Starting January 31st, 2014 and running through February 18th, 2015 China will be in the Year of the Horse. According to the Chinese zodiac, each year is under the sign of a strong animal, and each repeats every 12 years, with the Horse bringing fortune and many changes in one’s life.
Of course, this has nothing to do with cars, but there are many people out there that govern their lives by the zodiac, especially in China, so it was expected that automakers would take this opportunity to rake in some extra profits.
Rolls Royce is one automaker that has no shame in producing special-edition models for events like this, and it did so with the new Ghost Majestic Horse Edition. This model will be built in limited quantities and will take inspiration from classical interpretations of the horse in traditional Chinese art.
Additionally, with 2014 is the first time in over 50 years that the element wood and the horse are marked together, the interior of the car will be all about wood.
There is no mention of performance upgrades, so we assume that this Ghost Majestic Horse Edition boasts the same 6,592 cc, V-12 engine with 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque.
Deliveries of the new Rolls-Royce Ghost Majestic Horse Edition will begin in the second quarter of 2014.
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Rolls-Royce Ghost Majestic Horse Edition in Detail
This special-edition Ghost Majestic Horse gets a is draped in a sleek coat of white paint, with a horse motif hand-applied to the twin coachlines.
On the interior, the same horse motif is hand-crafted marquetry on the dashboard, and embroidery on the headrest and cushions.
Rear Seat Detail
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to announce the debut of the Majestic Horse Collection – a limited number of Bespoke Rolls-Royce Ghosts that take inspiration from classical interpretations of the horse in traditional Chinese art. The cars present a contemporary re-imagining of the traditional Chinese representation of the horse in beautifully hand-crafted marquetry to the dash-board and embroidery to the headrest and cushions. The exterior is exquisitely finished with horse motif, hand-applied to the twin coachlines.
The collection also times with the Chinese Zodiac, Year of the Horse, being celebrated in 2014.
The convergence of two key themes of this highly auspicious year can be seen in the dashboard’s hand-crafted marquetry. In traditional Chinese cultures, an ‘element’ is celebrated in conjunction with an animal. For the first time in over half a century, the element ‘wood’ and the horse are marked in the same year.
“Customers from around the world choose to commission motor cars that celebrate cultural stories and occasions. It is testament to the creativity and flexibility of Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke design team that these requests can be beautifully executed,” said Gavin Hartley, Bespoke Design Manager. “It is most satisfying to celebrate both this highly auspicious year in Chinese culture and our craftspeoples’ mastery of wood.”
The creation of the Majestic Horse Ghost follows a period of exceptional growth in demand for Bespoke personalisation in Asia - commissions from China are up 103% year-on-year, whilst an increase of 69% has been observed in the wider Asia-Pacific region. “Asia Pacific customers are increasingly embracing the unparalleled scope for personalisation our Bespoke service offers.” said Paul Harris, Asia Pacific Regional Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
“This limited series of motor cars perfectly marries Chinese artistic tradition to the very best in contemporary British automotive design. Highly discerning customers have a profound appreciation of fine craftsmanship, with many delighting at travelling to the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England to consult with designers and witness first-hand the practices that reinforce Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ position as purveyor of the world’s pinnacle super-luxury good.”
Deliveries to customers of the limited Majestic Horse Edition Ghost are expected to commence from second quarter of 2014.