Rolls-Royce has an interesting relationship with the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Though the marque is no stranger to powerful cars, it tends not to build machines meant for such an outright orgy of flat-out speed. But on the other hand, Rolls-Royce is headquartered in Goodwood, and it would be downright strange to not participate in a car show that’s already at your doorstep. So Rolls must walk a line with what it brings to the festival, putting an emphasis on the Ghost and Wraith, rather than the Phantom, which is typically driven by a chauffeur.

Rolls-Royce brought one of each of these models to the festival, built specifically for the event and even sporting custom kickplates inscribed to commemorate the occasion. The cars were driven by Rolls-Royce/BMW test drivers for the famous hillclimb event, which must have been amazing to watch, given the sheer size of the vehicles. The short press release from Rolls even went so far as to call the Wraith “the ultimate gentleman’s Gran Turismo”. It’s a bold claim for a company not usually associated with GT cars, but there is certainly an argument for it. What do you think, too far?

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In much the same way that Rolls-Royce brings cars to all of these sorts of shows, these were meant to show off some of the customization options offered by the Bespoke program, although Rolls was surprisingly sparing in its direct mentioning of the program. But we do still get some details about what went into the cars. The black Ghost is actually the Course Car this year, which is why it has a light bar mounted on the roof. And although we can’t see it, it apparently has a Hotspur Red interior.

The Wraith is more of a show car, as it hasn’t been enlisted for Course Car duty. The paint is pretty eye-catching on its own, and it also has a Hotspur Red interior. The inside of the doors feature wooden paneling inspired by the sort typical of Canadel cove in southern France, an area favored by Henry Royce for his winters. It might be a stretch to call that a heritage touch, but it’s a safe bet that it looks good either way.

2015 Rolls Royce Ghost

2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II High Resolution Exterior
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2015 Rolls Royce Wraith

2014 Rolls Royce Wraith High Resolution Exterior
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Press Release

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will celebrate the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a significant presence on the famous Hillclimb. Ghost Series II and Wraith will be on familiar turf, with Goodwood House within sight of the Home of Rolls-Royce.

Course Car. The Course Car this year will be a Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II, resplendent with LED race lights. The car is finished in Diamond Black, with the interior in Black and contrasting Hotspur Red leather and Black Stained Ash veneer. The contemporary design for the roof‑mounted race lights was handcrafted in aluminium at the manufacturing plant. The Course Car will be driven by David Monks, Chief Tester, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and the car can be seen on the course between each Hillclimb Run throughout the weekend.

Supercar. The ultimate gentleman’s Gran Turismo, Wraith can be seen on the Supercar Run up the hill and in between Hillclimbs in the Supercar Paddock. The car presented is finished in Ensign Red with contrast silver, with the interior in Black, Seashell and contrasting Hotspur Red leather and a machined metal facia. The coach doors open to reveal Canadel Panelling in Tudor Oak, named after the famous Canadel cove in the South of France where Sir Henry Royce and his design and engineering teams spent their winters. Wraith will be driven by Joerg Weidinger, a champion mountain and hillclimb driver and Test Engineer for BMW Motorsport.

Both cars were built specifically for the event and feature unique Bespoke treadplates that read: ‘Hand built in Goodwood, England for the Festival of Speed 2015’.

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