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The Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow gets a colour graduation of silver to black complete with yellow highlights, inspired by a 1930s speed record holder.

21 Mar 2023 | International News : U.K.

Rolls-Royce is marking the last of its V12-powered coupes with this Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow.

Limited to just 12 examples globally - all of which have already been allocated - the Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow takes inspiration from 'Thunderbolt', the car in which Captain George Eyston set a world land speed record of 573km/h.

The Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow gets an exterior colour graduation that moves from Celebration Silver to Black Diamond
Thunderbolt came equipped with two Rolls-Royce V12 'R' Series aero engines. Its polished aluminium body made it difficult for timing equipment to detect the car when it attempted the speed record on the white surface of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Because of this, Eyston painted a large black arrow on the side of Thunderbolt, complete with a yellow central circle motif that could be easily detected by the timing equipment even at high speeds.

The Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow follows in the footsteps of Thunderbolt, sporting an exterior finished with a colour graduation in Celebration Silver and Black Diamond. A glass-infused paint is additionally applied above this colour graduation, to achieve a motion blur effect.

A total of 2,117 'stars' map out the Milky Way and the constellations as they would have appeared on 16 September 1938, the day Eyston set his speed record
Contrasting this colour graduation, meanwhile, are Bright Yellow bumper inserts and wheel pinstripes, recalling the yellow circle within Thunderbolt's black arrow.

The Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow also gets its V-struts located behind the radiator grille and in front of the engine finished in Bright Yellow, designed to draw the eye to its V12 engine.

Inside, the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow gets its armrests, seat gussets, transmission tunnel, door detail, door panniers and lower dashboard panel are all finished in Club leather.

This leather offers a greater sheen and deeper black colouration to contrast the matte Rolls-Royce natural-grain black leather.

The black hand-tips of the fascia clock mimic those painted onto Thunderbolt's side
Its Bespoke Starlight Headliner also incorporates a total of 2,117 fibre-optic 'stars'- the greatest number ever seen in a Rolls-Royce motor car.

These are arranged to depict the Milky Way and the constellations precisely as they would have appeared over the Salt Flats in Utah on 16 September 1938, the date of Eyston's final, immutable record.

An exclusive Bespoke plaque is mounted on the engine cover to signify this as the last V12 ever to be fitted to a Rolls-Royce coupe.

Machined from a single piece of polished metal, the plaque is inscribed with the V12 monogram in Bright Yellow, and the legend 'Final Coupe Collection' in Black.

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