Phantom, Ghost, Wraith, Dawn... Having set the benchmark for 21st century super-refined motor cars, Rolls-Royce is at the pinnacle of British luxury manufacturing. The development of an all-new motor car will now take the marque in an entirely original direction.
From a desire to build the best motor car in the world, Phantom redefined the marque for the 21st century. Phantom Extended Wheelbase, Phantom Drophead Coupé and Phantom Coupé followed – before our engineers decided to make the best motor car in the world even better.
Phantom Series II was born.
Adding another model to the marque, Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase delivered simplicity out of complexity. Wraith followed and the world stood still. Then the endlessly sociable Dawn reimagined the open-top driving experience. Now Project Cullinan is set to astound.
Designed to deliver effortless comfort both on and off the road, Project Cullinan will be a high-bodied motor car with an aluminium architecture. As much about Charles Rolls’ adventurous spirit as it is about Sir Henry Royce’s dedication to engineering, it promises the effortless luxury synonymous with Rolls-Royce.
Since we announced Project Cullinan to the world in February 2015, we’ve built an early engineering test model. Based on a shortened Phantom Series II body, the prototype may hint at the intended size of the new Rolls-Royce. But at this stage our intentions are to use it to test our new all-wheel drive suspension system.
Engineered to deliver our hallmark magic carpet ride both on and off the road, we will first test the suspension on all types of road surfaces at a specialist facility. After that, we’ll move on to public roads. With surfaces including Belgian Pavé, cobblestones, corrugated concrete and acceleration bumps, we’ll put Project Cullinan through its paces.
But you can’t rush perfection. And the journey is only just beginning.
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Designing Ghost’s interior
With a desire to create an interior that evokes this motor car’s intrinsic simplicity, Alan Sheppard, Head of Interior Design at Rolls-Royce, gives us an insight into creating Ghost.