Tak­ing a shine to ec­stasy

Cashed-up Rolls-Royce own­ers can light the way, writes PAUL GOVER

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige News -

THE most fa­mous lady in motoring is up in lights. The Spirit of Ec­stasy, which sits on the front of ev­ery Rolls-Royce Phan­tom, can now be lit for night-time ef­fect.

The il­lu­mi­nated Spirit of Ec­stasy be­gan as a mo­tor show tease.

It was fit­ted to a Rolls-Royce 101EX, a con­cept car first seen at the Geneva mo­tor show in 2006.

The idea was sup­posed to start and fin­ish there.

But Rolls-Royce has some very per­sua­sive cus­tomers with big cheque ac­counts.

So the spot­light was shifted to the mas­cot, with the com­pany’s be­spoke divi­sion swing­ing into action.

The re­sult is a very spe­cial mas­cot made, in­stead of steel, from a poly­car­bon­ate ma­te­rial called Makrolon.

This gives a frosted-glass ef­fect but, more im­por­tantly, al­lows a light source to be streamed into the Ec­stasy mas­cot.

A pair of tiny LED bulbs at the base of the fig­urine are ac­ti­vated when the Phan­tom’s owner trig­gers the wel­come lighting sys­tem, which also turns on the head­lamps.

This spe­cial light show does not come cheap— it’s close to $10,000— and only 24 have been fit­ted so far.

None has made it to Aus­tralia, but that could change if Rolls-Royce de­cides to shine the light on the com­ing Ghost, a model that will dou­ble pro­duc­tion and sales of the his­toric Bri­tish brand.

Take a bow: tiny bulbs at the base light up the Spirit of Ec­stasy on a Roller bon­net.

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