Taking a shine to ecstasy
Cashed-up Rolls-Royce owners can light the way, writes PAUL GOVER
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.