Tiny Rolls-royce built to boost sick kids

South Waikato News - - Motoring - DOUG SAIL

Renowned luxury Bri­tish au­tomaker Rolls-royce is giv­ing back to its com­mu­nity with a spe­cial edi­tion car.

This new cre­ation, the Rolls Royce SRH, is a one of a kind elec­tric ve­hi­cle, that will trans­port pre­cious young cargo dur­ing a dif­fi­cult time.

St Richard’s Hospi­tal in Chices­ter, West Sus­sex, the home town of Rolls-royce, is the re­cip­i­ent of this lux­u­ri­ous mini car.

The SRH will be used in the pae­di­atric wing, to al­low pa­tients to drive them­selves to the op­er­at­ing room.

They hope the mo­ments of mo­torised play will re­duce the stress of surgery.

The car was cre­ated from the ground up, hand crafted by Rolls-royce’s be­spoke man­u­fac­tur­ing team. They used new tech­nolo­gies, like 3D print­ing to cre­ate the Rolls Royce sig­na­ture hood or­na­ment, the Spirit of Ec­stasy, for the Rolls Royce SRH. It has a two-tone paint-scheme of An­dalu­sian White and Sala­manca Blue and fin­ished with a hand-ap­plied St James Red coach­line.

The interior has the same at­ten­tion-to-de­tail af­forded ev­ery Rolls-royce, with the twotone steer­ing wheel, seats and self-right­ing wheel cen­tres per­fectly colour-matched to the St James Red coach­line. A top speed of 16kmh is achieved in sec­onds courtesy of power de­rived from a 24 volt gel bat­tery. For those pre­fer­ring a more se­date jour­ney, the speed set­ting is vari­able and can be lim­ited to a state­lier but no-less ex­hil­a­rat­ing 6.5kmh.

Help­ing with the launch were two test driv­ers from the Pae­di­atric Unit at St Richard’s Hospi­tal - Molly Matthews and Hari Ra­jyaguru. They got to view the car be­ing un­veiled in style at the com­pany’s Good­wood Stu­dio in the same man­ner for all Rolls-royce VIP cus­tomers.

The chil­dren and their fam­i­lies en­joyed VIP hos­pi­tal­ity with one no­table ad­di­tion to the usual cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence and the young­sters both en­joyed first drives on the Rolls-royce pro­duc­tion line, an ex­cep­tion­ally rare priv­i­lege usu­ally re­served for the mar­que’s chief ex­ec­u­tive dur­ing the val­i­da­tion process for new model fam­i­lies The fam­i­lies were also chauf­feured home in Rolls-royce Ghosts.

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