The most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce ever made will be unveiled at the exclusive Blenheim Palace event later this month, while two of the most coveted cars from its long and illustrious history will star in the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by AXA.
The latest Ghost replaces the most successful product in the 116-year history of Rolls-Royce and reflects the company’s ‘Post Opulent’ design philosophy – as well as Sir Henry Royce’s timeless edict to ‘Take the best that exists and make it better’. Only the famous Spirit of Ecstacy and the umbrellas were carried over from the previous Ghost. Everything else has been crafted and engineered from the ground up.
Based around a rigid aluminium spaceframe, the luxurious saloon features an effortlessly powerful 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 engine and incorporates all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering. The redesigned Planar suspension system provides the marque’s fabled ‘magic carpet’ ride and works in tandem with the Flagbearer system, which uses cameras to read the surface ahead so that the Ghost can anticipate and react to even the most demanding roads. The driving experience is further enhanced by the Satellite Aided Transmission, which uses GPS data to pre-select the optimum gear for the corner ahead.
Inside, the aim was to create a serene driving experience, and the sumptuous cabin features a world first in the shape of its Illuminated Fascia. Developed over the course of two years, it produces a glowing ‘Ghost’ nameplate surrounded by 850 stars on the passenger’s side of the dashboard, and is typical of the painstaking attention to detail that has gone into every aspect of the car.
Sir Malcolm Campbell classic in attendance too
Such engineering excellence has always been a Rolls-Royce hallmark, as proven by two more cars that will grace the lawns of Blenheim Palace. The Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by AXA will include a 1911 Silver Ghost with two-seat open tourer coachwork by Rippon. It will be joined there by an ex-Sir Malcolm Campbell Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon. Chassis number 140MY was delivered to the Land Speed Record hero on 28 March 1933 – Campbell was such a fan of the marque that he wrote the official brochure for the Phantom II, entitled ‘The best Rolls-Royce yet produced’.
An iconic car event
Salon Privé Now in its 15th year, ‘Salon Privé Week’ is a must-attend series of events for any car enthusiast or aficionado. A Partner Concours to the Peninsula Classics ‘Best of the Best’ Award, Salon Privé is now recognised as one of the top events in the world alongside Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Held annually within the grounds of Blenheim Palace, Salon Privé is firmly established as the one of the UK’s most exclusive Motor Shows.
Salon Privé Week 2020
22nd September – Closed Media VIP Day
23rd September – Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by AXA
24th September – Salon Privé Ladies’ Day by Boodles
25th September – Salon Privé Masters by Pirelli and Lockton
26th September – Salon Privé Classic & Supercar featuring The Salon Privé Club Trophy
Tickets can be purchased via the website www.salonpriveconcours.com or by calling the Ticket Hotline: 0808 100 2205.
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