Rolls-Royce is getting ready for the Rugby World Cup with another special one-off creation based on its sporty Wraith coupé that takes the game as its inspiration.
The "Rolls-Royce Wraith - History of Rugby" model follows similar bespoke design exercises focused on cinema and music and is as much a celebration of the sport and its roots in English culture as it is of the creativity and craftsmanship at the luxury car company.
The car's exterior finish is the same hue of white worn by the English Rugby Union team but the color is as old as the game itself: its first players, at the Rugby School back in 1823, always wore white. This completely neutral color also serves to highlight the complexity and intricacy of the car's coachline.
As with all Rolls-Royce cars, it is hand-painted but for this particular model it incorporates a red English Rose motif that sits above the car's shoulder line before the front door. The finishing external touch is a set of 21-inch double-spoke alloy wheels to suggest muscularity.
Inside the rose motif continues. The headrests each feature an embroidered red rose as do the doorsill plates.
The seats and door panels are finished in a combination of seashell and Navy Blue leather while the car's dashboard is awash with piano black veneer. The infotainment screen cover also features a rose motif, this time in contrasting, polished silver veneer to stand out against the black.
The finishing touch is an accessory: a specially made rugby ball, courtesy of Gilbert -- the world's oldest and foremost rugby ball manufacturer. The company has produced a "very limited" number of balls using the same leather that adorns the car's interior as well as the English Rose and Rolls-Royce motifs. Like the car, each ball was embroidered by the craftspeople at Rolls-Royce to ensure a perfect match.
"This truly unique Wraith emphasizes vision and individuality, inspired by the role it plays within a team," said James Crichton, Regional Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Europe. "While the game of rugby may have been inspired by the act of one individual, it is one of the world's most popular team sports. In a similar vein, this one car represents the efforts of the team of engineers and craftspeople working at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, producing the most individual motor cars in the world."