Before you even think of somehow getting your cheque books out for this car, let us quote a famous song by The Weeknd — you are out of time! The Rolls-Royce Ghost Ekleipsis Edition limited to just 25 units all over the world. Also, it is very likely that no units will reach Indian shores.
The Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost Ekleipsis Edition basically celebrates the seldom-seen natural phenomenon of a Solar Eclipse. As such, it is set to be launched globally on October 14, which is when the annual Solar Eclipse is visible in certain parts of the Western Hemisphere. If you don’t understand what a Solar Eclipse is, you probably didn’t study science or geography in school.
Back to the car though. The Rolls-Royce Ghost Ekleipsis Edition receives cosmetic and interior treatment inspired by the Solar Eclipse. The exterior of the car is draped in a base shade of lyrical copper, with a bespoke finish of powdered copper pigment that helps the car appear darker, until it catches light, at which point the paint starts to ‘sparkle’.
The use of mandarin orange below the grille and on the brake calipers represent the pulses of sunlight as the eclipse progresses. A hand-painted coachline in mandarin orange runs along the shoulder line of the car, representing the transition from light to darkness.
On the inside, the starlight headliner comes with a special animation that plays when the doors close. In this special animation, a circle of 940 stars represents the corona of light around the moon during the eclipse. This circle is further surrounded by 192 other LED stars that become visible during the day, when a full eclipse has occurred. This animation lasts up to 7 minutes and 31 seconds — the exact duration of a solar eclipse. Rolls-Royce says this animation took a year to develop.
Furthermore, the dashboard features artwork consisting of 1,846 laser-etched ‘stars’, and to the left of it is a clock which incorporates a 0.5-carat bezel. This is inspired by the ‘diamond effect’, in which a point of light becomes visible right before and after the movement of the moon in front of the sun. This is then finally complemented by dual-tone seats with a unique artwork made of over 200,000 perforations.
Just remember, like they taught us in school, don’t look at the sun directly during the eclipse, lest you be singing the chorus of ‘blinding lights.’