has announced the birth of the new Ghost. Rolls-Royce’s proprietary aluminium
spaceframe architecture allowed the design team to increase the width by 30mm.
This is framed by sharp bow lines that intersect with an angular light
signature, creating an assertive yet beautiful front end. In addition, new
Ghost was given its own ethereal front-end character. This was achieved not by
way of overt design, but with light. Yes, around 20 LEDS underneath the top of
the radiator grille subtly illuminate the veins.
the first time, the Spirit of Ecstasy is not surrounded by panel lines but is
within her own ‘lake’ of bonnet. Two of the cast suspension mounting assembles
were pushed to the very front of new Ghost, placing its 6.75-litre V12 behind
the front axle to achieve an optimum 50/50 weight distribution.
feedback asking for near-instant torque and near-silent running led the marque
to further develop the Rolls-Royce 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 petrol
engine. A bespoke Ghost engine map was created to ensure ample performance for
this dynamic motor car, delivering 563bhp and 850Nm of torque to the all-wheel
steer, all-wheel drivetrain. Commensurate with clients’ expectations, maximum
torque is available from just 1600rpm
accommodate this without intruding on new Ghost’s interior suite, its overall
length has grown by 89mm, compared to the first Goodwood Ghost, to 5546mm, and
its overall width has grown by 30mm to 1978mm.
marque’s hallmark Magic Carpet Ride has evolved. For new Ghost, engineering
specialists redesigned the motor car’s suspension completely to deliver what is
called the Planar Suspension System. Named after a geometric plane, which is
completely flat and level, the system is the result of ten collective years of
testing and development to create a sense of flight on land never before
achieved by a motor car.
through physical engineering developments as well as sophisticated scanning and
software technology, it incorporates a world-first Upper Wishbone Damper unit
above the front suspension assembly, creating an even more stable and
effortless ride. This works alongside the Flagbearer system, which uses cameras
to read the road ahead and prepare the suspension system for any changes in
road surface, as well as the marque’s Satellite Aided Transmission.
Planar software also manages information that requires new Ghost to proactively
adapt to intrusions in the road ahead. The first of these technologies is the
marque’s Flagbearer system. This technology
consists of a stereo camera system integrated in the windscreen to see the road
ahead, adjusting suspension proactively rather than reactively up to 100km/h.
The second is Rolls-Royce’s Satellite Aided Transmission system, which draws
GPS data to pre-select the optimum gear for upcoming corners. The result is
unprecedented levels of ride comfort and control for a motor car.
clients have enjoyed self-closing doors since the first Goodwood Phantom.
Operated by a button on the dashboard and on the C-pillar for motor cars with
rear doors, this innovation has been celebrated among customers. For new Ghost,
the marque’s engineers elected to further develop this hallmark technology and,
for the first time, clients can now also open the doors with power assistance. Clients
first open the door with one pull of the interior handle, then allow the handle
to return to its resting position while they check for potential hazards, and
then pull and hold it for full power assistance on opening. Once the door is
opened sufficiently for the client’s egress, they simply stop pulling the
handle, which engages a door brake.
the client has alighted, they are able to close the door completely
automatically at the push of a button on the exterior door handle. If they
prefer to close the door manually, the operation is power assisted. On-board
longitudinal and transverse sensors, as well as G-force sensors fitted to each
door, allow the same speed of operation regardless of hill or driveway angles.
Micro-Environment Purification System
Ghost benefits from a new Micro-Environment Purification System (MEPS).
Existing air filtration technology was further developed to incorporate a full
suite of hardware and software improvements.
equipment includes: LED and laser headlights with more than 600m of illuminated
range, vision assist, including day- and night-time wildlife and pedestrian
warning; alertness assistant; a four-camera system with panoramic view,
all-round visibility and helicopter view; active cruise control; collision
warning; cross-traffic warning; lane departure and lane change warning; an
industry-leading 7x3 high-resolution head-up display; Wi-Fi hotspot; self-park;
and the very latest navigation and entertainment systems.
Ghost’s aluminium construction has a
higher acoustic impedance compared to steel. Larger sections of the
architecture have also been created with specific access points for the
installation of acoustic damping materials – new Ghost uses more than 100kg in
total, applied in the doors, roof, between the double-glazed windows, inside
the tyres and within nearly all of the architecture itself.
a highly insulated sound stage is created, components that generate almost
imperceptible sound waves are tracked and modified. The inside of the air
conditioning ducting, for example, created an unacceptable level of wind noise
so it was removed and polished to inform the production of the final component.
Even drivetrain hardware was adjusted to create new Ghost’s near-silent soundstage
– the diameter of the prop shaft was adjusted and its rigidity increased to
seat frames in early prototypes, for example, resonated at a different
frequency to the body, so damping units were developed to bring the noise
together into a single note. Additionally, the large, 507-litre boot cavity
produced a low frequency that could be felt at motorway speeds – ports were
built underneath the rear parcel shelf that allowed these disruptive sound
waves to escape and therefore better harmonise new Ghost’s overall acoustics.
The new Ghost incorporates a resonance
chamber into the body’s sill section; the frequency response of the Bespoke
Audio speaker component defined the chamber’s size and shape. In essence, this
transforms the motor car into a subwoofer.
powerful amplifier controls 18 channels (one for each speaker), providing a
1300W output. Exciter speakers were used
alongside more conventional cone-type speakers. These units are bonded to the
surface of an object, imparting vibration from the exciter’s moving mass
directly into it – in the case of new Ghost, the Starlight Headliner, in effect
transforming the motor car’s ceiling into a large speaker. Two active
microphones in the cabin also enable an adaptive function, detecting the
absence or overemphasis of frequencies before triggering the amplifier to
adjust the loudness of certain frequency ranges to counteract it. The Bespoke
Audio system makes the most of the highest quality uncompressed music,
providing an exceptional listening experience.
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