Wraith Eagle VIII: In Celebration Of Charting The Skies

  1. Jeremy
  2. June 11, 2019 4:49 pm

Wraith Eagle VIII: In Celebration Of Charting The Skies

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The venerable brand unveiled its newest, much-anticipated Collection Car, the Wraith Eagle VIII, on the magnificent shores of Lake Como at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Designed by the Bespoke Collective at the House of Rolls-Royce, a Collection of just 50 Wraith Eagle VIII motor cars will impart the grand story of one of the most pivotal moments of the 20th century.

Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown braved uncharted skies to complete the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June, 1919. Contemporaries of Sir Henry Royce, Alcock and Brown flew non-stop from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland in a modified First World War Vickers Vimy bomber aircraft. The bi-plane was powered by twin 20.3 litre, 350 bhp, Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines. It is from this exemplary engine that this Collection takes its name. Thus, Rolls-Royce commemorates the centennial of this staggering feat with a contemporary Collection that speaks of adventure, while celebrating those who changed the course of history.

I do not know what we should most admire – their audacity, determination, skill, science, their aeroplane, their Rolls-Royce engines – or their good fortune”, said Sir Winston Churchill, following the perilous journey that brought unprecedented technological advancement to 20th-century society.

The duo braved and overcame every conceivable challenge an aviator could face, with the Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines being the only components that proved indestructible. The engines powered the aerial journey at previously unimagined speeds, averaging 115 mph. Truly, the danger of the adventure cannot be overstated.

Perhaps the most desirable element of the Collection is the distinctive unique starlight headliner. 1,183 starlight fibres depict the celestial arrangement at the time of the flight in 1919. The flight path and constellations are embroidered in a brass thread, whilst the precise moment the pair left the cloud to navigate by the stars is indicated by a red fibre optic light. The clouds are embroidered and a plaque reads: “The celestial arrangement at the halfway point 00:17am June 15th 1919, 50” 07’ Latitude North – 31” Longitude West”. This shows the half-way point of the journey.

Just 50 of these highly collectible motor cars will be created for discerning collectors at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex.

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