In this fraught age of cars propelled by the nebulous concept of electricity and others threatening to take over the very task of driving, Rolls-Royce wants to remind us of the wonderment of looking up just in time to see a shooting star.
But rather than having to expose yourself to the elements to do so, Rolls is inviting a handful of lucky (and wealthy) people to do so inside their cars — specifically, the 55 examples of its new Wraith Luminary Collection, a bespoke model that adds shooting stars to the brand's renowned starlight headliner.
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Each example of the Wraith Luminary is fitted with a headliner hand-woven with 1,320 LEDs, including eight that can mimic the light trails characteristic of a shooting star. These "fire" at random, mostly over the front seats as a recognition of the Wraith's status as a car for wealthy people who enjoy doing the driving themselves.
Other interior features include front seats done in saddlery tan leather and contrasted by black-upholstered rear seating, while contrasting piping links the front and rear cabin sections together.
There's also a new stainless steel fabric lining the transmission tunnel and door panels, incorporating technical fibres that measure as little as .008 mm in diameter. Rolls says the stainless fabric for each car takes three days to produce in a clean-room environment.