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This one-off Rolls-Royce Wraith is signed with stars

That’s right – with stars, not by them

Published: 07 Apr 2017

It’d be one thing to have stars endorse your new Rolls-Royce. If you designed your Rolls-Royce in tandem with stars, you’d certainly get our attention. Especially if one was part of Pink Floyd. 

But what about if your new Rolls-Royce wasn’t perfunctorily signed by a star, but painstakingly signed with stars? Yes, there are no fewer than 863 stars in the headlining of this particular Rolls-Royce Wraith.

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Okay, full disclosure – they’re not real stars. That would be rather warm. And we’d assume that the constant nuclear fusion going on inches above your head would get quite tiring after a few miles. 

Instead, they’re 863 individual fibre optic cables, hand-sewn in the headlining with 60,000 stitches – a process that took more than 90 hours. For reference, it takes about 18 hours for Toyota to turn a series of bolts and metal plates into a fully functioning, painted and road-ready Corolla. 

The project kicked off as a collaboration between Emirati artist Mohammed Kazem and the exceptionally detail-oriented chaps at Rolls-Royce’s Goodwood plant, with the headlining reflecting a very personal touch.

Apparently, Rolls-Royce customers, when commissioning their cars, have asked for the craftsmen involved to sign their handiwork. Yes, a Rolls-Royce is commissioned, not bought. 

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So, the galaxy of stars in the headlining is a kind of signature by the people who created the car, with the latitude and longitude of where each craftsmen is from, represented in both text and star-dot form. 

Kazem is apparently quite a fan of taking transient data points – like passing through certain coordinates, for instance – and translating them into art. And, for one lucky customer in the Middle East, his art is attached to a rather lovely R-R Wraith. 

We’re thinking that we’d like to see even more artist-carmaker mashups. It wouldn’t be anything new – it seems Mitsuoka already models everything they make after something by Salvador Dali.

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