Rolls-Royce by numbers: What you never knew about their luxurious automobiles

Rolls-Royce by numbers: What you never knew about their luxurious automobiles

Ride of a lifetime

Text: Andrea Sim

What goes into one of the British manufacturer's seductive, silent machines? We bring you the numbers required to achieve its unparalleled calibre

"Bought a Wraith for winter, and a vert for summer". Rapper 2 Chainz's lyrical ode to the automobile centurion is not the first tune to place them on a pedastal. It certainly won't be the last either. Distinct with a robust body and striking presence, a Rolls-Royce isn't simply a car; it's also a milestone, a badge of honour, and the undisputed king of the road.  

Renowned for their power-packed engines and miraculous barely-there hum, the car company also earned its spot as the cream of the crop by welcoming customisation requests. Hand-set wooden marquetry and bespoke storage spaces for wine glasses, picnic baskets and jewellery, are just some of the bespoke detailing they've previously introduced.

With no detail small enough to go undetected by the motoring giant, we break down in numbers what it takes to construct one of these coveted British cars. 

shades of paint are available for the car's exterior 

10% of the Phantom's V12 engine power is all it needs to the run the car at a steady 113 km/hr

metres of thread is needed for the interior of every Bespoke Home of Rolls-Royce Collection Phantom

diamonds pepper the insides of the Celestial Phantom

100 pounds of paint is used to coat a single car

 of Rolls-Royce automobiles ever made still run the road

pairs of hands are required to build one car

18 hides of natural grain leather are used to upholster the Phantom's interior

lengths of the wheel add up to the total height of the car

degrees is the lowest temperature the leather hides are subjected to for quality control. Hides that pass the extreme temperature tests are selected to furnish their car interiors

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