Rolls-Royce goes the extra mile

Rolls-Royce’s bespoke manufacturing team have designed and manufactured their smallest ever motor for ill children at a local Chichester hospital.

The appropriately-named Rolls-Royce SRH will allow children awaiting surgery to drive themselves to the operating theatre, through the Pediatric Unit corridors which are lined with ‘traffic signs’.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars welcomed two test drivers from the Pediatric Unit at St Richard’s Hospital, Molly Matthews and Hari Rajyaguru, to the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood to test it out.

Molly and Hari viewed the car being unveiled in style at the company’s Goodwood Studio in the same manner that all Rolls-Royce's VIP customers do when ordering their bespoke vehicles.

This exclusive event served as final validation and pre-delivery inspection of the Rolls-Royce SRH ahead of the official handover to the patients, their families and the devoted day surgery team at St Richard’s.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “We are a proud member of the community here in West Sussex.

“The Pediatric Unit at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester does such vital work in providing essential care to young people and their families.

“We hope that the Rolls‑Royce SRH will serve to make the experience for young people during treatment a little less stressful.”

Built from the ground-up by the company’s dedicated bespoke manufacturing team, the Rolls-Royce SRH presents to its very important customer a landmark study in bespoke luxury.

Akin to the conception of every Rolls-Royce bespoke commission, a restless desire to understand the customer’s requirements informed every aspect of the design.

The car is therefore specified with a two-tone paint-scheme of Andalusian White and Salamanca Blue and finished with a hand-applied St James Red coachline.

The interior space is also appointed with the same finesse and attention-to-detail afforded to every Rolls-Royce patron, with the two-tone steering wheel, seats and self-righting wheel centres also perfectly colour-matched to the St James Red coachline.

A top speed of 10mph is achieved in seconds courtesy of power derived from a 24 volt gel battery that propels the car with the same whisper-quietness as Rolls-Royce’s magnificent V12 engines.

For those preferring a more sedate journey, the speed setting is variable and can be limited to a statelier but no-less exhilarating 4mph.

Sir Henry Royce’s famous credo: “when it does not exist, design it,” echoes around the marque’s home in Goodwood, with this spirit highly evident in the conception of the Rolls‑Royce SRH.

The bespoke manufacturing team devoted over 400 hours of their own time to developing and hand-crafting this most extraordinary Rolls-Royce.

Lawrie Mewse, project leader of the Rolls-Royce SRH, said: “I am immensely proud of what the team has achieved.

“This project showcases the amazing skills and technology that exist in the Bespoke Manufacturing Team and across every area at the Home of Rolls Royce here at Goodwood.

“However, the most important thing is giving back to the local community and having a positive impact for children and their parents during their time in hospital.”

Marianne Griffiths, chief executive, of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “Just like the joy it will bring to our young patients, the Rolls-Royce SRH is simply priceless.

“It is a very special gift and one of the most wonderful donations ever received by Love Your Hospital, our trust’s dedicated charity.

“On behalf of everyone at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and especially the small team who volunteered so much of their own time in support of St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and the children we care for.”