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Rolls-Royce reveals illuminated dashboard for upcoming Ghost

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Rolls-Royce has the new Ghost lined-up for its Global Reveal on 1st September 2020 via the digital platform and the brand has been teasing the next-generation Ghost revealing its detail little by little. The brand has now revealed that the next-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost will feature a bespoke illuminated dashboard fascia created especially for the new Ghost. 

The brand has developed the Rolls-Royce Ghost over the course of two years and has gone through more than 10,000 collective hours and the result is an exquisite glowing Ghost nameplate surrounded by 850 illuminated stars located on the passenger side of the dashboard fascia. 

The star constellation and the Ghost wordmark are completely invisible when the car is not in operation. The bespoke illuminated dashboard fascia reverberates with the model’s Starlight Headliner which has become a part of the Rolls-Royce brand as is the Pantheon Grille, ‘Double R’ monogram and the Spirit of Ecstasy. 

The design is a result of direct feedback from Rolls Royce clients provided before the new Ghost’s development. The initial “Busy” & “Superficial” designs were rejected in favour of more refined and bespoke designs and the brand decided not to use simple screen technology to achieve the effect but instead created a highly complex luxury innovation. 

The illuminated dashboard fascia is created using 152 LEDs mounted above and beneath the fascia which are painstakingly colour matched to the instruments dial lighting and the clock. To ensure that the Ghost graphic is lit evenly, a 2 millimetre-thick light guide is used, featuring more than 90,000 laser-etched dots across the surface. This not only disperses the light evenly but creates a twinkling effect as the eyes move across the fascia, echoing with the hallmark Starlight Headliner. 

The brand has also gone to extreme engineering lengths to ensure that the illuminated fascia is completely invisible when the vehicle is not in operation. The brand has employed three layers of composite material to achieve this. The first substrate is a piano black layer which is removed by etching it with a laser to allow light to shine through the Ghost wordmark and the Star Constellation. Then a dark-tinted layer lacquer is used to hide the lettering when not in use and finally a subtle layer of tinted lacquer is applied before the fascia is hand polished to achieve a perfectly uniform 0.5mm thick, high gloss finish that matches other high gloss accents incorporated into the interiors of the Goodwood Ghost.