It was at the beginning of 2019 when the first mules of the new del Rolls-Royce Ghost, and since then the British firm has kept secret any information regarding the expected model.
The production model was introduced in 2009 as a tribute to the Silver Ghost and we are waiting for the firm to present the second generation later this year. The latest that the manufacturer has revealed is that it will equip a new platform based on the ‘Planar’ system and its cabin will be ‘almost’ absolutely silent.
More than 100 kg of insulating materials
The Planar suspension system, which has taken three years of development, is made up of three elements. The first is the so-called ‘Upper Wishbone Damper’ unit, which is mounted on the front suspension assembly and enables a ride that promises to be stable and comfortable.
The second is the ‘Flagbearer’ system, which uses cameras to read the road and prepare the suspension system for any changes to the road surface, just like the new one does Mercedes-Benz S-Class with its ability to ‘jump’ in a collision.
The third element of the Planar system is satellite-assisted transmission, which extracts GPS data to pre-select the optimal gear. “The Planar system enables the new Ghost to anticipate and react to even the most demanding road surface,” explains Rolls-Royce.
In addition, to ensure that no unwanted noise from the 6.75-liter V12 engine, the acoustic team installed a double panel to separate the engine compartment from the interior. The cavities in the roof, trunk, floor and doors were filled with more than 100 kilograms of sound absorbing materials.
Double-glazed windows with a transparent composite central sheet were used, as well as special tires lined with lightweight acoustic insulation foam.
However, after the first tests, the acoustic team discovered that total silence creates a very unnatural feeling and decided to generate a “whisper”, “a soft tone that customers experienced as a unique and subtle note”, as described by Rolls-Royce.
“When it came to creating a new Ghost, one that would outshine its incredible predecessor, the engineering team had to start from scratch. We pushed our architecture even further and created an even more dynamic, even more luxurious and most of all, still easier to use, “explains Ghost’s new chief engineer, Jonathan Simms.
In fact, it will share nothing with its predecessor other than the Spirit of Ecstasy emblem and the characteristic umbrellas on the door (it will surely also share a price starting at 350,000 euros).
At the moment we have only been able to glimpse the silhouette of the new Ghost through a series of illustrations published by the manufacturer in July.