If you’re looking for some feel-good content, you’ve come to the right place. It’s not often a car article can bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye, but the time has come.
We’re all familiar with the Rolls-Royce. Well, probably not personally familiar, given the price tag on most of the brand’s models, but most folks have heard of this thing called “Rolls-Royce.” They aren’t small. In fact, they offer the Ghost and Phantom models in an “extended” format, stretching the wheelbase an extra six inches.
But, wheeling around the Paediatric Day Surgery Unit of St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester is the tiniest Rolls-Royce in the world, and also the brand’s only all-electric vehicle to boot. It’s known as the SRH model, and it was designed to allow children to have a little bit of fun while doing very scary things, like heading into surgery.
Borrowing its good looks from its big sibling, the Wraith model, the SRH is carbon fiber reinforced fiberglass. Up front is the classic Pantheon grille and The Spirit of Ecstacy. The main differences include the medical-grade upholstery, lack of roof, and a top speed of 4 miles per hour.
Of course, children driving themselves down hospital corridors to the surgical suite don’t need to go much faster. The idea behind the SRH is to allow children to drive themselves to surgery in a real-and-true Rolls-Royce, which is definitely more fun than being strapped to a gurney, scared and worried about the procedure lurking ahead.
After four years of service, the SRH has racked up 62 miles of road wear, which makes it just about ready for a tiny car service call. The Rolls-Royce team has taken the SRH to the Global Center of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence in Goodwood for a full service, including restoration of the paint job.
While it’s rare for a Rolls-Royce to return to Goodwood to get its scuffs buffed out — in fact, it’s rare for a Rolls-Royce to get scuffs in the first place — the SRH is not your average vehicle. As Andrew Ball, Head of Corporate Relations for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars stated, “We’re delighted to provide ongoing support for this unique car and its very special owners and drivers.”
There you go.
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