Rolls-Royce has unveiled a special limited edition of the Black Badge Ghost called the ‘Ékleipsis Private Collection‘ to coincide with the solar eclipse scheduled for October 14. Only 25 of these unique vehicles have been produced, and they have all been allocated.
Rolls-Royce has gone to great lengths to ensure that the Ékleipsis is truly distinctive. Even the paint color, Lyrical Copper, is exclusive to this edition, featuring powdered copper pigment that gives it a darker appearance until it catches the light. This exceptional exterior finish is complemented by mandarin orange accents adorning the Pantheon Grille, brake calipers, and hand-painted coachline running along the side of the 5.4-meter luxury limousine.
Inside the cabin, the vibrant orange hue continues, with mandarin piping even on the concealed umbrellas in the Ghost’s coach doors. The bi-colored seats in the Ékleipsis feature ‘unique perforated artwork,’ revealing more mandarin orange beneath the black surface through over 200,000 individual perforations.
One notable detail is the addition of a 0.5-carat diamond on the dashboard’s timepiece, marking a first for Rolls-Royce. This diamond is intended to evoke the ‘diamond ring’ effect that occurs just before and after a total solar eclipse when the moon obscures the sun.
However, the pièce de résistance is the bespoke Starlight Headliner, which includes a specially designed animation that took a full year to develop. When the car is started and the doors are closed, the ‘stars’ in the headliner darken to mimic the moon completely blocking the sunlight. Subsequently, 940 of these ‘stars’ form a circle, replicating the sun’s corona, a phenomenon visible to the naked eye during a total solar eclipse. An additional 192 ‘stars’ illuminate to represent stars and planets typically not visible in daylight, except during an eclipse.
What sets this apart is the duration of the sequence, lasting precisely seven minutes and 31 seconds, which coincides with the longest possible duration of a total solar eclipse. Achieving this remarkable animation required the dedicated effort of 1,846 people, with one individual assigned to adjust the size and position of each ‘star’ during each Ékleipsis’s production. This meticulous process alone took over 100 hours to complete.