New ecstasy for

Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy figurine, 2022, side
Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy figurine, 2022, front
Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy figurine, 2022, overhead
Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy figurine, 2022, detail
Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy figurine, 2022, detail

ROLLS-ROYCE has reimagined its iconic Spirit of Ecstasy figurine to grace the bonnet of its new all-electric car, the Spectre.

It is 111 years to the day the Spirit of Ecstasy was first registered as intellectual property of Rolls-Royce onFebruary 6, 1911.

The figurine has been remodelled with a lower, more dynamic stance that brings her much closer to the drawings made by her original creator, the illustrator and sculptor Charles Sykes, in the early years of the 20thcentury.

It also sees her physical form represent The Expression, a visual device that forms part of the marque's new visual language.

The new Spirit of Ecstasy stands 82.73mm tall, compared to her predecessor's 100.01mm. Her robes, which flow behind her in the slipstream - often but erroneously characterised as ‘wings' - have been subtly reshaped to make them more aerodynamic and realistic.

The most visible change is her stance.

Previously, she has stood with her feet together, legs straight and tilting at the waist. Now, she is a true goddess of speed, braced for the wind, one leg forward, body tucked low, her eyes focused eagerly ahead.

Rolls says the changes have both practical and stylistic benefits, contributing to Spectre's aerodynamic properties. The earliest Spectre prototypes have a drag coefficient of just 0.26, making it the most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce ever created.

The new figure is expected to improve during the product's exhaustive testing protocols being undertaken in 2022.

This new design captures the essence of Charles Sykes' original drawings, but rather than simply being ‘redrawn' or ‘redesigned'.

The new shape has been digitally sculpted by a computer modeller working at the home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, Sussex.

The designers also consulted stylists at Goodwood for their perspective on her hair, clothes, posture, and expression, adding an authentically contemporary aura to her dynamism and commanding presence.

While all figurines are made using one of the oldest known casting techniques, named ‘lost wax casting' or ‘cire-perdue', each is individually finished by hand, so will be minutely different from figurine to figurine.

As well as continuing a long Rolls-Royce tradition - until 1939, the mascots were made and polished by Charles Sykes himself - this subtle human element creates an intriguing contrast to the precise, lines of the car she sits atop.

Though relatively rare in the modern era, changes to the Spirit of Ecstasy have been made throughout her 111-year lifespan.

The mascot has been rendered in various sizes and materials and, briefly, in a kneeling position.

The new version created for the Spectre will appear on all future models while the current design will still be used on the Phantom, Ghost, Wraith, Dawn and Cullinan and their Black Badge alter egos where applicable.

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