Rolls-Royce sheds light on its newly developed Illuminated Fascia

By JAY WONG | 25 August 2020

LONDON: Ultra-luxury coach-builders that is Rolls-Royce has revealed its Illuminated Fascia that's taken them some two years and more than 10,000 collective hours to create.

Meant exclusively for the Ghost that's making its virtual debut on Sept 1 at 8.00pm (Malaysia) via, this bespoke illuminated innovation sports the glowing Ghost nameplate that's surrounded by more than 850 stars.

Located on the passenger side of the dashboard, the constellation and wordmark are completely invisible when the car is not in operation and looks to be the perfect addition to accompany the brand's Starlight Headliner, Spirit of Ecstasy, Pantheon Grille and ‘Double R’ monogram.

Rejecting the simplicity of employing "screen technology" to achieve the effect presented by the Illuminated Fascia, the company's craftspeople have instead used 152 LEDs mounted above and beneath the fascia that's matched to the cabin’s clock and instrument dial lighting.

To ensure that the Ghost graphic is lit evenly, a 2mm-thick light guide is used, featuring more than 90,000 laser-etched dots across the surface which disperses the light homogenously.

This is able to create a twinkling effect as the eyes move across it yet remain completely invisible when not operational.

To achieve this, three layers of composite materials are used starting with a Piano Black substrate, which has been laser-etched to remove the black colouring and allow light to shine through the Ghost wordmark and star cluster.

This is then overlaid with a layer of dark-tinted lacquer to help hide the lettering before the fascia is sealed with a layer of subtly tinted lacquer and then meticulously hand polished to achieve a perfectly uniform 0.5mm-thick, high-gloss finish.