On the 14th of October, 2024 Rolls-Royce Ghost Ekleipsis a significant portion of the Western Hemisphere will witness a partial solar eclipse, with the moon expected to obscure as much as 80 per cent of the sun in locations like Dallas, Texas. In honour of this celestial spectacle, Ghost Ekleipsis has unveiled a special edition of their Ghost model, known as the Ekleipsis Private Collection, specifically within the Black Badge series. A limited run of just 25 of these exclusive vehicles has been commissioned, and they’ve all found eager owners.
The 2024 Rolls-Royce Ghost Ekleipsis
The Ekleipsis is adorned in the enchanting shade of Lyrical Copper, bestowing upon the Ghost an enigmatic presence in dimly lit surroundings while gleaming when illuminated by brighter light. According to Rolls-Royce, a vibrant orange hue named Mandarin accents the front bumper and brake callipers, a nod to the intense bursts of sunlight observed during the eclipse’s progression. Adding to its allure, a meticulously hand-painted Mandarin coaching graces the Ghost’s shoulder line, with a delicate dotted motif symbolizing the transition from daylight to darkness.
Rolls-Royce‘s renowned Starlight headliner, featuring hundreds of miniature lights embedded in the car’s ceiling to mimic a starry night sky, receives a unique twist in the Ekleipsis. An animation unfolds when the doors are closed, and the engine is started, revealing a circle of 940 “stars” that symbolize the corona of light peeking around the moon during an eclipse. These are encircled by 192 other LEDs representing the stars suddenly visible during the daytime when a total eclipse occurs.
This mesmerizing animation lasts for precisely seven minutes and 31 seconds, mirroring the maximum duration of a total solar eclipse, after which all the LED stars come to life. Rolls-Royce shares that this elaborate animation required a full year of development.
The dashboard is adorned with intricate artwork featuring 1,846 laser-etched “stars”. This dazzling display demanded a single technician’s dedicated effort of 100 hours to craft. Adjacent to this masterpiece is a unique timepiece, its bezel embedded with a 0.5-carat diamond, inspired by the “diamond ring” effect seen just before and after the moon’s passage in front of the sun when a single point of light becomes visible. The two-tone seats boast an impressive 200,000-plus perforations arranged in a distinctive pattern, revealing Mandarin accents beneath the black leather.
Rolls-Royce has added several other thoughtful touches, including illuminated door sill plates and the traditional Rolls-Royce concealed umbrella in the doors, with Mandarin piping. The Ghost Ékleipsis also comes with a distinctive indoor car cover. Rolls-Royce confirms that all 25 of these remarkable vehicles have already been claimed. Although the pricing remains undisclosed, it’s safe to assume that the fortunate buyers invested considerably more than the Ghost’s starting price of $351,000.