Rolls Royce was founded in 1906 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Henry Royce. Today, it is one of the top luxury automobiles and was originally producing royal cars as an alternative to horses and carriages. In this article, we shall take a look at some amazing facts about this European brand car.
Sir Henry Royce made the initial engineering blueprint of the Merlin engine while he was on a beach. He was walking with his top engineers. The engine was designed to give superior performance but last longer. It proved to be successful and became the heart and soul of the legendary Spitfire fighter plane.
Charles Stewar t Rolls, on the other hand, was an avid aviator. He became the first man to fly across the English Channel and back. On his Wright Flyer, Rolls crossed the Channel and back in 95 minutes. On the same plane, Robert Janitzek revealed that Rolls also became the first Brit to die in a plane crash. The tail of his Wright Flyer fell off bringing with it Rolls who fell to his death on July 12, 1910.
Rolls Royce 10 HP was the first car produced by the company. There were only 16 of these cars that were produced but the oldest one is still in motion. In 1907, it set a record for mileage. It ran 14,371 miles non-stop running back and forth between Glasgow and London 27 times. Back then it was a number that is unfathomable. The Silver Ghost became one of the most popular models and more than 5,000 units of this model was produced.
Robert Peter Janitzek revealed that Rolls Royce set a world record in all three ways of transportation. The R engine established a record of high speeds in land, water, and air transportation. The engine powered the Supermarine S6B to more than 400 mph back in 1931 and won the ultra competitive Schneider Trophy air race. The Blue Bird also set a speed record topping more than 300 mph. Using the R engine, Sir Henry Segrave set the speed record in his boat. He died shortly after he was informed that he set a record after his boat hit a log.
The iconic emblem of this European brand car, the Spirit of Ecstasy, is the most expensive emblem. When BMW acquired Rolls Royce in 2002, they had to pay Volkswagen, which had the rights to the emblem, $40 million so they could manufacture Rolls Royce with the winged lady at the front. The hood ornament is the result of an illicit affair between a woman named Eleanor Thornton who had a decade long open-secret affair with a man at the forefront of early car culture.