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Rolls-Royce Christens New ‘Model’ for UK Children’s Hospital

Rolls-Royce built a special one-off ride for the St. Richard’s Hospital Pediatric Day Surgery Unit in the automaker's hometown of Chichester, UK.

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski

There might be no stuffier automaker than Rolls-Royce, and they like it that way. They make the world’s signature luxury cars for the world’s wealthiest buyers, and they have no reason to pretend they don’t operate in the ionosphere.

However, that doesn’t mean the makers of the UK’s most prestigious motoring machines lacks heart. Rolls-Royce let its stately guard down recently to make the day of some recovering children and the medical crew looking after them.

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars designed and built a special one-off vehicle dedicated to the St. Richard’s Hospital Pediatric Day Surgery Unit based in the automaker’s backyard of Chichester, West Sussex, UK. Christened the Rolls-Royce SRH, the pint-sized Rolls-Royce allows children awaiting surgery “to drive themselves to the operating theatre, through the Pediatric Unit corridors.” The surgical unit played along by decorating the corridors with traffic signs.

 

 

The vehicle was created by Rolls-Royce actual Bespoke Manufacturing team, the Rolls-Royce SRH has a two-tone steering wheel and seats with self-righting color-matched wheel centers. The SRH hits a top speed of 10 mph thanks to a 24 volt gel battery. In case kids are getting a little crazy, the speed setting is variable and can be limited to an exhilarating 4 mph.

Rolls-Royce SRH for Saint Richard's Hospital, Chichester. Photographed at Rolls-Royce factory, Goodwood, UK. Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

The Rolls-Royce design crew built this little one seater as they would build any other vehicle in their line, utilizing  3D printing techniques for their design. The vehicle is now home at St. Richard’s Hospital and ready for duty.