While carmakers far and wide are suited up for this month’s Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce has been busy unveiling a new car of a different sort…
Children at the St Richard’s Hospital in West Sussex can forget at least some of their worries during their stay at the Paediatric Day Surgery Unit thanks to the new toy - dubbed SRH.
Rather than the dull hospital bed on wheels, the SRH allows kids to chauffeur themselves to the operating theatre and no doubt terrorise some of the other patients and staff in the process. The hospital has even installed ‘traffic lights’.
Power comes from a 24-volt gel battery, and while the top speed is a rather impressive 16km/h “achieved in seconds”, the speed can be limited to 6km/h. Paddle shifters are also fitted, but we’re not sure if they do anything…
As with any Rolls-Royce, the Spirit of Ecstasy (in 3D printed form) takes pride of place at the front of the SRH, and the body is finished in Andalusian White and Salamanca Blue paint with a St James Red coachline.
“Just like the joy it will bring to our young patients, the Rolls-Royce SRH is simply priceless,” Western Sussex Hospital’s Marianne Griffiths said.
“It is a very special gift and one of the most wonderful donations ever received by Love Your Hospital, our trust’s dedicated charity.”
And to Rolls-Royce the SRH isn’t just a children’s toy, but rather “a seminal new concept in luxury” which took around 400 hours of donated time from the craftspeople in Rolls’ Bespoke team.
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