Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has created a unique collection of Bespoke Rolls-Royce Ghost vehicles honouring legendary Arab inventor Abbas Ibn Firnas, who is most famous for being the first man in history to make scientific attempts at flying.
Arab Inventor Abbas Ibn Firnas Honoured Through Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collection
The British ultra-luxury carmaker unveiled the ‘Rolls-Royce Ghost Firnas Motif’ collection of vehicles, which are available exclusively through Abu Dhabi Motors, the sole dealer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. The unique models were conceptualised by Kadhim Al Helli, Rolls Royce Brand Manager at Abu Dhabi Motors before being hand-crafted by specialists at the home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England.
Abbas Ibn Firnas was a 9th century Arab inventor and poet in Cordoba during the Ummayad Dynasty, who made contributions to a host of different sciences including Physics, Astronomy and Chemistry. The story of his attempted glider flight using man-made wings and feathers is taught in textbooks in many Arab and Muslim countries, and given him legendary status in the Middle East, where he has postage stamps, streets and even airports named after him.
The Bespoke “Rolls-Royce Ghost Firnas Motif” collection goes beyond the conventional perception of luxury by introducing subtle yet exotic features that encapsulate the true essence of Arab Andalusian culture, while retaining the core values that make the Rolls-Royce brand unique.
A host of delicate touches have been added to bring the spirit of the Arabian legend alive in this vehicle. The vehicle features a hand-painted twin-coachline, finished with the Firnas Logo, exclusive to “Rolls-Royce Ghost Firnas Motif” collection.
The personalised flight emblem is featured throughout the vehicle’s design, on the control display panel set against elm cluster veneer and in the embroidery on the front and rear headrests. The car also features a personalized tread plate with the wings design and personalised message: “Firnas motif – one of five”.
“Abbas Ibn Firnas was a great man who made significant contributions to the field of science and dared to dream that man could fly a millennium before the Wright Brothers did. It is hard to ignore the synergies between him and the Rolls-Royce brand, which is rooted in the pioneering heritage of its founders, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. This unique collection honours his achievements and encapsulates his bravery and innovation in the world’s most luxurious vehicle,” said Arno Husselmann, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Motors.
“Very few international brands as respected and revered as Rolls-Royce have created special edition models that commemorate a symbol of Arab and Islamic culture in such a unique way, and as a result we have seen strong interest in the collection from customers here in the United Arab Emirates and overseas to own one,” he added.
The Bespoke Programme is a service offered to Rolls-Royce clients whereby the client may specify features of the car, in order to create their own unique model. The Bespoke team at Goodwood, home of Rolls-Royce Motor cars, is dedicated to finding new paints, materials and engineering solutions that meet each client’s demands to ensure he receives a truly unique and exceptional car.
Abu Dhabi Motors leads the global sales in Bespoke vehicles for the past 3 years in a row. In the past 9 years Abu Dhabi Motors received 5 Global awards to establish itself as a benchmark in the Industry for this pinnacle brand.