Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos – the car with ciphers

Tesla owners play games on the screen of their cars, but what if the car itself was the game? Rolls-Royce has created the Wraith Kryptos Collection incorporating a series of secret messages. The lucky 50 owners will be able to try to solve the complex ciphers that evolve throughout the car.

It may sound like the designers have had a little too much time on their hands during lockdown, but ciphers can be traced back millenia capturing the imagination of some of the world’s brilliant minds.

Rolls-Royce states that to those who aren’t aware of the ciphers, it is “an alluring design purely for aesthetic purposes and devoid of any discernible pattern.” But to those in the know will spend time trying to crack the code.

It is so secretive that only two people at Rolls-Royce know the resolution of the sequence – the designer and the CEO, with the answer placed in a sealed envelope in a safe in the CEO’s office. If any of those 50 owners actually try to crack the code, they can submit their efforts through the Rolls-Royce Whispers app. So what actually makes this Wraith stand out?

The Spirit of Ecstasy is engraved with green enamel detailing, recrafted front bumpers draw the eye lower whilst the bespoke Delphic Grey paint holds its own secret. Only in sunlight do the fine blue and green mica flakes appear. This is further accentuated with a double coachline painted in Kryptos Green and Dark Grey.

Inside, the theme continues with Kryptos Green accents against a Selby Grey or Anthracite leather interior. Instead of the double R embossed on the headrests owners will have elements of the cipher embroidered onto it. Look up to the roof lining and instead of Rolls’ famous starlight headliner there is a beautifully elaborate, bi-coloured headliner depicting an in-motion data-stream inspired motif. Will it sell? I am sure of it. How many of the 50 owners will try to decipher it? Probably none.


Author: Nikolai Attard

Just a Malteser living in London, working as a PR/social media consultant and writing about things I find interesting on the side.

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