Ο Giles Taylor είναι πλέον ο νέος αρχισχεδιαστής της Rolls-Royce. Ο 44-χρονος αντικαθιστά τον Ian Cameron, ο οποίος συνταξιοδοτήθηκε. Ο Cameron ήταν αρχισχεδιαστής της RR από τον Ιούλιο του 1999, με τον Taylor να βρίσκεται στην Rolls Royce από το 2011. Προηγουμένως, εργαζόταν στην Jaguar ως επικεφαλής σχεδιασμού.
Παράλληλα η Rolls Royce, ανακοίνωσε ότι στο φετινό Goodwood, το επίσημο αυτοκίνητο ασφαλείας είναι ένα Rolls Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase. Είναι βαμμένο σε μπλε χρώμα με ασημί λεπτομέρειες και διαθέτει ειδικά φώτα στην οροφή. Επίσης θα υπάρχει και μια Phantom Saloon Series II, που την είδαμε φέτος στη Γενεύη, η οποία αναλάβει την μεταφορά των VIP.
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A Ghost Extended Wheelbase is the Race Director’s car at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The model, which boasts all the dynamic prowess of Ghost in an indulgent extended wheelbase experience, is one of two Rolls-Royce press fleet cars taking part in the festival this year.
Finished in midnight sapphire with a silver satin bonnet, the Ghost Extended Wheelbase will make light work of Goodwood’s curves and hill climb, thanks to a sophisticated V12 direct-injection power plant married to eight speed automatic transmission. As one would expect, power delivery is abundant yet effortless, with 563 hp available at a driver’s disposal and a 0-62 time of just five seconds. Only when needed of course.
Double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension contribute to the car’s outstanding ride characteristics. Combined with an intelligent, four cornered air-suspension system and electronic variable damping, Ghost Extended Wheelbase delivers the refinement demanded by the world’s most exclusive customers, within a glorious hand-built interior bathed in light courtesy of a panoramic sunroof. Sumptuous hand stitched leathers in crème light and navy blue are framed by the car’s dark wenge veneer.
A second Rolls-Royce press car, a Phantom Saloon Series II in beautiful blue velvet sparkle, will take to the hill at the Moving Motor Show on Thursday 28 June for exclusive media and VIP drives. Phantom Series II was launched at Geneva this year and the press car will be available for loans at the end of July.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that Giles Taylor has been appointed Design Director with effect from 1 July 2012 and will report to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. Taylor replaces Ian Cameron, who retires from the role he has held since 1999.
After his design studies in the United Kingdom, Taylor initially gathered experience in several international design roles. The 44 year-old Briton spent 10 years as an executive designer in the British car industry, acting as head of design for two model series at Jaguar. He joined the Rolls-Royce design team in April 2011 as Head of Exterior Design.
Ian Cameron joined the BMW Group in 1992 and held leading design roles for several models, including the 3 Series model range, the Z8 and the Range Rover. In 1999 he was appointed to lead the new Rolls‑Royce design team, resulting in the launch of Phantom in 2003 and all subsequent Phantom and Ghost family models. Whilst Ian retires from his design role he will remain within the BMW Group until the onset of his retirement age in April 2013, dedicating his time to Rolls-Royce global heritage matters as Brand Ambassador within BMW Group Classic led by Karl Baumer.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said “I would like to thank Ian Cameron for his contribution to the resurgence of the Rolls-Royce marque. His legendary design capabilities combined with his passion for the company’s distinguished heritage have made him an integral part of the success of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since the brand was acquired by the BMW Group. As his successor, Giles Taylor has a deep knowledge of emotive brands in the luxury segment and a proven track record, and is the perfect choice to lead the Rolls-Royce design team to future success.”
Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, said, “On behalf of BMW Group Design, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation for Ian’s years of leadership and contribution to the Rolls-Royce brand. His deep understanding of Rolls-Royce values and history has proven invaluable.
Giles Taylor brings with him exceptional design skills and a comprehensive understanding of British values and heritage that are so crucial to Rolls-Royce; I have no doubt that he will successfully continue to develop the outstanding design ethos so successfully created by Ian Cameron and his team.”
Ian Cameron said, “I feel very privileged to have led the design team for the renaissance of this most prestigious company and I am delighted to continue my relationship with Rolls-Royce in my new role as Brand Ambassador.”