Wraith is also the name of a new coupé announced by Rolls-Royce in 2013.
Wraith is an old Scottish word meaning Ghost or Spirit
Rolls-Royce Wraith (1938–1939)
|Body and chassis|
|Related||Bentley Mark V|
|Engine||4257 cc Straight 6|
|Transmission||4 speed manual|
|Wheelbase||3.45 m (136 inches)|
|Length||5.15 m (203 inches)|
|Width||1.87 m (74 inches)|
|Kerb weight||1.9 tons (approx)|
The in-line six cylinder, overhead valve, 4,257 cc engine was based on that of the 25/30 but featured a cross-flow cylinder head. The four-speed gearbox had synchromesh on second, third and fourth speeds and retained the traditional right hand change. The later engines were used as the basis for the Bentley MK V and the Corniche.
The Wraith featured an independent coil sprung front suspension based on a Packard 120 retaining semi elliptical leaf springs on the rear axle. The hydraulic dampers at the front had their damping rate controlled by governor and so varied with the speed of the car, making it superior to its predecessor, the 25/30 H.P. and on par with the Phantom III. The car was still built on a separate chassis but this was now of welded rather than the traditional riveted construction. The drum brakes were assisted by a mechanical servo driven by the engine patented by Hispano-Suiza and built by Rolls-Royce under licence. Wire wheels of 17 inch diameter were fitted, with the spokes usually covered by removable discs. A built in hydraulic jacking system was fitted operated by a lever under the passenger seat.
Cars based on the Wraith chassis could reach 85 mph (137 km/h); this was very dependent on the weight and style of body fitted. In one test by "The Motor" magazine in October 1938, a 0–50 mph time of 16.4 seconds was recorded.
In 1938, a typical touring car cost £1700, which included the chassis cost of £1100. 492 chassis were made. Although chassis were only produced in 1939, cars bearing 1940 or later delivery and registration dates are not uncommon. Some cars were finished off during early 1940. Others were held in storage and sold and first registered during the war years. A few were actually bodied during wartime. In addition, 16 prewar chassis were bodied in early 1946 and duly delivered to the government. The final Wraith was delivered in 1947.
Movie and book appearances
Rolls Royce Wraiths are featured in My Favorite Brunette (1947) and in a brief scene of Johnny Dangerously (1984). The eponymous registration plate of the novel NOS4A2 belongs to a Rolls-Royce Wraith. A Rolls-Royce Wraith is also featured in the Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode 'The Foxes and Hounds Affair' (season 2, episode 4).
The vampire Lara Raith temporarily provides wizard Harry Dresden with the use of a 1939 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith in Turn Coat (novel).
Rolls-Royce Wraith (2013–)
|Manufacturer||Rolls-Royce Motor Cars|
|Assembly||United Kingdom: Goodwood, England (Goodwood manufacturing)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupé|
|Layout||Front-engine, rear-wheel drive|
BMW 7 Series (F01)
|Engine||6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) twin-turbo V12|
|Wheelbase||3,112 mm (122.5 in)|
|Length||5,268 mm (207.4 in)|
|Width||1,948 mm (76.7 in)|
|Kerb weight||2,440 kg (5,379.3 lb)|
On 18 January 2013, calling it the "car Charles Rolls would choose to drive", Rolls-Royce announced the Wraith as a model that would "indulge a passion for innovation, engineering and adventure". Its chassis design was created by a Serbian designer, Pavle Trpinac. It has been reported that this will be the fastest British car to be built by Rolls-Royce.
A four-seat coupé based on the chassis of the Rolls-Royce Ghost, the vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, followed by luxury department store Harrods in Knightsbridge, London, Beijing Art Zone, 2013 Concorso d'Eleganza, Villa d'Este, Singapore, Moscow, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Academy in Guangzhou, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Brussels in Belgium, 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Concours d'Elegance Japan 2013, Euro Motors in Bahrain, India (including New Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Hyderabad, Ahmedabad), Rocky Mountaineer Train Station in Vancouver
Deliveries are expected from 4th quarter of 2013. All models include the ZF "8HP90" 8-speed automatic transmission. In anticipation of the unveiling, Rolls-Royce also created a series of pre-promotional animated media for the Wraith.
|Wraith||2013-||6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo (N74B66)||632 PS (465 kW; 623 hp) at 5600, 800 N·m (590 lb·ft) at 1500–5500|
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- Wraith makes its Bahrain debut (press release), Rolls‐Royce.
- Wraith begins India tour (press release), Rolls‐Royce.
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