Most Rolls-Royce vehicles that roll off the factory are usually (if not) fully individualized to the owner's specification, making his prized possession different from that of others. The same can be said for Rolls-Royce's smallest vehicle ever, the “SRH” concept for kids, making it truly unique; created specifically for the St. Richard’s Hospital Pediatric Day Surgery Unit.
The purpose of the one-off little car is to put a smile on the face of kids as they use it to drive to the operating room from the pediatric unit. Staff also put up “traffic signs” in order to give the route kids will drive through a more realistic feel. All that effort is made such that kids who need to go under the knife will have reduced stress.
In true Rolls-Royce style, two children from the pediatric unit St. Richard's Hospital were welcomed as “test drivers” for the “The biggest unveil for the smallest Rolls-Royce”. Molly Matthews and Hari Rajyaguru along with their families experienced VIP hospitality that customers at Rolls-Royce experience with the addition of driving the SRH off the production line.
Built by Rolls-Royce's Bespoke Manufacturing team, the one-off little car is very much on par with how their full-sized vehicles are made. The car is exterior features a two-tone finish, combining Andalusian White and Salamanca Blue. As a final touch, a tailor made St. James Red coachline was applied by hand. The same hue is also added to the floating center caps along with the interior, which features only one seat and a two-tone steering wheel.
More than 400 hours of work was needed to design and 3D print the vehicle which includes the company's iconic Spirit of Ecstasy. Powering the vehicle is a 24-volt gel battery, giving the SRH a top speed of 16 km/h. It can be limited to 10 km/h to deliver a quite and smooth ride like an actual Rolls-Royce.