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Rolls-Royce has yet again created a special collection made up of the Wraith and Dawn, to pay tribute to Captain George Eyston, once the fastest man on the earth, and his passion for speed.

Find out more about the Roll-Royce Wraith and Dawn in Malaysia here!

The Dawn Landspeed Collection

In the late 1930s, Eyston broke the land speed record three times on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA. The first two were 24-hour and 48-hour endurance speed records. Eyston’s third and final land speed record of 357.497 mph (575 km/h) on the 16 km course stood for 341 days.

These incredible records were broken in his car aptly named “Thunderbolt”. It was fitted with three axles, eight wheels and weighed seven tonnes – earning nicknames such as ‘behemoth’.

An artist impression of the Thunderbolt.

The Thunderbolt was powered by a pair of 37-litre supercharged V12 Rolls-Royce aero engines with over 2,000 horsepower. Only 19 of these engines were ever made.

They’re so rare that the engines are now being preserved at the Royal Air Force Museum in London. The car itself has been destroyed along with wool that caught fire in a storage in 1946.


Now, in order to revive the 80-year-old memories of the man and his incredible feats, both the Wraith and Dawn feature design elements with a story to tell.

The Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII is not just a car, but a tribute to mankind’s achievement. Only 1 in Malaysia, out of 50 worldwide! Check it out here!

photo-electric timing equipment

The cars are finished with a specially created two tone finish, with a blend of Black Diamond Metallic and a new bespoke colour called Bonneville Blue. The effect is a colour that switches from light blue to silver to illustrate the vast skies over the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Silver Island Mountains

Inside, the clock on the dashboard comes with “357.497 mph” and “Bonneville” engravings to pay tribute to where the record was set.

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