The Rolls-Royce Blue Shadow Looks To The Heavens
Drawing inspiration from the Kármán Line phenomenon, the starry new bespoke Black Badge Cullinan is an automotive encapsulation of the wonders beyond our planet.
Rolls-Royce has released a positively celestial limited-edition Black Badge Cullinan. Drawing inspiration from the Kármán Line, which delineates the point where Earth ends and outer space begins, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge Blue Shadow takes on a mystical tone. Rendered in shades of—you guessed it—deep blue, the bespoke edition is limited to 62 examples, all of which have already been accounted for.
At the Kármán Line, our planet’s blue sky intermingles with the blackness of space; with the British marque applying this gradient-like effect to the newcomer. The bespoke Stardust Blue exterior paintjob is redolent of the deep blue shade of the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere, while the satin-tinted grille surround and aero bumper insert sets echo the finish of thermal tiles used to shield homebound Space Shuttles from the intense heat of atmospheric re-entry.
In line with the spacecraft inspiration, the signature Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament has been crafted from titanium using 3D printing techniques, before being finished with a thin layer of blue-tinted lacquer—which is also used to darken the wheels, creating visual cohesion.
Step inside and you’ll find the painted fascia and door panels recall the blue halo effect at the Kármán Line. Created using six layers of paint, it showcases the transition from blue sky to the inky darkness of space. A bespoke clock, unique to the collection, is also embedded into the fascia.
The signature Rolls-Royce Starlight Headliner is ideally suited to carry forth the Blue Shadow’s mystical inspiration. Composed of an intricately embroidered moon accented by 1183 blue and white fibre-optic lights which shine through hand-perforated holes in the leather canvas to resemble stars, it bathes the cabin in an ambient glow.
In a first for the marque, the front and rear seats are adored with perforated artwork, inspired by the view of Earth from outer space—each seat features over 75,000 perforations, detailing clouds shifting over the continents and oceans. The pattern is extended to the picnic table backs, which are finished in black veneer.
Accompanying the limited-edition release is a series of accessories, including an indoor car cover, a black-and-blue luggage set, and the option for customers to commission an exact 1:8 scale replica of their Blue Shadow—lest the twain cannot bear to part.
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