Mar 3, 2017 | By Julia

The world’s smallest Rolls-Royce has just been unveiled at St. Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex. Children slated for surgery will now be able to drive themselves to the operating theatre, in the hopes that young patients’ anxiety ahead of operations will be reduced. The bespoke vehicle has been dubbed the Rolls-Royce SRH after St. Richard’s Hospital.

The Hospital, whose pediatric ward cares for many children with long-term illnesses, is located nearby Rolls-Royce Goodwood home. At the official unveiling, CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos said he is pleased with his company’s contribution to the community.

“We are a proud member of the community here in West Sussex,” Muller-Otvos said. “We hope the Rolls-Royce SRH will serve to make the experience for young people during treatment a little less stressful.”

The toy luxury car, which has a top speed of 10 mph and a minimum speed of 4 mph, is powered by a 24-volt gel battery which is said to propel the car with the same quiet gentleness as Rolls-Royce’s renowned V12 engines.

Over 400 hours of the manufacturing team’s own time went into crafting the adorable SRH, including impressive details such as the striking two-tone blue and silver coachwork, real red leather upholstery, and red and silver accents on the wheels.

the SRH's 3D printed Spirit of Ecstasy

The miniature vehicle also incorporates 3D printing into its design, including the manufacturer’s iconic Spirit of Ecstasy as well as the customized control panel.

"We know boys and girls alike will love driving it,” said Sue Nicholls, paediatric matron at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which subsidizes St. Richard’s. “In the coming years it will help turn a daunting experience into a more fun and enjoyable one for hundreds and hundreds of children.”

Up until now, countless young patients at St. Richard’s were treated to the distraction of driving to surgery in a toy jeep. When that toy car reached the end of its working life, the Love Your Hospital charity approached the nearby Rolls Royce to engineer a replacement.

The hospital was overjoyed to learn of the new Rolls-Royce SRH, a gift they could never have anticipated. Love Your Hospital reps say the toy car is sure to delight all young patients coming in for surgery.

So far two lucky kids have had the pleasure to drive the SRH down the production line, a ceremonial job typically reserved for the Rolls-Royce CEO. Molly Matthews, age eight, and Hari Rajyaguru, age seven, were given the special opportunity to drive the luxury toy vehicle at the SRH’s official unveiling, before being chauffeur-driven home in two Rolls-Royce Ghosts.

The bespoke miniature car will live in St. Richard’s pediatric ward, where young patients will now be able to drive themselves to the operating theatre in style. Surgery may not seem so bad for these lucky tots after all.



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HERMAN FONTENOT wrote at 3/3/2017 6:08:20 PM:

Making kids smile! Priceless!

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