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Rolls-Royce unveils car crafted for hospital paediatric unit

Wednesday 01 March 2017, By Autovolo

Rolls-Royce unveils car crafted for hospital paediatric unit

Rolls-Royce unveils car crafted for hospital paediatric unit

Rolls-Royce has created a unique miniature car for unwell children in a hospital local to its West Sussex headquarters. 

The Rolls-Royce SRH was built for the paediatric day surgery unit at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and will allow young patients the novel experience of driving themselves around, following traffic signs that line the corridors of the hospital unit.

It took the carmaker’s dedicated bespoke manufacturing team more than 400 hours to create the SRH. 

A two-tone paint-scheme of Andalusian White and Salamanca Blue adorns the exterior, with a hand-applied St James Red coachline, and self-righting wheel centres. The interior continues the luxury feel with a two-tone steering wheel and seats.

The model has a top speed of 10mph (which can be limited to 4mph) and is powered by a 24-volt gel battery. 

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös believes that the diminutive car will help to reduce stress in child patients.

“We are a proud member of the community here in West Sussex,” he said.

“The paediatric unit at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, does such vital work in providing essential care to young people and their families. We hope that the Rolls-Royce SRH will serve to make the experience for young people during treatment a little less stressful.”

At the SRH’s launch, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars welcomed two patients from the hospital’s paediatric unit – Molly Matthews and Hari Rajyaguru – to its Goodwood manufacturing base. The youngsters saw the car unveiled before test-driving it on the production line.