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Rolls-Royce builds one-off electric toy car

The battery-operated Rolls-Royce SRH children's electric car has been donated to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester

Rolls-Royce has unveiled a new car - but it’s unlikely that the new model will end up in luxury garages around the world, because it’s been designed for children at a hospital near the firm’s base in West Sussex.

The Rolls-Royce SRH is a battery-powered single-seater, created by Rolls engineers and the firm’s Bespoke Manufacturing team. Around 400 hours of work went into creating its two-tone paint scheme, which mixes Rolls colours Andalusian White and Salamanca Blue with a St James Red coachline. 

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The car is being donated to children at the Pediatric Unit of St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester. The hospital lines its corridors with traffic signs and will allow patients to drive the Rolls SRH through the department to theatre, reducing pre-operation stress. The SRH is capable of up to 10mph, although it can also be restricted to 4mph depending on the driver age and proficiency.

Two of the children gave their SRH sign-off approval by driving it along the Rolls-Royce production line at Goodwood - a process that’s normally only conducted by Rolls CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos as he approves new models.

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

Marianne Griffiths, the boss of Western Sussex NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust, said. “I’d like to say a heartfelt thank-you to Rolls-Royce Motor Car and the small team who volunteered so much of their own time in support of the St Richard’s Hospital, and the children we care for.”

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