San Diego, CA, June 16, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Located on the south end of the Goodwood Estate, sharing its location with the home of classic motor racing events such as the Goodwood Revival and Festival of Speed, Rolls-Royce's glass-walled, semi-sunken plant is practically invisible from neighbouring Downs thanks to a 35.000sqm green roof covered in grass.
Only two aspects of production don't take place at Goodwood; welding of the vehicle bodies and applying the first two layers of paint takes place in Germany. Using a rotation-dip system, the phosphate and e-coat layers are applied to the body before being shipped to Goodwood. Once all the coats have been applied, a team of four staff, each responsible for one quarter of the car, work for up to five hours polishing the paintwork to achieve a flawless finish.
Even though Rolls-Royce's history is centred on classic style and tradition, the company relies on the latest technology to ensure its range of vehicles is precisely manufactured. “Certain essential joints are secured by a controlled wrench which has Wi-Fi access. The tool is controlled by a computer to ensure every screw is in the correct place by the millimetre,” says Corporate Communications Officer Marco Jahn.
Even though Rolls-Royce's Bespoke Programme offers customers the ability to personalise their vehicle with custom colour schemes, the company's wood shop sources materials from sustainable forests from around the world to create veneers which are unique to each interior.
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