Dubai: Rolls-Royce knows a thing or two about a storied
past. Now, it has gone further back into the mists of time to come
up with a bespoke collection honoring Abbas Ibn Firnas, an Arab
investor who legend has it was the first man in history to
scientifically attempt flying.
Ibn Firnas was a 9th century inventor and poet in Cordoba during
the Ummayad Dynasty, who made contributions to sciences including
physics, astronomy and chemistry.
The story of his attempted
glider flight using man-made wings and feathers is taught in
textbooks in many Arab countries.
He already has postage stamps,
streets and airports named after him. But this is the first time
the name is being linked to a car, and a prestige one at that.
comes in the form of ‘Rolls-Royce Ghost Firnas Motif’ collection,
available through Abu Dhabi Motors, the sole dealer of Rolls-Royce
Motor Cars in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
The models were conceptualized
by Kadhim Al Helli, Brand Manager at Abu Dhabi Motors, before
being put together at the Rolls-Royce plant in Goodwood, UK, Gulf
A host of delicate touches have been added to bring the spirit of
the Arabian legend alive in this vehicle.
The personalised flight
emblem is featured throughout the vehicle’s design, on the control
display panel set against elm cluster veneer and in the embroidery
on the front and rear headrests.
The car also features a
personalized tread plate with the wings design and personalised
message: “Firnas motif – one of five”.
There is a hand-painted
twin-coachline, finished with the Firnas Logo, exclusive to the
“Abbas Ibn Firnas dared to dream that man could fly a
millennium before the Wright Brothers did,” said Arno Husselmann,
General Manager at Rolls’ Abu Dhabi dealership.
“Very few international brands as
respected and revered as Rolls-Royce have created special edition
models that commemorate a symbol of Arab and Islamic culture in
such a unique way; as a result we have seen strong interest in the
collection from customers here and overseas to own one", he said.
The Bespoke Programme is offered to
Rolls-Royce clients where they specify features of the car to
create their own unique model.