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Arab inventor inspires new Rolls-Royce model

UK luxury car maker creates bespoke version of Ghost in honour of Abbas Ibn Firnas

Arab inventor inspires new Rolls-Royce model

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has created a unique collection of Bespoke Rolls-Royce Ghost vehicles honouring legendary Arab inventor Abbas Ibn Firnas.

Firnas was most famous for being the first man in history to make scientific attempts at flying.

The British ultra-luxury carmaker has unveiled the Rolls-Royce Ghost Firnas Motif collection of vehicles, which are available exclusively through Abu Dhabi Motors, the sole dealer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

The unique models were conceptualised by Kadhim Al Helli, Rolls Royce brand manager at Abu Dhabi Motors before being hand-crafted by specialists at the home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England, a statement said.

Abu Dhabi Motors has led global sales in Rolls-Royce bespoke vehicles for the past three years in a row.

Firnas was a 9th century Arab inventor and poet in Cordoba during the Ummayad Dynasty, who made contributions to a host of different 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 and Muslim countries, and has given him legendary status in the Middle East, where he has postage stamps, streets and airports named after him.

The bespoke Rolls-Royce Ghost Firnas Motif collection features a hand-painted twin-coachline, finished with the Firnas logo.

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 personalised tread plate with the wings design and personalised message: "Firnas motif - one of five".

Arno Husselmann, general manager of Abu Dhabi Motors, said: "Abbas Ibn Firnas was a great man who made significant contributions to the field of science and dared to dream that man could fly a millennium before the Wright Brothers did.

"It is hard to ignore the synergies between him and the Rolls-Royce brand, which is rooted in the pioneering heritage of its founders, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. This unique collection honours his achievements and encapsulates his bravery and innovation in the world's most luxurious vehicle."

The car maker's bespoke programme is a service offered to Rolls-Royce clients who specify features of the car, in order to create their own unique model.

The bespoke team at Goodwood, home of Rolls-Royce, is dedicated to finding new paints, materials and engineering solutions that meet each client's demands.