Rolls-Royce creates one-off electric car for children's hospital

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Rolls-Royce SRH for Saint Richard's Hospital, Chichester. Photographed at Rolls-Royce factory, Goodwood, UK.  Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

Rolls-Royce has built a special one-off electric car for the St Richard's Hospital Pediatric Day Surgery Unit in Chichester, West Sussex.

Named the SRH, the ride-on Rolls will allow children awaiting surgery to drive to the operating theatre – a practice that is supposed to reduce patient stress.

Handbuilt by Rolls-Royce's Bespoke Manufacturing division, the SRH gets a two-tone paint job of Andalusian White and Salamanca Blue, with a St James Red coachline.

The interior is also built to the company's high standards, with a two-tone steering wheel and seats, while the wheels have self-righting centres finished in the same shade of red as the coachline.

Power comes from a 24-volt gel battery and electric motor, which provides a top speed of 10mph.

Building the car took Rolls-Royce's engineers more than 400 hours of their own time, and the company utilised technology such as 3D printing during the construction.

The Goodwood-based company invited two patients, Hari Rajyaguru and Molly Matthews, to the factory to witness the car's unveiling in exactly the same way a VIP customer would.

Rolls-Royce creates one-off electric car for children’s hospital

Rolls-Royce creates one-off electric car for children’s hospital


The two children were then treated to test drives of the tiny car on the Rolls-Royce production line. Afterwards, the pair were chauffeured home in Rolls-Royce Ghosts.

"We are a proud member of the community here in West Sussex. The paediatric unit at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester does such vital work in providing essential care to young people and their families," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "We hope that the Rolls‑Royce SRH will serve to make the experience for young people during treatment a little less stressful."

Sue Nicholls, paediatric matron at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "It's wonderful seeing a smiling face on the way to theatre, rather than an apprehensive one, and everyone caring for children at St Richard's is so grateful to Rolls-Royce for this unique donation.

"We know boys and girls alike will love driving it and in the coming years it will help turn a daunting experience into a more fun and enjoyable one for hundreds and hundreds of children."