Baby Rolls-Royce drivers don’t even have a driver’s license. They are surgical patients at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, England, and a special car helps alleviate what would otherwise be a scary experience for them.
Tailored the electronic Rolls-Royce SRH, hand-built for the little ones, was first introduced in 2017. Since then, it has transported about 2,000 young heroes in the pediatric day surgery unit, empowered to drive themselves into the operating room instead of walking there or adult cycling.
Rolls-Royce SRH it has a unique fiberglass body shell, reinforced with carbon fiber, as well as smaller hood strips cut from “real” scale and medical vinyl pads. According to Marquis, its two-tone finish was used “exactly” as the designers would have done for the full-size Rolls-Royce model. The construction of the car took a small team 400 hours and was completed in its own time.
Built for hallways instead of roads, the mini-electric model runs only four miles per hour instead of the typical 155 model.
Medical staff can easily clean the car with a customized aluminum footwell that extends for cleaning.
After reaching after its first 100.00-mile service, the car was recently returned to the company for service, Rolls-Royce said Design TAXI by email. The goal was to restore the model to serve the new group of drivers in the same condition as it had first arrived.
Maintenance process would demand the love and attention of “experts” from Rolls-Royce’s customized teams and other technical and craft departments, Marque said Design TAXI.
“Maintenance the mini Rolls-Royce is the perfect timing as we move away from COVID restrictions and begin restoring pediatric surgical services, ”said Linda Collins, a sister in the day surgery unit at St Richard’s Hospital. “Once again, our youngest patients can experience full use of the car as part of the journey to surgery.”
The car has after returning to the hospital to cheer up young patients and curb their surgical anxieties.
Picture through Rolls-Royce
[via Rolls-Royce, images via various sources]