Rolls-Royce Ghost – Effortless Dynamism
Getting nasty with the Flying Lady
By Shahzad Sheikh
The MME team recently got to hurl the Rolls-Royce Ghost around the Dubai Autodrome, courtesy of Dubai dealer AGMC, having been lured there under the premise that the famed Flying Lady would be showing off her Spirit of Ecstasy if we went fast enough! Just in case she did, we videoed the whole thing – hit the jump to watch it now!
In our efforts to get jiggy with ‘Ellie in her Nightie” we did full acceleration, full braking and avoidance tests, we chucked the big car in and out of a slalom course and then hooned around the club circuit for a bit. Autodrome Race School boss, James Burnett, even got the grand dame’s bottom a little loose out of the corners – and it didn’t even take that much spanking.
This is one kinky Ghost! Admittedly RR claim this is the ‘Driver’s car’ in its two-car line-up – although I’ve been fortunate enough to pilot a Phantom Coupe down some European B-roads in rather spirited fashion, and it proved remarkably adept at hustling. So they’re all better than you’d expect and much more capable than most owners will ever discover.
Still being a hoonigan whilst staring at the lovely derrière of the Silver Lady just seemed disrespectful and wrong. And we had to fight every urge in our body to drive in a calm and sedate manner purely in the interests of research and for the sake of you dear reader, you understand, right?
Hips don’t lie and as you’ll see in our video there’s quite a lot of body roll, but considering one of the world’s ultimate luxury car manages to contend with hard direction changes, grips and goes with nary a temper or tantrum, we can forgive a little ship-like pitching: although perhaps the rear passengers (which had somehow turned a distinctly alien hue) might disagree. We couldn’t be sure, it was hard to tell what they were trying to say whilst they were busy puking.
One thing’s for sure, if you need to get to your next corporate takeover in a hurry, or are fleeing a potential coup d’état you couldn’t pick a better car. You might just wanna send you chauffeur over to James for a bit of driver training though – and be ready to cough-up for a new set of boots.
Hey, we did say Ellie’s a little kinky!