The Rolls-Royce Ghost Was So Quiet Inside Engineers Had To Make It Louder


Rolls-Royce unveiled its all new Ghost on Tuesday and it looks strikingly different from any Rolls-Royce that has ever come before. At over 17-feet long and costing more than $300,000, the Ghost is still enormous and costly, but what it was originally lacking was noise. Occupants found the near total silence disorienting because the lack of sound didn't match up with the car's movement. That’s because sound engineers had packed 220 pounds of sound insulating material into the car, including inside the window glass and in the tires. They had also looked at things like the windshield wipers and air vents to eliminate even tiny noises that might not be consciously perceptible. That just served to highlight other noises, like someone else's breathing or pants shifting against leather seats. So, the acoustic engineers got busy making adjustments in those areas, without getting ride of the silence completely. The first new Ghosts will start reaching customers around the end of this year and early next year.