It was launched with much fanfare as the most desirable £ 3,500 ‘supplement’ for anyone buying a Rolls-Royce limousine.
The glow-in-the-dark version of Spirit of Ecstasy has been shining proudly for four years, elegantly lighting the way forward.
But now the Flying Lady will have its lights unceremoniously dimmed after breaking the updated EU car safety rules – which are still in effect as Brexit negotiations continue.
The luminous figure has been banned by the European Union, whose latest directives now mean that luminous hood ornaments are now illegal.
Rolls-Royce’s £ 3,500 Glow-in-the-Dark Spirit of Ecstasy option (pictured) no longer meets EU safety regulations
It is believed to be part of a much larger crackdown on “light pollution”.
Rolls-Royce has confirmed it should take the action figures offline but will offer customers a full refund and a replacement mascot.
An angry driver said: ‘I paid £ 3,500 for this option, and it is out like a light bulb. “
Another said: “It is a tragedy – more spirit of madness than spirit of ecstasy. “
The Goodwood, Sussex-based luxury automaker owned by German auto giant BMW has quietly taken the option off the sale, though a quick online search reveals it still appears on the site Company web with “price on request”.
Following complaints from existing Rolls-Royce owners, the Daily Mail contacted Rolls-Royce who confirmed that it was responding to a change in European regulations and was in the process of informing its customers of the actions it was taking. is required to take and compensation. packages that she sets up.
The glow-in-the-dark “Flying Lady” was optional on all models, including the top-of-the-line Phantom, the previous-generation Ghost, the sporty Wraith models, the Dawn convertible and the Cullinan off-roader.
The eighth generation Phantom launched in 2017 costs from £ 350,000, although most buyers customize their vehicles pushing its final price closer to £ 500,000.
The Goodwood, Sussex-based luxury automaker (pictured) but owned by German auto giant BMW, has quietly removed the option from the sale, though a quick online search reveals it still appears on the company website with “price on request”
A Rolls-Royce Phantom which currently still has its illuminated Flying Lady intact and shining brightly is currently on sale with leading independent luxury and supercar dealer Tom Hartley, who said: “It could become a collector’s item.”
The illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy first appeared on the Rolls-Royce 103EX autonomous electric experimental model prototype unveiled in 2016. Shortly after, it was offered as a paid option on mainstream models.
The Rolls-Royce website notes: “With a modern frosted effect, the Illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy creates a striking impression, casting a crown of light.
Contacted by the Daily Mail, Rolls-Royce confirmed that the ‘very popular and much loved’ illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy had been withdrawn as a customer option in early 2019 due to a change in Union regulations European Commission on car lighting, which is said to be part of a much broader crackdown on “light pollution”.
The glow-in-the-dark ‘Flying Lady’ was optional on all models, including the top-of-the-line Phantom (pictured), the previous-generation Ghost, the sporty Wraith models, the Dawn convertible and the larger Cullinan off
He was “a little saddened” to do so, but felt he had a “moral obligation” to comply with the European directive.
A Rolls-Royce spokesperson said: “In February 2019 we sent our dealers a newsletter saying we are removing the option of an unlit Spirit of Ecstasy. It was no longer to be sold to customers. He got off the options list.
Regarding disconnecting the Illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy on existing cars that already have it, the spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, we are telling our customers that we will be required by law to disconnect their Spirit of Ecstasy.
The spokesperson added: “We are in the process of developing a package. We will write to offer a full refund, a replacement for Silver Plated Spirit of Ecstasy, or whatever option we list.
“We felt it as our moral obligation. We sold this option in very good faith. We are obliged to retract it now without any fault on our part.
The EU directive which condemned the Illuminated Flying Lady is Regulation 48 – “UNECR48 – comprising 242 pages full of technical specifications and drawings under the less than vivid title:” Uniform provisions relating to the homologation of vehicles in concerning the installation of lighting and lighting signaling devices. ‘
The Department for Transport, which oversees the UK Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), also confirmed: “Illuminated hood ornaments are not allowed through the entire EU vehicle type approval process.”