Rolls-Royce could be very pleased with its Spirit of Ecstasy hood decoration. To Rolls, it’s greater than only a hood decoration, it’s a logo of opulence and heritage. I’ll admit that there’s one thing very particular about driving a Rolls and seeing the flying girl main the way in which, on the finish of an extended, V12-powered hood. Rolls isn’t the one model with a cool hood decoration—Bentley has the a flying ‘B’ and Mercedes has the three-pointed star—however Rolls’ is definitely the very best. Possibly not for lengthy, although. Cadillac is bringing again the ‘Goddess’ for the upcoming Celestiq and it’s simply as particular because the Spirit of Ecstasy.
Cadillac’s Goddess hood decoration was first utilized in 1930 however didn’t develop into a Cadillac staple till 1933. That’s fairly a bit after the Spirit of Ecstasy first debuted, in 1909. And contemplating how related they’re, it’s nearly not possible that the Spirit didn’t at the least mildly encourage William N. Schnell, who designed the Cadillac Goddess.
Just like the Spirit of Ecstasy, the Goddess is a sculpture of a girl, whose windswept robe resembles wings, as her chest tasks ahead and arms sweep backward. The similarities to the Spirit of Ecstasy are not possible to disregard. Although, that’s not a foul factor. Mimicry is the very best type of flattery. I’ll say, although, that ‘Goddess’ is a greater identify than ‘Spirit of Ecstasy.’ It’s one phrase, straightforward to recollect, and it immediately creates highly effective imagery within the thoughts. Spirit of Ecstasy is cool identify but it surely’s sort of obscure and doesn’t actually imply something.
When Cadillac’s flagship electrical luxurious automotive, the Celestiq, debuts it would carry the Goddess on its hood, in addition to contained in the cabin. She’ll stand proudly, pointing the way in which for the driving force, however she’ll even be encased in glass within the infotainment dial contained in the automotive. The dial turns independently of the Goddess, so she at all times stays upright, which a really Rolls-Royce factor to do. Additionally, you’ll discover her on the milled billet aluminum plaques all through the automotive. There’s even a Goddess image within the cost port, which illuminates as its charging.
GM designer Richard Wiquist created the brand new Goddess, utilizing the unique ’30s sculpture as inspiration. Now, there are two nice hood ornaments for extremely high-end luxurious vehicles. The Celestiq will probably be a hand-built, $300,000 electrical luxurious automotive, one which intends to compete with Rolls-Royce. When it debuts, Rolls can have the Spectre, its personal electrical luxurious automotive with its personal particular hood decoration. So it is going to be thrilling to see them collectively, to match how every model went about electrification and the way their flying girls examine.