This past weekend, we had the pleasure to take the Rolls-Royce Wraith out for some fun (full review coming soon), and while the power numbers (624hp, 590 lb-ft of torque, V12 engine) are all extremely impressive, we were a little fixated on a number that no other car on the market has: 1,340. As in 1,340 fiber optic strands embedded into the roofliner to make for a starry experience every time you drive the car.
As you can see in the photos, the back of the roof is lined with 10 bundles, each of which collects the stands in what look like little flashlights where the light is emitted. In each one of those bundles, you'll find 134 different fiber optics. Each and ever on of those strands is hand-threaded through little holes punched through multiple layers of cloth, foam and leather. It's freakin' difficult just to get one through, we tried.
That's why, when it's all said and done, one person will complete threading all 1,340 strands in approximately eight hours. As for sizing, wherever the thread is cut, that tip is where the light will shine. So, next time you wonder why these pieces of craftsmanship are so expensive, try to understand how many man hours are put into all the little things.