ZF Friedrichshafen AG of Germany supplies the new Rolls-Royce Ghost's eight-speed, shift-by-wire, automatic transmission, which operates with the car's 563-hp, 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine.
ZF is just one of the German suppliers to win business on the BMW-owned British brand. The others are Draexlmaier Group, which supplies the engine harness and numerous thermoplastic components, including the air exchanger that assists engine cooling; Robert Bosch GmbH, which provides the car's electronic stability control and adaptive cruise control; and Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst GmbH & Co. KG, which supplies an optional access system that automatically unlocks the doors when the key is less than 1.5 meters from the vehicle and the chrome door handle is grasped.
Autoliv Inc. of Sweden provides the Ghost's night vision system. Images from a grille-mounted infrared camera are relayed to the driver by a monitor integrated into the dashboard. Pedestrian recognition software evaluates any potential dangers and alerts the driver accordingly.
Commercial vehicle supplier Wabco Holdings Inc. of Belgium provides the Ghost's air suspension system giving the sedan a highly comfortable and stable ride. The system's electronic control unit automatically adjusts to driving conditions by regulating Wabco's latest-generation compressors. The system receives input from multiple sensors distributed around the car, enabling a highly sensitive level of detection. For example, the system can compensate for the sliding of a passenger across the rear seat.
Rolls-Royce assembles the Ghost at its Goodwood factory in southern England. The Ghost was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show.