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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: Wraith Kryptos

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Folded into the design of Wraith Kryptos is a cryptographic puzzle marked by coded ciphers that patrons must solve.

Taking Rolls-Royce’s brand promise of ‘Inspiring Greatness’ from a passive experience to an immersive one, followers were invited to participate in a gamified, digital adaptation of the puzzle that’s built, sewn, and painted onto each car.


Gamify the debut of Wraith Kryptos and invite followers to unravel a mystery of Rolls-Royce’s own making.

In honour of the car’s Delphic origins, a cryptographic quiz and site page with hidden devices were developed. The mobile quiz was promoted via social channels and challenged followers to crack the “Wraith Kryptos Enigma”. From Morse Code to Caesar ciphers, the experience served as a true test of wit.


Wraith Kryptos sells out before reaching the public market, as digital lead generation increases by 900%.

The first two weeks of the campaign saw engagement rise by 314% on Instagram and 50% on Facebook in comparison to the previous period. As a result, Wraith Kryptos is one of the fastest-selling collection cars in Rolls-Royce’s history, with the limited run of 50 selling out before becoming available to the public.

“Wraith Kryptos has been undoubtedly the most innovative and future pushing campaign in recent years at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The execution delivered a fresh bold look for Wraith, whilst capturing the story of Cryptography and engaging both prospects and fans of the marque. This helped deliver the fastest selling Collection Car in recent years.”

Peter Beadle, Global Brand Manager

Advertiser: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Creative Agency: AKQA London

Art Director: Natalie Vosloo, Laura Beretti, Becky Swarbrick, Maggie Yu

Executive Creative Director: Johnny Budden

Creative Director: Paul Ostryzniuk

Media Agency: Wavemaker

Production Company: In-house

Editor: Pierre Saladin

Producer: Oliver Creamer

Post Production Company: Smoke and Mirrors

Client Services: Vitor Forte, Rhys Jones

Project Management: Sarah Martin, Jawwad Sheikh, Anisha Chandarana

Tech: Pete Healy, Thomas Ballard, Maxim Chernyavskyi, Veronica Garcia, Andriy Zinevych, Jas Brach

UX: Mikko Pitkanen

Analytics: Giacomo Vannuchi, James Matheson

Genres: Luxury

Categories: Automotive, Cars

AKQA UK, 2 years ago