Interesting: Rolls-Royce Predicts Drone Ships?

Rolls-Royce predicts drone ships

While autonomous vehicles are already a stark reality, there has not been much said of ships or aircraft becoming self-sufficient. Rumors are emerging that Rolls-Royce is betting on drone ships becoming commonplace in as little as a decade.

Will there be autonomous cars on the roads, drone ships and planes? Reality could become a science fiction flick quite soon if companies begin to get their way with their research.

Yes, the power systems and defense enterprise bearing the same name is swimming with the idea of autonomous ships, and soon. The reason for the decade holdup seems to be in the regulations arena, rather than technological readiness. The rules that govern the world’s oceans do not currently include guidelines for drone ships…much like an officer of the law would be quite aghast to pull over one of the autonomous Google cars and find the driver seat empty. That is a joke, by the way, because a driver is mandatory for the Google vehicles and an additional passenger to regulate. The car does drive itself, but people are essentially monitoring its maneuvers. read more

Rolls-Royce Canton Glory Ghost Editions

Rolls-Royce Canton Glory Ghost

With a production run of just two vehicles, the Rolls-Royce Canton Glory Ghost is a special edition indeed. The creation was revealed at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China, where the British luxury auto brand is enjoying much success.

The odds of getting your hands on a Rolls-Royce Canton Glory Ghost are not good, as just two examples will be created. They will likely remain in China, and could already be spoken for.

The twins are named for the Canton Tower in Guangzhau. They feature an attractive two-tone exterior with possible color combinations of white, silver or deep burgundy. According to Rolls-Royce, the Canton Glory cars capture the style, elegance and personality of south China’s urbane heart. read more

The World’s Ugliest Rolls Royce—Hands Down

Ugliest Rolls Royce

This simply must be the ugliest Rolls Royce in the world…at least, if there is a worse example in existence, I do not care to see it! I have often said that money does not buy taste, and this owner dropped around $300,000 to customize this Phantom. There is such a thing as too many options, clearly.

The ugliest Rolls Royce on earth is a combination of far too many options gone awry. 

It seems that the buyer had a difficult time deciding between purple, yellow, white and gold for the exterior. The entire thing is then perched on gold-plated chrome wheels that incorporate both yellow and gold in a crisscross. The resulting exterior curb appeal is nauseating for such a fine luxury-touring vehicle. But wait…it actually gets worse. read more

Limited Edition Rolls Royce Carbon Fiber Fleet?

Rolls Royce Carbon Fiber Fleet

Rumor has it that Rolls Royce could be poised to embrace the carbon fiber trend, albeit tentatively. Some speculate that the brand is toying with a lineup featuring the  lightweight material favored by racing and exotic carmakers.

Vorsteiner V-GR Carbon Fiber Front Splitter Rolls-Royce Ghost

The idea would be a specific range of carbon fiber laden Rolls Royce cars crafted in-house. The carbon fiber coach building would mark the first use for the brand, which is known for its heavyweight contenders tipping the highest ends of the curb weight scales. The special carbon fiber edition Rolls Royce cars will likely retain that burdensome steel chassis, with the carbon fiber accents intended for aesthetics alone. read more

Rolls Royce Moscow Collection and ‘Year of the Horse’ Car

Rolls Royce Moscow

Rolls Royce is celebrating 10 successful years operating in Moscow. To commemorate the milestone, the ’10 years Rolls Royce Motor Cars Moscow’ collection has been created. The name is quite to the point, and it was designed by the company’s bespoke division.  

Rolls Royce Moscow celebrates 10 years with special edition anniversary collection. The term collection is used repeatedly, though no exterior shots seem to be available.

The Moscow anniversary collection Rolls Royce will have a signature two-tone hue and will be made recognizable by embroidered Spirit of Ecstasy pieces on the leather headrests of the cars. There will be tread plates spelling out the special edition Rolls Royce information for those lucky enough to open a door. read more

One-off Rolls Royce Chicane Phantom Coupe Inspired by Goodwood

Rolls Royce Chicane Phantom Coupe

A new Rolls Royce has rolled into luxurious Dubai. Commissioned by Rolls Royce Dubai’s brand manager, the Rolls Royce Chicane Phantom Coupe pays homage to the Goodwood Motor Circuit.

Rolls Royce Dubai reveals the Chicane Phantom Coupe. There can be just one…unless a customer calls to special order the same customizations.

The brand manager, Mohammed El-Arishy, stated the following to describe his inspiration for the special edition Rolls Royce: “I wanted to create a motor car that captures the unique atmosphere and history of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. The Home of Rolls-Royce’s connection to such an important center of British motoring heritage is something that fascinates my customers.” read more

1925 Rolls Royce with Machine Gun Up For Grabs

1925 Rolls Royce

A very unique classic Rolls Royce is available at Barrett-Jackson. While many old luxury cars can be found at auctions, not many boast a machine gun like this 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I model! It was custom made for Umed Singh II, the maharaja of Kotah from 1889 through 1940. The maharaja ordered the Rolls Royce to further hunting hobby, which included entertaining monarchs, world leaders and other titans in the wild.

This Rolls Royce was contracted through Barker and Co., Ltd of London to serve as a hunting vehicle worthy of royalty. Barker and Co. was the preferred coachbuilder for Rolls Royce at the time.  read more

Rolls Royce to Roll Out SUV?

Rolls Royce SUV

Rolls Royce CEO Torsten Mueller has paved the SUV rumor path with the following statement at the Frankfurt Motor Show: “We are intensely thinking about entering the SUV segment.” That is a very clear way for the brand to challenge the likes of Bentley and other luxury SUV models. Which badge will craft the most popular upscale crossover?

Will there be a Rolls Royce SUV to compete with Bentley and others? The Bentley EXP 9 F is pictured above. 

The concept of a Rolls Royce SUV does not seem as strange when you consider that the brand is known for its high-riding and spacious vehicles. Does that description not bring to mind an SUV? Simply add a bit more height and cabin space, and boom. You see where I am going with this. It is not as startling as the idea of a Maserati SUV or the Porsche SUVs out there. The Maserati SUV concept is called the Levante, and may actually be a reality by 2015. read more

The Fastest Rolls Royce Ever: The Wraith

Rolls Royce Wraith

The Rolls Royce Wraith has officially emerged, and while it is the fastest Rolls ever, make no mistake—it is no sports car. Tipping the scales at a mammoth 5,000 pounds, the Wraith is no waif, but it packs enough power to earn the title as the fastest Rolls Royce ever thanks to a potent V12. After much teasing, the marquee officially unveiled the Wraith at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The fastest production Rolls Royce ever: the 2013 Wraith pays homage to the brand’s GTs of the past

The Rolls Royce Wraith features a 2-door layout, which is a bit of a departure from the traditionally chauffeur-style luxury cars. Under the hood lurks a V12 engine kicking out 624 horses. It has an 8-speed transmission and a specialized GPS that can select the proper gears based on approaching road conditions. The 0-60 jump time for this model is an impressive 4.6 seconds, which is unheard of for such a heavy vehicle. High-performance beasts like Ferrari and Lamborghini nail the jump to 60 in the 3 second and under bracket, so this Rolls is certainly not a sports car, but it is cool to see a grand tourer with this much muscle. read more

Rare Spirit of Ecstasy Stolen from a Rolls Royce

Spirit of Ecstasy

A rare Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament was boldy stolen in the UK recently. A vintage Rolls Royce was parked safely in its garage when it was broken into and vandal(s) made off with the kneeling Spirit of Ecstasy emblem from the bonnet. Special edition Rolls Royce badges and emblems are tempting to take, it would seem!

The kneeling Spirit of Ecstasy

The Spirit of Ecstasy ornament is a woman leaning forward with outstretched arms, her clothing billowing behind her like wings. It creates a nice effect from the hood, hinting at power and speed. She is also known as Emily, Silver Lady or Flying Lady and was designed by Charles Robinson Sykesand. She represents an old love story and also the Rolls Royce brand. She is now rare, as the kneeling pose was discontinued following the Silver Dawn, Phantom IV and Silver Wraith models in favor of the more upright pose. read more