Last week, National Geographic premiered “Ultimate Factories”, a show that chronicles the creation of some of our favorite supercars. In the first episode that was aired on October 4, the boys from Discovery Channel were given an exclusive access to Lamborghini’s production facility in SantAgata Bolognese, Italy.
This week, Nat Geo moves across the country to Unterhallerau, Germany to get an inside look behind the production of the Rolls Royce Phantom . We’re not trying to give anything away, but this show is a must-see not just for Rolls Royce fans but for car enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes.
Combining state-of-the-art technology with old-world craftsmanship, these Phantoms are created in such a way where no detail is spared. The Phantom is so meticulously built that it takes an average of 450 hours and the skills of hundreds of dedicated craftspeople, artisans, designers, engineers, mechanics, painters, sewing machinists and others to hand-build each one.
Ok, we’ve probably given you more than you’ve wants so we’ll stop at it and just tell you to watch the show.
The Middle East has come to be known as the playground of the rich and famous. As such, their lavish lifestyles have to be satiated with expensive toys, no matter how big or small they may be.
The market in the Persian Gulf region for anything high-end is strong, to say the least. That’s why Rolls Royce has decided to release the new Rolls Royce Phantom Bespoke Collection exclusively in that part of the world. After all, chances are that most of the people that can afford these cars have permanent residences there. It’s one thing to be able to afford a ‘standard’ Rolls-Royce but only the wealthiest of the wealthy can afford something that comes out of the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collection like this recently-released Phantom.
Decked in a two-tone Arizona Sun over English White paint, this particular Phantom is the second one that was created under the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Program, which, as you can now plainly see, gives customers free reign to alter any optional extras they would like to change, both inside and out. The first car that came out of this program was a gold Drophead Coupe that was delivered in – surprise, surprise – Abu Dhabi.
Usually when the words Rolls Royce are thrown around, you think about luxury. Well, these blue bloods have a different opinion about the drop top Rolls’s role! Check what the pair are capable of doing with a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead .
Because having one of 1600 Rolls-Royce cars (coupes, convertibles and sedans) produced per year is just not going to be exclusive enough, Project Kahn decided to offer a few extras of its own. When upgrading a luxury vehicle a great amount of attention must be paid to preserving the elegance that came from the factory. The ultimate goal is to make the modifications look as if they did indeed come from the factory. That is just what the English tuners at Project Kahn did with this pearl white Rolls Royce beauty.
An extreme amount of care was taken designing the 22 inch Kahn Silver Mist Rolls Royce wheel right down to the diamond polish treatment. Original equipment, OE, fit was critical for making the rims a picture perfect upgrade for the vehicle, including the use of the OE center caps.
Complimenting the rims on the exterior are clear side markers as well as trim pieces finished in piano black. The modifications work together to subtly enhance the overall appearance of the Rolls Royce Phantom without disturbing the original design.
Rolls-Royce revealed a revised version of the Phantom a few days ago. Now the company gives a few more details with two new videos of the car. The 2009 Phantom comes with new front-end that includes a streamlined front bumper and a shallower stainless steel grille. It also now has LED door handle illumination, and 21-inch cast aluminum wheels are now standard.
When Rolls-Royce announces a facelift, even a minor one, it makes news. for the 2009 model year the Phantom is enhanced to come closer in line with the sportier Phantom Coupé . This includes a new front-end that includes a streamlined front bumper and a shallower stainless steel grille.
Other new exterior features include LED door handle illumination and 21-inch cast aluminum wheels are now standard. Two further wheel options exist, both manufactured in forged alloy and available in either painted or part polished finishes.
Rolls-Royce is about making exclusive cars, so its no surprise when it comes out with a special edition from its Bespoke Collection. For those that missed out on the Roller’s Phantom Pearl, Phantom Silver , and Phantom Tungsten editions, now comes the Rolls-Royce Phantom Sapphire.
The Phantom Sapphire takes its name from the bodywork’s unique shade of Milori Sapphire which is a unique shade of navy blue. The interior comes in a choice of two color combinations either navy blue with seashell highlights or seashell with navy blue highlights.
Lucky owners who want to celebrate their new exclusive Rolls (or the fact that they are stinkn’ rich) will appreciate cool box hidden under the back seats perfect for a little New Year’s bubbly. To complete the drink-drive package, the car also comes with diamond motif hand engraved crystal tumblers and champagne flutes.
Some cars just look better in matte black. It’s the color that got us to finally like a BMW X6 . In the case of this Rolls-Royce Phantom , it’s gone from "Do you have any Grey Poupon?" to "Holy s**t, I think he’s got a gun!"
This is a completely blacked out job, even the Spirit of Ecstasy got a tan. Oddly enough this Phantom is so menacing, it kinda looks like the modified Lincoln that played the killer in the campy 70s horror flick The Car.
Rolls-Royce owners are usually known more for their excess. So when the luxury brand began investigating the benefits of an electric car, Mother Earth was that last thing on its mind. Instead the silence and power curve that come with an electric motor has Rolls seeing green.
"We stand for unmatched refinement and you can’t get a quieter and less intrusive engine than a well engineered electric motor. Truly, the loudest noise you would hear would be the tick of the clock," says Rolls-Royce CEO Tom Purves. "We also stand for strong and instant torque – and an electric motor delivers maximum torque instantly."
If an electric Rolls-Royce were to appear, it would likely borrow the technology that its parent company BMW is developing for cars like the electric Mini . One event that may tip the scales in favor of an electric Phantom would be if urban areas begin to tax or limit vehicles with high emissions. Similar taxation like the congestion tax increase that was struck down in London could have the ulta-rich plugging in their Rollers.
The Rolls Royce Phantom is already out for a couple of years old now, so seeing one on the street may not make you turn your head. But when you see one of this color you will turn for sure.
England hasn’t seen a lilac colored Rolls Royce since the late Keith Moon, drummer for the rock band The Who, used house paint to make his ultra-luxury car stand out. This lilac Phantom in England is rumored to be owned by the Princess of Kuwait.