We have seen the future of fighter jets, and it includes the BAE Systems / Rolls-Royce Tempest. This aircraft will be able to fly unmanned, and use swarming technology to control drones. That’s not all, built-in artificial intelligence deep learning technologies will also help control directed-energy weapons, while Cooperative Engagement Capability gives it the ability to cooperate on the battlefield.
Always wanted a chance to fly on the Concorde, but was never able to for any reason? Well, Boom Supersonic’s Overture should do the trick. The company announced this week that they’ve partnered with Rolls-Royce to build the propulsion system for the company’s flagship supersonic passenger aircraft, Overture. Teams from both parties will investigate whether an existing engine architecture can be adapted for supersonic flight, while Boom’s internal team continues to develop the airframe configuration. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The 2020 Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection just might be the strangest model ever offered by the company, and it’s limited to just 50-units worldwide. It starts with a labyrinth of complex ciphers found in various parts of each vehicle, and was inspired by the CIA’s Kryptos Sculpture. The code is so secret that only two people total at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood know the full resolution of the sequence – the designer and the Chief Executive. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Considering a real Rolls-Royce Cullinan will set you back at least $330,000 USD, this 1:8 scale replica will likely cost you more than some entry-level cars (Honda Civic, Ford Fiesta, etc.). Each miniature Cullinan is handcrafted to the client’s specification using over 1,000 individual components. This build process can take up to 450 hours, or over half of the time required to build a full-sized Cullinan at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Hongqi’s all-electric SUV, code-named E115, was developed in partnership with Gilles Taylor, a former Rolls-Royce designer, and it most certainly shows. The front boasts an enclosed intake grille outlined by LED light bars, and the logo, which lies at the center of the head, features a sleek and minimalist design. When fully charged, it has a 373-miles range with seven driving modes to choose from. A top-of-the-line AWD (all-wheel-drive) model can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in under 4-seconds. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Roll-Royce has unveiled what could potentially be the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft at Gloucestershire Airport in England. This single-passenger, zero-emissions ACCEL project plane can reportedly achieve a top speed of over 300 mph, thanks to a new electric propulsion system that is currently being tested on the company’s ionBird test airframe. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
You won’t find another Rolls-Royce quite like the “Rose” Phantom. The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective personalized the interior of this Phantom for a Swedish entrepreneur, embroidering the starlight headliner, door panels and dashboard with a unique flower scene. Its owner decided upon this floral motif because his wife and two of four children are named after flowers. A total of one-million embroidered stitches were used to create this one-of-a-kind vehicle. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The eighth generation Rolls-Royce Phantom uses an aluminum spaceframe chassis, which is a version of the company’s modular “Architecture of Luxury” platform. It’s the first car to be based on this new platform, which will later be used by the Cullinan SUV and other future Rolls-Royce models. Klassen will build you a custom armored 23-foot-long version of this ultra luxurious vehicle for a whopping $3.3-million. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Rolls-Royce 103EX, also known as the Vision 100, is an all-electric, self-driving concept that doesn’t even have a steering wheel, as passengers relax on a sofa instead and have their every need handled by “Eleanor,” a personal virtual assistant as well as chauffeur. It has finally returned home to the automaker’s headquarters in Goodwood, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom, after two-years of touring the world. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.