Most car companies don’t project more than fifty years ahead when it comes to planning their line-up of vehicles but Rolls-Royce is not your usual carmaker. The luxury British marque which this year sees its 110th anniversary has projected a vision for the next century with the wild 103EX concept as part of its parent company’s (BMW) Vision Next 100 program.
The result is a concoction of a car which boldly blends future aesthetic trends like a gull-winged body featuring a heavily sculpted underbody and enclosed wheels. And let’s not forget the legendary Spirit of Ecstasy icon which makes the 103EX a fine balancing act between the extreme and the vintage.
The design itself borrows from the Phantom Extended Wheelbase’s 5.7-metre long and 1.5-metre high dimensions before taking to a grinder to create the dramatic curves presented. Futuristic appointments of the car have been specified as laser headlights and tail lights, a swooping glass canopy which begins at the bonnet and extends all the way to the rear carbon boot and a lavish minimalist interior clean enough to eat dinner off. That canopy is also designed to open up as a passenger enters or alights from the vehicle. There’s even a virtual red carpet which lights up the path with red where the door meets the ground ahead.
Inside the car lashings of Macassar wood panelling plays nice with soft white LED lighting and a huge central OLED screen which sits nicely in front of a floating sofa. Feet are seldom neglected too with the cabin carpet being hand-woven deep-pile ivory wool. But something else is missing.
Further spruiking the future design is the car’s fully autonomous operation which does away with any trace of a steering wheel. Rolls-Royce believe that by then, autonomous cars will be in full swing hence the omission of such vital components. Driving the luxury car is a purported system which is emission free and silent.
“With the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 we were mindful not to dwell on the past. We wanted to be as innovative as possible and at the same time transcend the design history of the marque,” said design director Giles Taylor.
To see if the car ever makes it into production, those keen will have to make it to the year 2100. Start saving now.