After touring the world, the radical Rolls is back on home soil.
With former Bugatti designer Jozef Kaban joining Rolls-Royce this year, we're hoping the automaker's luxury cars will benefit from some bold design changes in the future. Kaban replaced former Rolls-Royce design chief Giles Taylor, who penned the designs for the automaker's current models including the Wraith, Dawn, Phantom, and Cullinan. His craziest design, however, was the outlandish Vision Next 100 Concept, codenamed the 103EX.
Designed to celebrate BMW Group's one-hundredth anniversary, the Vision Next 100 Concept was the automaker's first, and so far, only, fully electric vehicle with autonomous tech designed to preview the future of luxury motoring. With its futuristic exterior featuring free-standing wheel arches and swooping roofline it looks unlike any other Rolls-Royce model. And while Rolls-Royce cars are traditionally powered by a twin-turbo V12, the Vision Next 100 Concept featured two electric motors producing a combined 671 horsepower. Essentially, it showed what an electric Phantom could look like in the future.
The Rolls-Royce Vision 100 was unveiled at London's Roundhouse back in 2016. It was then briefly displayed at Goodwood, UK, before being showcased at customer and media events around the world. After touring the world for nearly four years, the innovative Rolls-Royce has returned to its home at the company's headquarters in Goodwood.
"We are delighted to welcome 103EX home to Goodwood," said Torsten Muller-Otvos, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "After almost four years on international duties, we felt it was time for the experimental model to return home. It is a chance for those who worked on the project to relive some great memories, and for people who have joined us more recently to discover one of the most important cars we have ever built."
"As our first fully autonomous electric vehicle, 103EX was a huge statement of intent. In its technical innovation, it showed unequivocally that Rolls-Royce regards electric power as the future of automotive propulsion. It also demonstrated our radical vision of effortless, autonomous, connected, spacious and beautiful luxury mobility, with each car as individual as the customer themselves."