Rolls-Royce Transformed Into World's Most Luxurious Drag Racer

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You've never seen a Rolls-Royce quite like this.

Rolls-Royce builds some of the most luxurious cars in the world such as the Ghost, Phantom, and Cullinan. You don't normally associate the prestigious brand with speed and performance, let alone drag racing. This, however, is a Rolls-Royce like no other.

Rolls-Royce cars are sedate and elegant, but Tony Johansen thinks they're too boring and wanted to own one that got his heart pumping. So he decided to build a unique Rolls-Royce drag racer with the help of his friend Perti Plosila, whose previous build projects include a supercharged quad bike, a 120-mph moped, and a combine harvester dragster.

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On the outside, it may look like a 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, but the chassis is custom-built with a steel frame. The protruding engine, wide rear tires, and gold side exhausts are also obvious giveaways that this is no ordinary Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. It also rides much lower to the ground than a regular Rolls.

Powering this beautiful beast is a supercharged V8 from an Oldsmobile with a 200-hp nitrous booster fitted in the pack for extra punch. In the above video, we get to hear its vicious V8 roar. To say that it's loud is an understatement so don't expect the cabin to be as quiet and relaxing as a modern Rolls-Royce.

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Of course, no Rolls-Royce would be complete without a luxurious interior. The custom Silver Shadow dragster is trimmed in carbon and equipped with luxury leather seats so you can travel home in comfort as long as you can tolerate the noise. There are even holders for champagne and flute glasses when it's time to celebrate a fast quarter-mile time.

If you fancy owning what has to be the world's most luxurious drag racer, this crazy build is currently up for sale by Norweigian dealer TJ Auto for 890,000 kr ($106,790). That's a lot less than a new "entry-level" Rolls-Royce Ghost, which starts at $332,500.

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