Every once in a while, the Internet delivers.
Every once in a while, the internet does what it's supposed to and shows us a sliver of the vastness of human knowledge and creativity. And if a six-wheel, off-road Rolls-Royce Phantom doesn't showcase the vastness of human know-how (and ambition), we're not sure what does. This off-road Roller build is a lot to unpack here, it's tough to even know where to start.
So, we'll begin with where this project was found, in the hopes it maybe clues us in on what on earth is up with this 6x6 monstrosity. Reportedly, this was found in Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, as the photos found on Facebook show. Beyond that, it's hard to tell what this thing is, only that it's going somewhere. Perhaps back to Luxembourg? Or off to film the next Fast and Furious installment?
We say Luxembourg simply because of the "L" on the Phantom's EU plates. That is either where the car lives, or maybe where it's going. Regardless, it's going somewhere via air cargo. One netizen suggested it was for Fast and Furious 10, which wouldn't be too far off. This certainly looks it, thanks largely to, well, everything part on it. The yellow lights are illegal in Europe, which does suggest this Rolls might not be for road use.
Then again, neither would those off-road tires. Though those are likely just for aesthetics, given how thin the aspect ratio is, as well as how huge the wheels are. At a glance, they look to be 22-inches in size.
But we've neglected to mention the craziest part: this car's extra axle. It looks like this Phantom has had them fitted, alongside the body kit and custom trunk lid post-production, which could also be said of the matte black paint. Mechanically, we don't even know if this car runs, only that it'll need some crazy driveshaft and differential wizardry to make it do so.
Untouched, a Phantom of this era ('03-'09 or so) ran a 6.75-liter V12 making 460 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque. Adding the extra axle likely means that much of that power is lost in the car's now extended drivetrain. It's a similar issue faced by 6x6 cars the world over, from Merc's G Wagen to the Hennessey Mammoth.
We'd be remiss not to bring up the roof basket and bull bar, as if this thing will ever see anything rougher than tarmac or polished garage floors. Still, it's hilarious to look at, and as far as we're concerned, that's enough internet for today.