Rolls-Royce Phantom exposed
Luxury car maker Rolls-Royce has stripped down one of its famous Phantom models to give the public a highly detailed look into of the most luxurious vehicles on the market today.
The collection of photos show off the £300,000 Phantom's complex spaceframe structure up close and personal, not including any luxuries whatsoever or indeed much in the way of any sort of comforts.
None of the body panels have been attached, although four tyres and a steering wheel do remain. However, with no engine attached this particular Phantom is completely un-driveable in any sense.
The impressive spaceframe used for the Phantom is both shaped and machined over in Norway, before each is welded together by hand over at a plant in Germany.
The structure is constructed in such a way to make the frame both strong and relatively lightweight, achieving a high level of stiffness for more dynamic and responsive driving characteristics.
Complete with top of the range suspension components, this construction of the car makes a huge difference in creating favourable handling for the Phantom, while also able to achieve a high safety rating as well.
All of this emphasises the level of detail that goes into making the Rolls-Royce Phantom, which currently starts from £285,200 and is easily one of the most ostentatious new cars money can buy.
Sold as a saloon, coupe and Drophead convertible, the Phantom sports a huge front grille and chrome trim and offers as many as 44,000 paint colours plus a huge choice of colours for the onboard leather trim.
Some of the other more eccentric features on the Phantom include the rear hinged doors at the back, commonly referred to as "suicide doors", but called "coach doors" by Rolls-Royce.
The Phantom also sports a storage compartment for umbrellas within the rear doors, and a power reserve dial showing how much engine power is left for the driver.
The engine meanwhile is a large 6.75-litre V12 petrol unit which produces 453bhp as standard, or 460bhp on the Extended Wheel Base Phantom. On the standard model, the car can cover the 0-60mph sprint in 5.9 seconds and the top speed is limited to 150mph.
While the Phantom is clearly flamboyant in its final production form, the detailed and hand built spaceframe by Rolls-Royce has reminded motorists how it can combine luxurious flair with highly scientific technology into one package.
Written by Stephen Goldasz