It's no secret that the ultimate sign of luxury is driving around in a Rolls-Royce. Given the storied history of the British car-manufacturer, it's a little surprising to see the company's newest concept car release—its 103EX—which features unbelievable amenities such as a driverless cabin, a flip-open roof that allows passengers to simply slip into the car, and the Rolls "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament that is lit from inside the hood.
Debuted at the historic Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, the Rolls-Royce 103EX resembles a spaceship more than an automobile, thanks in part to the control panel that accompanies all the gadgets to make it run.
While the 103EX concept is a stray from traditional Rolls-Royce designs—as it's part of the brand's Vision Next 100 release—the director of design for the company, Giles Taylor, was quick to explain such an over-the-top look, saying, "With the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 we were mindful not to dwell on the past," explained Giles Taylor, director of design for Rolls-Royce. "We wanted to be as innovative as possible and at the same time transcend the design history of the marque.”
After looking at the images of the car, you'll understand what Taylor's talking about.
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