For those not in the market for spectrally named vehicles with starting prices at over $400,000, the concept of a Rolls-Royce umbrella may be foreign. But the company has great pride in the rain shields it hides in its cars. They're treated more like royalty than you or I will ever be.
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Conor McGregor recently received a lucky charm from Rolls-Royce ahead of his UFC 205 fight on the weekend, and it looks to have paid off. The custom Rolls-Royce Ghost will be unmistakable around town as it features McGregor’s face along with his alias, 'NOTORIOUS', emblazoned across matte black bodywork.
Think back to the modern era of cars and you’ll recall that there’s not been a year without a concept car to wow the crowds. Whether it’s rolled out from a factory in Italy, England, Japan or America, concept cars have long been the testing bed for cutting-edge technology and design. It’s also this very reason that a lot of these insane concept machines never actually make it onto public roads short of spawning one or two examples.
Video: Have you ever wondered why you don't see people wearing Rolls Royce's hood ornaments dangling from a necklace? It's because the Spirit of Ecstasy, as the hood ornament is obnoxiously called, is protected by a brilliantly over-engineered mechanism that causes it to retract and disappear if tampered with.
Rolls Royce is a car manufacturer with a long history, and a history of building its over-sized, super-luxury limousines solidly. The next Rolls Royce Phantom, and future Rolls Royce cars more generally, though, will use modern manufacturing techniques and the same materials used on the Tesla Model S, with an aluminium chassis and body that saves weight and adds strength, albeit at the cost of more complex design requirements.
Rolls Royce's new super-luxury, four-seat, drophead convertible Dawn is now in Australia. Like other Rolls Royce motor cars, we didn't expect it to be cheap, but at $749,000 — oof.
I spent a day in a $750,000 Rolls-Royce motor car, and now I think I have ruined the experience of sitting in and driving just about any other vehicle. This is what three quarters of one million dollars, about the price of an average Sydney apartment, will buy you in outright motoring bliss.
Australia's newest Governor-General is General the Honourable Sir Peter John Cosgrove AK MC, sworn in a few minutes ago in a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra. As part of his initiation, Cosgrove travelled from Parliament to the Governor-General's residence in Yarralumla in an especially rare car.
As much as I would love to play Richard Hammond for a living, I work at Gizmodo not Top Gear. This doesn't necessarily mean that there can't be a crossover, though. At this very moment, over in the land of triangle-shaped chocolate, supercolliders and neutrality, the Geneva Motor Show took place last week with some seriously nice cars on display that demand a lusting.
The 109,000 HP Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C diesel engine is the largest and most powerful, but at 2000 tonnes, any warship it's attached to is going to have trouble outmanoeuvring jellyfish, much less torpedoes.
The 152,455-piece Lego Rolls-Royce Trent engine may be the most complex Lego machine ever built, but it's nothing compared to the real thing. This awe-inspiring time-lapse video shows how they built the turbo-fan engine that powers some of the most popular airliners in the world, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Holy bucket of bricks — that 152,455-piece, 307kg, 2m long Lego Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 jet engine doesn't only look insane — it also moves! Watch the most complicated Lego machine in action.