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    Rolls Royce Airbus Engine Assembly Line Factory Berlin

    British car and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce lifted the lid on its shiny new factory for jet engines this week.

    The Trent XWB engine will be used in Airbus' A350 XWB aircraft, and it's one of the quietest and fuel efficient jet engines ever produced. 

    Rolls-Royce invited company executives, German officials, journalists, and photographers to the plant just outside Berlin for the unveiling and a tour of the facility. Here’s a look at how the efficient engines take shape:

    The first thing you notice about the Trent XWB engine: it’s big. Really big. Just two of these will power a 240 ton plane into the sky with 84,000 pounds of thrust each.

    Specifically, they’ll be powering Airbus A350X WB (extra wide body), one of the French plane maker's most in-demand models.

    Here’s what the engine looks like up close when installed under the wing.

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    Air Asia X Airbus A330

    An Air Asia X flight from Perth, Australia, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was forced to turn around after the plane began to violently shake. 

    According to CNN, the turbulence was so severe on flight D7237 that the pilot asked passengers to pray twice. Passengers were also told to brace for impact during the landing at the Perth airport, according to CNN, though the landing ended up being smooth. 

    An airport spokesperson told the AFP that the pilot noticed "technical issues" and turned the plane around. 

    At least one of the passengers onboard was able to catch the terrifying incident on camera. 

    "The safety of our guests and crew is of the utmost importance to us. We are currently conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident together with our engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. We are also cooperating fully with the local aviation authorities," Air Asia said in a statement

    The company also said that it "always strctly follows the maintenance programme" as directed by the manufacturers. 

    In a statement to Business Insider, Rolls-Royce said: 

    "We’re aware of the incident and will be working closely with relevant partners to support them and understand the cause of the issue."

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    Rolls Royce Dawn Black Badge

    Over the past decade, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has made a concerted to reach a younger and more trendy group of buyers. 

    These efforts include the introduction of the entry-level Ghost sedan in 2010 followed by the Wraith coupe in 2013 and the Dawn convertible in 2015. 

    And the company's efforts seem to be working quite well. 

    In fact, since 2010, the average age of Rolls-Royce customers has fallen from 56 years of age down to just 45, Bloomberg reported.

    Now Rolls is pushing even further into its "youth" revolution with a menacingly stylish line-up of bespoke Black Badge models.

    On Wednesday, Rolls-Royce unveiled the Black Badge edition of the Dawn — joining the similar versions of the Wraith and Ghost that were introduced last year. 

    Rolls Royce Dawn Black Badge"Standing as a truly Bespoke response to the desires of a new breed of entrepreneur, Black Badge has already distinctly amplified the characters’ of Ghost and Wraith motor cars, placing them into consciousness of those that seek a commanding presence in the objects they commission," Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said in a statement. "Overwhelming demand from new patrons of luxury tells us the time is now right to apply this assertive, confident and powerful attitude to Dawn and open this truly transformative presence to the world."

    Each Black Badge Dawn will be individually commissioned and optioned to the specific wishes of the customer. So in theory, no two Black badge cars will be identical.

    Under the hood, the Black Badge Dawn will get a little extra oomph to back up its sinister looks. The 6.6 liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine remains. However, horsepower is up 30 to 593 ponies. The Dawn's suspension and eight-speed ZF satellite-assisted automatic transmission have been adjusted to create a more "dynamic" driving experience.

    Rolls Royce Dawn Black BadgeAccording to Rolls-Royce, the Dawn Black Badge can make the sprint from 0 to 60mph in just 4.9 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. 

    The Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge will make its official world debut at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month. Rolls-Royce has not disclosed the official pricing for the Black Badge. However, the standard Dawn starts at a lofty $335,000. 

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    Rolls Royce Phantom 62

    As the flagship model of the world's most famous luxury carmaker, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is a rolling throwback to an age when the superwealthy lived in 100-room estates and employed dozens of staff members, a few of them chauffeurs.

    The debut of the seventh-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom, in 2003, ushered the company into a new era under BMW ownership. Ever since the German automaker acquired the British one in 1998, the company has grown considerably, with annual global sales reaching 4,000 cars in 2014.

    In 2013, Rolls-Royce introduced an updated Series II Phantom VII. But in 2016, the company said the Phantom as we know it would cease production and be replaced by a brand-new car.

    With the eighth-generation Phantom rumored to be just around the corner, we can't help but take a look back at the flagship Rolls that helped resurrect the iconic brand.

    Last summer, Rolls-Royce dropped off a 2016 model clad in a regal black livery. The Phantom starts at $417,825, but our options-heavy test car left the factory with a price of $506,900, making it one of the most expensive vehicles we've ever tested.

    Photos by Hollis Johnson unless otherwise credited.

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    For Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the Phantom name dates to the 1920s, but the modern Phantom didn't arrive until 2003. It was the first Rolls-Royce developed under BMW ownership.

    The black Phantom Rolls dropped off at our New York office is a 2016 Series II.

    Our test car came in at a substantial 19.1 feet in length, but there is an extended-wheel-base version that is nearly a foot longer.

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    It seems the industry's future propulsion method is sealed: electric cars will begin to take priority over the internal combustion engine.

    While some automakers buy time and green credentials with hybrid systems, Rolls-Royce has zero plans for such a stop-gap.

    Autocar reports that Rolls-Royce is not looking into expanding its portfolio of vehicles with hybrid technology. Instead, the marque will pursue electric cars.

    “Electrification is the way forward—and there will be no in between steps for us like hybridization,” Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Otvös told the British publication. “It is the propulsion system for the future, make no error. There is a time—nobody can predict when—when there will be no combustion engines. That will take a long, long time, but it will happen.”

    But, even speaking of electric powertrains, Müller-Otvös said only when the technology is suitably developed will Rolls-Royce swap out V-12 engines for batteries and electric motors. Recall, Rolls-Royce in 2011 tested the waters with an electric Phantom concept but found the lack of range and charging infrastructure to be too much of a shortcoming. Even with today's battery technology, it's not quite up to Rolls-Royce standards.

    “The Rolls-Royce brand is not, in a way, a game-changer when it comes to revolutionary technology. Our customers are doing so for reasons of utmost luxury, so there can be no imperfections."

    He did state access to the BMW Group's electric powertrains will be an asset when Rolls-Royce does finally introduce such technology. In the meantime, however, the focus will be on opulence and delivering a luxurious driving experience.

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    The Rolls-Royce Phantom is one of the oldest names in the car business. For nearly 100 years, the Phantom has been a byword for luxury, exclusivity, and world-class engineering.

    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars launched the seventh-generation Phantom in 2003 after a decade of dormancy. It was the first new Rolls-Royce introduced after BMW assumed control of the brand from Volkswagen Group in what was one of the most bizarre business deals in recent memory.

    For 13 years, the Phantom VII served Rolls-Royce with distinction as its flagship model while also becoming a catalyst for the brand's recent renaissance. With annual sales topping 4,000 cars, the past few years have been happy times for the rarefied luxury automaker.

    Now, there's an all-new Phantom.

    On Thursday, Rolls-Royce unveiled the Phantom VIII.

    "The Phantom is the pinnacle of the Rolls-Royce brand in its truest sense," CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös told Business Insider in an interview. "It embodies all of the qualities Rolls-Royce is well known for. It starts with the magic carpet ride, the quality, the precision design, and engineering."

    "It embodies what Sir Henry Royce said, 'Take the best that exists and make it even better,' and that is exactly what the Phantom is in every single detail," Müller-Ötvös added.

    Rolls-Royce is expected to commence customer deliveries of the Phantom VIII in early 2018. The standard wheelbase Phantom starts at about $450,000. Company data, however, shows Phantom VIII customers are adding more than $150,000 in bespoke options to their cars for an average order price of $600,000.

    Here's a closer look at Rolls-Royce's new flagship.

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    Since 2003, the Phantom VII has embodied the pinnacle of Rolls-Royce luxury.

    Now, there's a new flagship Phantom in town. It's the first car to be built on Rolls-Royce's new all-aluminum platform, called the Architecture of Luxury. It will underpin all of the brand's coming models including the Cullinan SUV.

    Under the hood, the Phantom is powered by a 563-horsepower, 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine paired with an eight-speed, satellite-aided, ZF automatic transmission.

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    For nearly 100 years, Rolls-Royce has been the symbol of luxury and exclusivity with their flagship model, Phantom. After launching the seventh-generation Phantom in 2003, Rolls-Royce has returned once again to redefine luxury with the all new Phantom VIII.

    Take a closer look at Rolls-Royce's new flagship before its delivery in early 2018.

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    Rolls Royce Ghost Black Badge 2

    If you're looking for a car that will give you a massage while smoking a cigar, go no further than the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

    We got a ride in a Rolls-Ryoce Ghost "Black Badge" edition and it seems safe to say the best part of the experience was getting cozy in the back seat. The roughly $306,000 car came with more than $100,000-worth of luxurious add-on features — and it was a sight to behold.

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    Here it is in all its glory: a $415,600 luxury Rolls-Royce.

    This Ghost featured Rolls-Royce's "cobalto blue" leather interior option. It's a bit cartoonish at first, but I grew to appreciate how the bright seats popped against the car's black accents over time.

    The seats were roomy, comfortable, and even give back massages! It's not the best massage function I've ever tried, but my lower back definitely felt better walking out of the car. The seats can move back-and-forth and also come with heat warmers.

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    Rolls Royce ship navy

    Unmanned air vehicles, better known as drones, have been operating for a long time. And those drones have been used in some high-ranking terrorist kills, like the one that took out Anwar al-Awlaki of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud.

    Other unmanned vehicles are on the ground and are being tested by the Army and Marine Corps.

    And the Navy’s gotten into the unmanned game as well. In 2014 the service tested small, unmanned boats as a way to prevent a repeat of the 2000 attack on the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67). But Rolls Royce is now proposing something that could put the Navy’s plans to shame.

    According to a company release, Rolls Royce is developing a 700-ton vessel capable of operating for 100 days unmanned, and it could be a game-changer for navies around the world. This vessel would be about the size of the Nanuchka-class corvette. It would have a range of 3,500 miles and a top speed of more than 25 knots.

    What might this vessel be used for? The big mission Rolls Royce is pitching is “coastal patrol and surveillance,” logistical support, or even as a means to protect other vessels. This ship would still be very capable for its size, largely because, “[m]any of the habitation systems and accommodation compartments are removed, bringing immediate cost savings and making the vessel smaller.”

    Rolls Royce ship navy

    “The autonomous platforms are likely to cover a range of single role missions, e.g. patrol and surveillance, mine detection or fleet screening, while the larger manned ships will cover the multi-role missions,” Rolls Royce adds.

    In addition to having on-board sensors, the unmanned vessel could also carry a number of unmanned aerial vehicles. In essence, it is a robotic aircraft carrier for drones. This could make things very interesting at sea.

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    Rolls-Royce is taking self-driving tech to the seas.

    The defense and engineering company, which was spun out from the car company back in the 1970s, said it wants to build a naval vessel that can operate by itself for 100 days straight. The 60-meter ship is designed to assist with patrol and suveillance as well as mine detection.

    "Over the next 10 years or so, Rolls-Royce expects to see the introduction of medium sized unmanned platforms, particularly in leading navies, as the concept of mixed manned and unmanned fleets develops," Rolls-Royce wrote in a press release.

    Rolls-Royce said it has created an intelligent awareness system that uses artificial intelligence to help the ship operate without human intervention. The ship would require fewer crew members to help limit the number of people exposed to hazards and trim costs.

    The company joins several others in the race to automate boats. Norwegian fertilizer company YARA is building an electric, driverless boat that is slated to be operational in 2018. Startup Sea Machines Robotics has also been testing an unmanned vessel in the Boston Harbor.

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    MALE AND URBAN CONSUMERS MORE ENTHUSIASTIC FOR SELF-DRIVING CARS: A newly released Pew Center survey of 4,135 US adults conducted earlier this year shows US consumers are conflicted about the emergence of self-driving vehicles. The survey found that 65% of the respondents said they expect most cars will be autonomous within the next 50 years.

    More respondents were worried about autonomous vehicles than were enthusiastic. Just over half (53%) said they were “somewhat” or “very” worried, compared to 39% who said they were “somewhat” or “very” enthusiastic. Among the 56% of respondents who said they would not ride in a self-driving car, the most common concerns were giving up control of the vehicle (42%) and safety concerns (30%). 

    However, the survey found some interesting differences between different groups’ willingness to ride in a self-driving car: 

    • While 51% of male respondents said they’d ride in a self-driving vehicle, only 35% of women surveyed said they’d be willing to do so. This is in line with findings from a Morning Consult survey earlier this year that also found men were more willing to ride in a self-driving vehicle.
    • More than half (52%) of urban dwellers surveyed said they’d ride in a self-driving car, compared to 40% of suburbanites and 36% of rural respondents.
    • Unsurprisingly, younger respondents were also more willing to ride in a self-driving car, with 51% of respondents aged 18-49 saying they’d do so, compared to only 35% of those aged 50 or older.

    Among the 44% of respondents willing to ride in a self-driving car, the top reason they said they’d do so was simply for the experience, which was cited by 37% of them. Other common reasons included feeling self-driving cars would be safer (cited by 17%), the ability to do other things besides driving (15%), and reducing the stress associated with driving (13%).

    The majority of the respondents also said they support several policies that could restrict self-driving cars in various ways: 

    • 87% of the respondents favored or strongly favored requiring someone in the driver seat at all times who could take control.
    • 83% said they favored or strongly favored dedicated driving lanes for self-driving vehicles.
    • 69% said they favored or strongly favored restricting self-driving cars from driving in certain areas, such as near schools.

    Such rules could over time make consumers feel more comfortable with self-driving cars, alleviating some of the concerns around their safety. Those concerns could also be further reduced if self-driving cars prove beneficial to society. For instance, only 28% of those surveyed expected self-driving cars would reduce traffic congestion in major cities. However, studies have predicted that self-driving taxis hailed through mobile apps could vastly reduce the number of cars in urban areas. If self-driving cars reduce traffic, leading to fewer car accidents, it could make consumers rethink their opinions around self-driving cars.


    GOOGLE AND ROLLS-ROYCE PARTNER ON SHIPPING SAFETY AND NAVIGATION: Rolls-Royce has agreed to partner with Google to improve its own software for detecting and avoiding objects at sea, Port Technology reports.

    The agreement will allow Rolls-Royce, one of the world’s leading providers of marine propulsion systems, to use Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine to analyze marine data sets. Leveraging Google’s machine learning algorithms to detect patterns in these data sets which will then be applied to help Rolls-Royce’s software recognize and identify different objects in ship’s surroundings on the open ocean. 

    Rolls-Royce’s object detection technology can help with both manned and unmanned shipping vessels. Rolls-Royce previously used the system as an advanced safety system for ships owned by Stena Line, a Swedish ship operator. This type of object detection and avoidance technology is also a step towards autonomous ships, much like how advanced driver assist systems in cars today are essential building blocks towards self-driving cars. Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce demonstrated the world’s first remotely controlled commercial vessel in Copenhagen’s harbor, and opened a research center in Finland dedicated to autonomous shipping.

    The company intends to eventually use small crews at centralized control centers to remotely operate unmanned cargo vessels around the world. Several major Japanese shipping firms are similarly planning to build fleets of remotely controlled vessels. This type of model would drastically reduce labor costs for shipping companies, which can make up half the total costs of operating a cargo vessel. However, maritime laws and regulations will need to be rewritten in order for autonomous or remotely controlled commercial vessels to cross the world’s oceans. International shipping is regulated by the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO), which has said that it is considering changes that would enable unmanned ships to sail in international waters. In the meantime, shipping operators, their suppliers, and tech companies will accelerate their ongoing efforts to build sensors and software for unmanned vessels.

    RIDE-HAILNG FIRMS’ REGULATORY ISSUES IN WESTERN EUROPE: Estonian ride-hailing company Taxify is moving into Paris for the first time, according to Engadget. The firm hopes that it will be able to carve out a large share of the city’s ride-hailing market by charging consumers 10% less on average than rival Uber, and taking 10% less in commission from drivers. Taxify, which operates in 18 countries, mostly in Europe, will only be able to use drivers with a professional chauffeur license (known as VTC).

    The company sees an opportunity in Western European markets as Uber confronts regulatory issues in the region. The world’s largest ride-hailing firm has struggled to maintain a strong presence in Western Europe. Notably, it’s license to operate in London was rescinded last month by Transport for London (TfL), and its low-cost UberPOP service was temporarily banned in France after cab drivers protested the service. London was a major loss for Uber — its revenue was up 59% in the city in 2016 and it controlled 68% of the UK ride-hailing market, according to Dalia Research. Taxify entered London immediately following Uber’s loss of its license, and is furthering that push with its move into Paris.

    However, Taxify has been plagued with some of the same issues as Uber. Only a week after it launched in London, Taxify was banned by TfL. Additionally, France’s National Union of Taxis and the head of the VTC Union have already attacked Taxify in the press, arguing that its business practices will hurt drivers and consumers.

    It’s looking increasingly likely that ride-hailing firms are fundamentally at-odds with many Western European cities’ regulatory policies. Part of the reason TfL revoked Uber’s license in London was because the regulator said Uber failed to meet requirements around driver vetting and reporting practices. These requirements are designed for traditional taxi operators, and Uber and Taxify both argued after losing their licenses that they are technology platforms, not taxi operators. Therefore, they say, they should not be required to follow strict regulations that would add operational costs and complexity to their businesses. Moreover, Taxify’s experience shows that established taxi drivers and their unions, which have a great deal of sway in Western European countries, will always have ride-hailing firms in their sights. These challenges will persist until ride-hailing firms deal with these regulatory issues that have made Western Europe a particularly difficult market.

    In other news…

    • Ford announced that all of its vehicles sold in the US will have native connectivity features by 2019, according to The Star. In addition, the company plans to include native connectivity features in 90% of its vehicles sold in foreign markets by 2019. CEO Jim Hackett said the move will position the automaker well for a future where many competing automakers also offer connectivity features on all their models. Ford joins BMW, GM, and Mercedes-Benz in planning to build connectivity features into all their models in the coming years.
    • Boeing will acquire Aurora Flight Sciences, a manufacturer of drones and pilotless flying systems, in order to eventually start manufacturing flying taxis, according to The Wall Street Journal. While flying taxis face technological and regulatory hurdles to get to market, the company views them as part of the future of transportation. In addition, CTO Greg Hyslop said the company will leverage Aurora’s machine learning technologies to bolster the technologies in its other offerings, which could include building machine learning applications for its planes and other aircraft.
    • Electric vehicle (EV) sales hit a yearly high in September, and Tesla leads all manufacturers in overall sales, according to a new report from Inside EVs. Automakers delivered about 21,000 electric plug-in vehicles in the US last month, up from only 16,000 in August but off the monthly record for EV deliveries set back in December 2016. Tesla led all manufacturers with 8,095 EVs delivered last month, nearly twice the 4,112 delivered by GM, which came in second. This brings the total number of electric vehicles sold in the US this year to 142,514.

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    • Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens are collaborating to create the technology necessary for a hybrid electric plane.
    • They want to test a hybrid electric plane by 2020 and begin commercial flights by 2025.
    • Electric engines could reduce airplane noise and fuel costs.

    Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens are collaborating to create the technology necessary for a hybrid electric plane, the companies said Tuesday. Known as the "E-Fan X programme," the collaboration started in 2012 as a response to the European Union's desire to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and nitrogen oxide pollution.

    While the companies want to test a hybrid electric plane by 2020 and have one flying commercial flights by 2025, their goals are more modest in the short term. The first step is creating an electric engine that could be placed on a traditional aircraft, the BAe 146.


    The most pressing obstacle the companies will have to overcome is the current weight of the batteries and cooling equipment necessary for electric flight. If they're able to do so, it could make life much easier for airlines, who devote a significant amount of their budgets to fuel costs. Electric motors would also reduce the amount of noise airplanes make, which could allow airlines to schedule more evening flights.

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    • Business Insider took a Rolls-Royce Dawn on a road trip through New Jersey.
    • The Dawn convertible shares a platform with the Ghost sedan and Wraith Coupe.
    • We were blown away by Dawn's power, smoothness, and unique driving experience.

    Over the past 15 years, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, a company with more than a century's worth of heritage and brand equity, has completely reinvented itself under BMW ownership. This reinvention was not conducted in a way that abandons tradition — because that would be foolish— but rather by embracing it while injecting a heavy dose of modernity.

    In other words, rather than slapping the brand's badge on a run-of-the-mill luxury car, they decided to build honest-to-God Rolls-Royce motor cars with the latest chassis, engine, and infotainment technology money can buy.

    First, there was the flagship Phantom limo. Then came the "entry-level"Ghost sedan. That was followed by Wraith coupe. Now, with the arrival of the Dawn, it's safe to say the Rolls-Royce revolution is complete.

    Rolls-Royce dropped off a brand new Dawn for Business Insider to check out at our top secret suburban New Jersey road test facility — the nerve center of our vast vehicle evaluation operation. Otherwise known as my colleague Matt DeBord's driveway.

    Obviously, this was the perfect opportunity for a weekend drive through the wilds of New Jersey.

    The Rolls-Royce Dawn starts at a lofty $335,000. However, our option-laden test car clad in Midnight Sapphire and Blue Ice livery cost a whopping $402,675.

    Hollis Johnson contributed to this story.

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    I began the day at Business Insider's suburban test car facility located not too far from BMW/Rolls-Royce North America's headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

    The Dawn joins the flagship Phantom VIII, ...

    ... The Ghost, and...

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    • Rolls Royce is showing four cars at the Geneva Motor Show, including three custom Phantoms from the Bespoke division and the Dawn Aero Cowling.
    • The bespoke cars have features like one-of-a-kind art pieces and custom paint colors to complement the exteriors.
    • Each Rolls Royce was tailored to the requests of the patrons and reflect the history of the company. 

    Rolls Royce revealed three distinct Bespoke Phantoms and a Dawn Aero Cowling at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland earlier this week. 

    Each custom car was commissioned by Rolls Royce patrons and have unique features like custom paint covers, hand-polished veneers, and one-of-a-kind art displays in the Gallery on the dashboard. They were inspired by the history of Rolls Royce, like the 1930s Phantom II Continental Saloons and Charles Sykes’ original drawings for the Spirit of Ecstasy, the iconic ornament on Rolls Royce cars. 

    Take a look at the incredible Rolls Royce Bespoke designs: 

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    The first of the three phantoms, The Gentleman's Tourer, is inspired by the Phantom II Continental Saloons of the 1930s.

    The gunmetal gray paint color is inspired by high performance aircrafts and was designed specifically for this car.

    The interior was designed for long, luxurious drives. The Spirit of Ecstasy is embossed in each door panel, and showcases a modern, minimalist design.

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    Rolls Royce Phantom first drive

    • The Rolls-Royce Phantom is all-new for 2018.
    • The eighth-generation Phantom is powered by a new 563-horsepower, 6.75-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine.
    • The new Rolls-Royce Phantom starts at $450,000 while our decked-out test car left the factory with a price tag of $630,000.

    The Rolls-Royce Phantom represents the peak of automotive luxury. It's a car whose plushness is the gold standard to which all others are measured.

    For the first time in 15 years, we get a brand-new, from-the-ground-up Phantom. 

    "The Phantom is the pinnacle of the Rolls-Royce brand in its truest sense," Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös told Business Insider in an interview ahead of the car's unveiling last July. "It embodies all of the qualities Rolls-Royce is well known for. It starts with the magic carpet ride, the quality, the precision design, and engineering."

    "It embodies what Sir Henry Royce said, 'Take the best that exists and make it even better,' and that is exactly what the Phantom is in every single detail," Müller-Ötvös added.

    Now, we finally get a chance to experience it in living color.

    On Wednesday, Business Insider got to take a short drive in a long-wheelbase Phantom through the streets of New York City. Even though we only got to spend about an hour with the car, it was enough for us to get a feel for its luxury and performance. 

    We will have a full review of the Phantom at a later date, after a comprehensive road test of the new Rolls flagship. 

    The standard wheelbase Phantom starts at about $450,000. But our test car is an extended wheelbase model that is eight inches longer than the standard Phantom and starts at $530,000. With bespoke optional extras, our black-and-emerald-green Roller costs more than $630,000.

    Here's a closer look at the new eighth-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom. 

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    The all-new eighth-gen Rolls-Royce Phantom in all its glory on the streets of New York City. In case you're wondering, it's 19.5 feet long.

    Our stunning emerald-green test car made a scene everywhere we went.

    Tourists and jaded New Yorkers alike gawked at the sight of this magnificent beast.

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    Rolls Royce Phantom First Drive

    • The Rolls-Royce introduced an all-new eighth generation Phantom for 2018.
    • The new Rolls-Royce flagship is powered by a 563 horsepower, twin-turbo V12.
    • It starts at $450,000 while our extended wheelbase test car carried a price tag of nearly $644,000.
    • The Phantom is fully-customizable and loaded with cool tech and luxury features.

    Over the years, Rolls-Royce has become a byword for automotive opulence. As the pinnacle of roadgoing luxury, the Phantom is Rolls-Royce's long-serving flagship. For the first time in 15 years, there's an all-new generation Phantom. In fact, it's the eighth generation in the nameplate that dates back to 1925.

    Recently, Business Insider was able to spend an afternoon with the all-new Phantom, including about an hour behind the wheel of the behemoth.

    The Rolls-Royce Phantom will be available in two body styles, the stand wheelbase and the extended wheelbase which adds eight extra inches in length. In case you're wondering, the extended wheelbase Phantom is 19.5 feet long.

    Under the hood is a new 563 horsepower, 6.75 liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine. According to Rolls, our extra-long Phantom can hit 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. The standard Phantom is about 0.2 seconds faster. Both versions have a top speed of 155 mph.

    We were impressed by the new Phantom driving dynamics thanks to its new four-wheel-steering system. It's not exactly nimble, but far more fleet of foot than you would expect from a vehicle of its size. However, the real place to be is in the back where you can stretch out and get a feel for the serenity and smoothness of its passenger experience. It's what Rolls-Royce calls the "magic carpet ride."

    The standard wheelbase Phantom starts at about $450,000. But our test car is an extended wheelbase model that is eight inches longer than the standard Phantom and starts at $530,000. With bespoke optional extras, our black-and-emerald-green Roller costs nearly $644,000.

    Here's a closer look at the coolest tech and luxury features on the Rolls-Royce Phantom:

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    We have the chance to experience the Phantom on the streets of New York City.

    Behind the wheel, the first thing you notice is the heads-up display and a digital instrument cluster designed to mimic old-school Rolls-Royce analog gauges. The driver also has access to adaptive cruise control, collision warning, pedestrian warning as well as lane departure and lane change warning.

    In the center console is a 10.25-inch high definition display running a version of BMW Group's iDrive infotainment system. It serves as a display for the Phantom's elaborate system of cameras.

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    B-52H Stratofortress

    • Rolls-Royce wants to build a new engine for the US' B-52 bombers. 
    • The CEO of Rolls-Royce said they have a good engine for the bomber, and that it's looking more likely that it will happen than in the past. 

    Rolls-Royce would be interested in bidding to provide a new engine for the United State's B-52 bombers, said its CEO, should authorities proceed with a project to update the jets.

    "It's a real opportunity that's been talked about for decades and we do believe that we have a very good engine for that project should it go ahead," Rolls-Royce Chief Executive Warren East told shareholders at its annual meeting on Thursday.

    "I would say that it's probably looking more likely that it will go ahead than it has looked for the last quite a lot of years and as that has come to pass our competitors are getting pretty active as well," he said, adding that the company needed to be realistic given the competitive environment.

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    Rolls Royce Cullinan

    • The Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV made its world debut on Thursday.
    • The Cullinan, named after the largest diamond ever discovered, is the first SUV in the brand's century-long history.
    • The Cullinan will be built on Rolls-Royce's new Architecture of Luxury aluminum platform.
    • Under the hood is a 6.75 liter, 563 horsepower, twin-turbocharged V12 that can power the Cullinan up to a top speed of 155 mph.
    • The new Rolls-Royce Cullinan starts at $325,000.

    On Thursday, the Rolls-Royce officially unveiled the first SUV in the company's 114-year history. Dubbed the Cullinan, after the largest diamond ever discovered, the new Rolls-Royce off-roader makes its debut three years after the company announced its intentions to build a "high-bodied car."

    "Today we are setting a new standard by creating a new class of motoring and motor car for customers who are well-connected, highly mobile and have a global perspective," Rolls-Royce chairman Peter Schwarzenbauer said in a statement. "Their sense of adventure and daring demands a 'go-anywhere in ultimate luxury' motor car that will both take them to, and meet them at, the pinnacle of life. Cullinan is that motor-car."

    Over the past decade, global demand for crossovers and SUVs have skyrocketed while the market for traditional sedans has contracted. This change in demand has been felt across the industry with traditional sports and luxury brands like Jaguar, Porsche, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo going all-in on SUVs.

    In 2016, Bentley became the first ultra-premium brand to launch an SUV with the hot-selling Bentayga. Lamborghini followed suit in 2017 with the introduction of the 190 mph Urus SUV. Now, Rolls-Royce is on board as well.

    Over the past three years, Rolls-Royce has kept the world updated on the development of its first SUV. The company showed off its first mule in 2015, followed by a sneak peek at a prototype in 2016.

    Now, we get to see the finished product. Here's a closer look at the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV.

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    The Rolls-Royce Cullinan will be built on the company's new aluminum Architecture of Luxury platform that's ...

    ... shared with its new flagship Phantom sedan.

    Styling-wise, the Cullinan is unmistakably a Rolls-Royce with the company's vertical grille dominating the SUV's front fascia.

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    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a press conference with Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg at 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain, June 21, 2018.

    • Major manufactures employing over 70,000 people in the UK have put pressure on the government in recent weeks over Brexit.
    • Businesses want more clarity over Britain's future trading relationship with the EU, with less than a year left until Brexit.
    • "It's undeniable that there's been a big shift in businesses coming out to talk about Brexit," says a senior businesslobbyist.

    Airbus. Siemens. BMW. Rolls-Royce. Jaguar Land Rover.

    What do they all have in common? All have publicly spoken out against the government's handling of Brexit in recent weeks.

    All are also large-scale manufacturers, which is not incidental. Together they employ over 70,000 people in the UK. They have collectively warned that many of those jobs may be under threat.

    "It's undeniable that there's been a big shift in businesses coming out to talk about Brexit, to warn against the dangers of no deal or a hard Brexit,"Nicola Sykes, head of EU negotiations at the Confederation of British Industry, tweeted on Thursday.

    With the March 2019 deadline for Britain to leave the EU fast approaching and little palpable progress made, businesses are going public with fears that we could be heading off an economic cliff.

    Airbus was the first to break cover. The aeroplane manufacturer, which employs 14,000 people in the UK, said in late June that a no deal Brexit could force it to leave the country. It said that its comments were not part of "project fear"— the term used by Brexit supporters to dismiss economic naysaying — but part of a "dawning reality."

    BMW board member Ian Robertson then said the car-maker needs clarity by the end of summer or it would have to start its contingency plans. The company employs about 8,000 people in the UK.

    Days later Britain's five biggest business lobbies united in an almost unprecedented move, writing to Prime Minister Theresa May to warn that "time is running out" for businesses and many are queuing up to move jobs out of Britain.

    The CEO of Siemens UK followed with a call for the government to "get away from slogans" and provide clarity over the UK's post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU.

    This week Jaguar Land Rover warned that £80 billion of investment in the UK is threatened by the lack of certainty surrounding Brexit and engine-maker Rolls-Royce said it had begun to move some functions from the UK to Germany as part of Brexit contingency plans.

    Airbus CEO Tom Enders returned to the fray on Friday, telling a press conference that the UK government has "no clue, no consensus on how to execute Brexit without severe harm."

    In the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, there was some noise from business but most executives quickly fell quiet. They decided to either deal with the government in private or keep quiet out of some sense of patriotic duty.

    Clearly, the mood has changed.

    The problem is companies need clarity and there is precious little of it. What will the trading rules with Europe be after March 2019? If they can't be sure now, less than a year away, then there's a real risk that trade could cease or production could stop if parts can't be sourced.

    Even if they do get certainty on future trading arrangements, it may come too late and not leave enough time to put in place the new systems needed. This is a particular problem for manufacturers, many of whom source parts form overseas before selling the final products in other foreign markets.

    Executives have a duty to investors to guard against these risks. Shares in Tata Motors, the owner of Jaguar Land Rover, fell to a 5-year low this week after its subsidiary warned that a hard Brexit could cost it £1.2 billion in profit. It's no wonder CEOs are talking about executing contingency plans and moving jobs.

    The government has dismissed this rising cacophony as unhelpful meddling. In fact, business leaders are giving the government one last chance. Rather than simply moving jobs, they are pleading with the government to give them what they need to avoid that outcome.

    It looks likely they will be disappointed. The cabinet retreated to Chequers on Friday to try to thrash out a Brexit deal proposal but Theresa May is in open conflict with her ministers. The Prime Minister faces an uphill battle to get her chosen vision of a "soft Brexit" backed by her cabinet. Businesses have already rejected the alternative being pushed by Brexiteers like Boris Johnson. It's perhaps unsurprising given that the Foreign Secretary allegedly said "f*** business" when asked about industry concerns by an EU official at a party.

    Expect to see more CEOs speaking out and moving jobs in the coming weeks.

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    Rolls Royce

    • British jet engine giant Rolls-Royce has joined the race to build a flying taxi.
    • It wants to design a vehicle that can travel at 250 mph and be ready to take to the skies next decade.
    • Airbus and Uber are among the other firms planning to get into the flying taxi game.

    British jet engine maker Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi and is starting a search for partners to help develop a project it hopes could take to the skies as soon as early next decade.

    Rolls-Royce said on Sunday it had drawn up plans for an electric vertical take-off and landing (EV TOL) vehicle, or flying taxi, which could carry four to five people at speeds of up to 250 mph for approximately 500 miles.

    The company, which makes engines for planes, helicopters, and ships, joins a variety of companies racing to develop flying taxis, which could revolutionize the way people travel.

    Long the stuff of science fiction and futuristic cartoons such as "The Jetsons," aviation and technology leaders are working to make electric-powered flying taxis a reality, including Airbus, US ride-sharing firm Uber, and a range of start-ups including one backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, called Kitty Hawk.

    Rolls-Royce's design will be showcased in digital form at the Farnborough Airshow, which starts on Monday. The company is looking for an airframer and a partner to provide aspects of the electrical system to help commercialize the project.

    Rolls-Royce said in a statement it was well-placed to play a leading role in the "personal air mobility" market.

    "The initial concept vehicle uses gas turbine technology to generate electricity to power six electric propulsors specially designed to have a low noise profile," the company said, adding the design used its existing M250 gas turbine.

    Rolls's design would not require re-charging because the battery is charged by the gas turbine, it said, adding it could use existing infrastructure such as heliports and airports.

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