BMW's Revolutionary CFRP to Be Used in Future Rolls-Royce Cars

Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom 1 photo
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It's been on everybody's mind ever since Bentley announced that they will be entering the SUV segment: how will Rolls-Royce respond? Now, the media is filled with suppositions and statements about an upcoming Rolls SUV.
According to Edmunds, officials of the British company are currently mulling over the idea of an SUV that would appeal mostly to the billionaires rather than 'just' millionaires. They also claim that one of their sources said that new models might 'borrow' Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer technology from the parent company, BMW.

As you might already know, CFRP was developed by the Germans for their brand new, revolutionary i3, to make everything lighter and stronger at the same time, whilst keeping production costs in check.

However, until a decision is reached, some milestones have to be conquered. Such problems include the fact that Roll-Royce was never deemed as being neither 'sporty' or an 'utility' vehicle, two of the main attributes of an SUV. Actually, the urban character might also be rather questionable.

That's one thing. Another is the design of the new vehicle. Over the years, following in the Phantom's footsteps, all Rolls-Royce vehicles had that huge grille at the front, as a sign of opulence and wealth. Incorporating such a feature in the design of a possible SUV will surely be an interesting task.

As for us, we'd love to see a Rolls-Royce SUV take on the Bentley competitor, after all, it's part of the same brand. Seeing CFRP used in the process will make it even more interesting and hopefully, this project will see the light of day.
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