After making its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza in Villa d’Este, Italy over the weekend, the Rolls-Royce Sweptail could be the most expensive car ever, with early estimates putting the price somewhere in the $13 million USD. The handcrafted vehicle takes inspiration from the traditional coach builds that made Rolls-Royce famous in the 1920s and 1930s. Custom made for a particular buyer, the brand says they wanted to combine aspects from the old coach-style vehicle with modern day technology.
“This individual approached the marque with his own idea of a two-seat Rolls-Royce that he wanted to be created in the here and now,” Rolls-Royce said in a press release. “That motor car is here, now and is christened ‘Sweptail’. In a nod to the swept-tail of certain Rolls-Royces from the 1920s, admired by the client so much, he asked Rolls-Royce to re-imagine this feature on his one-off motor car.”The two-door coupe is the only version of its kind with some very distinct features along with some we’re used to seeing on traditional Rolls-Royce models. The roof of the vehicle dips down into a rounded edge along the rear, a design which the customer chose after asking the brand to emulate what’s usually seen on racing yachts. According to the report, the customer is an enthusiast of racing yachts, and Rolls-Royce wanted to create something that would satisfy all of his needs.
“Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture. It is a Rolls-Royce designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer,” said Director of Design Giles Taylor. “This customer came to the House of Rolls-Royce with an idea, shared in the creative process where we advised him on his cloth, and then we tailored that cloth to him. You might say we cut the cloth for the suit of clothes that he will be judged by.”Take a look at some pictures above and let us know what you think of the unique Rolls-Royce model.
German automobile company Audi has confirmed they will be selling luxury motorcycle brand Ducati for a price of €900 million EUR. With no specific buyer lined up just yet, reports indicate that four potential suitors have stepped up and submitted bids for Ducati’s ownership. The business negotiations have been ongoing since the beginning of the year, but have been kept private for the most part. Reports also indicate that Volkswagen is still in the process of remodeling its business plan after the brand was forced to pay heavy penalties for rigging emission tests in 2015. VW was ultimately forced to pay $4.3 billion USD in penalties and buy back over 500,000 vehicles. The company has since rebounded and posted a profit, but has decided selling Ducati is the best move for the business.
Prior to being purchased by Audi back in 2012 for €860 million EUR ($961 million USD), Ducati was originally owned by private equity firm TPG, changing hands to buyout firm Investindustrial. Be sure to keep an eye out for more developments and, in the meantime, check out more breaking automobile news, like the latest concept model for the BMW 8 Series.
Best known for its ultra-luxury line of cars, Pagani has revealed its intentions to expand into the skies with the announcement of the Airbus x Pagani Infinito Jet Cabin. Taking inspiration from the Airbus ACJ319neo, the aircraft combines spacious and comfortable flying with all the fine amenities one could imagine in an aircraft. Glass walls separate the different sections of the plane, with the option of tinting them for more privacy. Glass also makes up the cabin’s ceiling, creating a sky view for those on board. Drawing from the influence of Pagani’s past with super car design, the aircraft’s interior is constructed with carbon fiber furniture finished with leather, making the airplane lighter without having to sacrifice anything stylistic wise.
“Art and Science can walk together hand in hand: this is the Pagani philosophy. The combination of state-of-the-art composite materials never used before in an aircraft, such as CarboTitanium, with the typical design language of Pagani Automobili, has always represented our signature. Applying our Reinassance touch into the wider spaces of Airbus corporate jet cabins is the beginning of an exciting new venture for us,” said Horacio Pagani, founder & Chief Designer of Pagani Automobili SpA in a written statement.Between the new Airbus x Pagani Infinito Jet Cabin and all of the brand’s super cars, like the well designed Pagani Huarya Roadster, it will be interesting to see what the creative minds from Pagani will come up with next.