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ROLLS-ROYCE UNVEILS EXPERIMENTAL MOTOR CAR
02.03.2004 Press Release
A special model an experimental motor car - the 100EX - designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has been unveiled at the Geneva motor show today.
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has unveiled an experimental motor car - the 100EX - at
the Geneva motor show today. This special model has been designed to celebrate
the 100th anniversary of Rolls-Royce, which falls on May 4th this year. It will
appear at various events throughout 2004 to help mark the centenary.
Based on a lightweight aluminium spaceframe, the 100EX is an open-top,
four-seat, two-door drophead and is the first experimental motor car to be
produced by Rolls-Royce since the launch of the all-new Phantom in January
The exterior design of the motor car plays between large surfaces and fine
detailing, featuring the characteristic dynamic rise in waistline over the rear
wheels and graceful lines that sweep up towards the front. A polished aluminium
waist rail surrounds the passenger compartment, set off against Dark Curzon
paintwork. Coach doors, hinged at the back like the rear doors on the new
Phantom, add to the elegant side profile, while allowing exceptional access to
the rear seat.
At the front, a solid silver Spirit of Ecstasy sits atop a more progressive
version of the Rolls-Royce grille. This blends into the bonnet and windscreen
surround, both of which have been milled from solid blocks of aluminium before
being hand polished.
Bleached teak decking is used on the exterior and interior of the 100EX,
notably on the tonneau cover, in the boot and in place of carpeting in the
passenger cabin. "The overall impression is intended to be of an elegant motor
yacht at speed", said Marek Djordjevic, Chief Stylist, Exterior Design.
The rear of the motor car tapers into a boat-tail style and features the
'countryman' boot, split to give a separate lower tailgate which, when down,
provides a completely flat surface, ideal for picnics or as an elevated
platform with its inlaid fibre matting.
A tailored soft top made from a new advanced material, featuring fine metallic
threads, protects passengers from the elements. Inside, the hood is lined with
the familiar cashmere/wool blend fabric seen in the Phantom. Painstaking design
of the folding mechanism means the hood can be concealed in an extremely small
storage area, keeping intrusion into the luggage and passenger space to a
Figured Mahogany is used for the interior cabinetry, complemented by a special
metallic finish which is used in a swathe across the dashboard and in the finer
detailing. Sculptured seats are finished in rich Dark Curzon leather, with
additional leatherwork in contrasting aniline tan.
Suspension and steering geometry are shared with the new Phantom: double
wishbone front and multi-link rear axles, with air springs, and rack and pinion
steering though it is shorter by 165 mm (6.5 in) and 71 mm (3 in) lower. The
100EX sits upon 21-inch wheels finished in Meteor Silver. Power is supplied by
a 9-litre V16, 64-valve naturally aspirated engine.
Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chairman and CEO,
Tony Gott, said, "It is always exciting to unveil something new at a motor
show, but particularly something as fresh and innovative as the 100EX. In
wanting to mark this very special year we decided that there would be no better
way than to revive the EX motor cars philosophy and produce something unique to
show around the world."
There is no plan to produce the 100EX as a series model.
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Notes to Editors:
1. Experimental manufacture of motor cars and engines has long been a
Rolls-Royce tradition. In 1919 the 1EX was produced, based on a Silver Ghost
chassis. It was the first in a long line of EX cars that spanned almost 40
years, ending with the 45EX in 1958. It was the larger cars, like the Silver
Ghost and the Phantom, which were given the 'EX' denomination while the smaller
experimental models were given the letter 'G', standing for Goshawk. Many
notable EX motor cars were made. These include 15, 16 and 17EX, which were
based on the Phantom chassis and, in 1927, given to coachbuilders Hooper,
Barker and Jarvis, respectively, in a competitive quest to produce a
lightweight Phantom sports model. In 1930 Henry Royce began a project to
develop more powerful engines with even greater refinement. He contemplated
building a 16 cylinder engine, but settled on V12 configuration, as being half
way between a six and 16 cylinder engine which, at the time, he considered the
two ends of the possible spectrum for Rolls-Royce motor car application. Up to
this point the Phantom I and II were powered by straight six cylinder engines.
2. It is with these important cars in mind that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has
created a new 'EX' to represent the pinnacle of engineering and coachbuilding
beauty for the 21st century. It is possible that in the future, as was the case
with the original EX motor cars, elements of the technology featured on the
100EX could be developed for new Rolls-Royce Motor Cars projects.
3. Throughout 2004 there is a full calendar of events in place to mark the
centenary of Rolls-Royce, and the 100EX will appear at many of these as part of
the year-long celebrations.
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