• Jan 6, 2011
Rolls-Royce Apparition concept by Jeremy Westerlund – Click above for high-res image gallery

To say that we see a lot of student car designs here at Autoblog would be a gross understatement. We see hundreds of 'em. Some are more interesting than others, but every once in a while, a design comes across our desks that takes our impression of what a car can look like and completely turns it on its head. This is one such example.

Dreamt up by one Jeremy Westerlund while studying at the Art Center school of design, the Rolls-Royce Apparition is a rolling trompe-l'œil that at once both reaches back into the automaker's history and extends into the future.

The design is based around the old motor carriages that had a chauffeur sitting up front, exposed to the elements, with the passengers coddled inside. Like most contemporary Rolls models, the front is utterly dominated by the prominent grille and hood ornament. It features unique touches like real mahogany inserts in the wheels, and the imposing overall shape is long and low: the designer took his cues from sailing yachts, and even though the model is built to 1:4 scale, it's still nearly six feet long. If such an extreme example of fantasy ever became reality, it would measure 279 inches overall – that's over 23 feet, or about four feet longer than the Phantom. See if you can wrap your head around it in our extensive high-resolution image gallery below.



[Source: Jeremy Westerlund]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      ugliest thing i've ever seen
      • 4 Years Ago
      As aerodynamic as a brick
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hideous, in my opinion, for my tastes, but this student has a promising future I'm sure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Apparition, right...looks like something that scared the crap out of me when waking from a nightmare. BTW, maybe Shaq can buy that d1ckbag LeBaron one....
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's utterly fantastic. the use of materials in new ways is wonderful, ie the wooden wheel inserts. The look of the car is luxury x a gazillion. The ONLY tiniest detail I would have changed is the leading edge of the hood. In profile, the hood seems to not only stay level, but actually increase a degree or two leading to the grille. I would have done the opposite, ie, the hood would have dropped ever so slightly leading to the 'Parthenon" grille. The ancient Greeks understood that for lines to appear straight from a distance, they had to be slightly bowed. The hood has the slightest uncomfortable feeling of being too "straight" to me. But it's the tiniest criticism. The car is utterly fantastic as I started out this comment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Totally impractical for the driver but a totally cool concept that pushes the envelope of what a car is supposed to be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I misread the tile as Rolls-Royce Abomination concept...
      • 4 Years Ago
      wtf it looks like a coffin with wheels what a creepy concept, no wonder they named it apparition.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There have been many amazing Rollers over the years, but nothing ever like this. It demands to be built. It's simply stunning.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think Maybach should try something like that for their next car, since they need something outside the box to get some brand recognition other then Rick Ross.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stunning, not sure is good or bad, just stunning.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One word: Wow
        • 4 Years Ago
        indeed, looks awesome
        • 4 Years Ago
        Three words:

        Rolls Royce Abomination
        • 4 Years Ago
        As weird as it is, you have to give it to the designer, an exposed driver? mahogany in the wheels? so Rolls Royce-ish... great stuff...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Four words:

        Kill it with fire.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *Great* concept

        The total lack of practicality is fantastic, so I can't see it going into production, but With the exposed driver, this is (literally) out of the box thinking. The biggest question is passengers - how do they get in, and what sort of accomodation would they have?



        • 4 Years Ago
        It makes my head hurt so much! Rolls Royce needs to hire this designer immediately!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously, wow. This has got to be one of the all time greatest concepts. I saw the picture, and I my brain jumped into another dimension where no rules existed.

        This is a true concept vehicle. Familiar enough to be understood. Whacky enough to make your head spin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is my next Miata.
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