There's any number of applications in which you might expect to find carbon fiber on an automobile, but a Rolls-Royce is not one of them. That could change in the near future, however, as the super-luxe auto marque is reportedly looking into using the lightweight material on a range of special models.

The idea, according to Edmunds, would be to rebody certain models in carbon fiber as a sort of in-house coachbuilding operation for discerning customers looking for something a little different from what the neighbors in the next mansion or ivory tower over have in their gold-paved driveway. While the carbon-fiber bodywork might help shave off some of the weight from a range of cars that tip the scales at 5,500 pounds or more, the principal notion here is exclusivity.

The business case for these bespoke automobiles apparently stems out of two developments. For one, the vast majority – over 90 percent – of Rolls-Royce customers opt for some manner of customization or another. For another, parent company BMW has been working hard to reduce the cost of carbon-fiber production in particular for the new i3, and that expertise could turn these premium-priced creations a greater cash cow for Rolls-Royce than the development of a sport-utility vehicle ever could.


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      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      Carbon fiber is going to make the car lighter, and being lighter, would make you feel the bump when running over someone from the 99%. Need more solid dense wood, solid brass interior framing, unsplit leather, super dense cashmere paddings and high density plate glass.
      alfredschrader
      • 1 Year Ago
      The beauty of Carbon Fibre is it doesn't rust, but it is still plastic. If you are going to pay 100 times too much for a car, you probably want it made from stainless steel with gold plated trim. What really matters in a luxury car is the interior of which I am a master trimmer with 30 years of experience. Anything can be made nice but with a Rolls you end up with a vehicle twice as heavy as it needs to be, that is a liability to park it anywhere, and guzzles fuel to the point of turning the Earth into a Global Warming oven.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they figured out how to keep the carbon fiber from yellowing. GM has a very expensive special clear coat to do just that on their ZR1s.
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          icemilkcoffee
          • 1 Year Ago
          Porsche for one seems to regard carbon fiber yellowing (on the Carrera GT no less) as normal. You can see their owners complaining on Rennlist.
          Bobby_Sards
          • 1 Year Ago
          Porsche never regarded it as normal. It is simply because some kind of lacquer was damaged and left in the sun. Porsche simply refused to do anything about it.
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      lthrnck68
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't afford them anyway, so why care?
      ShiftItManual
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm surprised they are just now doing this.
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      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rubbish!
      Hek!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm, Rolls-Royce would probably find a way to make CF heavier than steel.
      sonny
      • 1 Year Ago
      Graphene would solve their carbon problem ...if they have one...
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      The weight of a Rolls Royce or any luxury car is what gives it that solidarity, and subdued ride comfort. But if they use more Carbon Fibre then they can cram in more luxury without getting heavier I suppose.
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