Rolls-Royce 103EX Autonomous EV Study Returns Home For The First Time Since 2016

Rolls-Royce’s radical 103EX concept car, also known as the Vision Next 100, has finally returned to the company’s home in Goodwood, England.

Unveiled in 2016 to mark parent company BMW’s 100th anniversary, the 103EX electric vehicle study has toured the world ever since. The Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood is the latest stop on a world tour that lasted more than three years.

Following its official unveiling at London’s Roundhouse in 2016, the concept was briefly displayed at Goodwood before embarking on a global adventure that included appearances at customer and media events across the world.

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The 103EX arrived at Rolls’ HQ in its own bespoke transporter, accompanied by the specialist Experimental Vehicle Team who have maintained and prepared the EV concept throughout its long travels.

The concept is a technological tour-de-force, featuring a fully electric drive train, completely autonomous drive, and enhanced artificial intelligence. According to the company, it embodies the brand’s “uncompromised view of the future of luxury mobility”.

“We are delighted to welcome 103EX home to Goodwood. After almost four years on international duties, we felt it was time for the experimental model to return home. It is a chance for those who worked on the project to relive some great memories, and for people who have joined us more recently to discover one of the most important cars we have ever built,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Featuring a hand-built chassis made by advanced materials, the 103EX is Rolls-Royce’s first fully autonomous electric vehicle. There is no steering wheel in the cabin, as driving duties are taken over by “Eleanor,” a virtual assistant and chauffeur that interacts with the passengers – and you can check it out in Supercar Blondie‘s in-depth video presentation right below.

 

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  • ME

    Disgusting and doesn’t look anything like a proper RR.

    • Matt

      Well that really depends on what decades of Rolls Royce’s you are inferring. Prior to the 1950’s, Rolls Royce designs were actually very similar to this in the way they had seperate front wheel flarings. You think the Rolls Royce designers don’t know what one looks like?

      • ME

        Early models were designed no be proportionate and not tacky. This model looks way too ghetto with the gaudy shinny over exaggerated chrome wheels; the negative space under the headlamps, etc.

        • Finkployd

          … the electronic red carpet ?

        • exeptor

          Well, we live in a ghetto age, so nothing exceptional here ?. But you are right – it is too tacky despite having some interesting ideas. Personally I like the overal idea at the front.

  • TheBelltower

    I’m all for automakers who attempt to totally rethink what transportation could be.

  • Enter Ranting

    Why do they put the umbrella in the door? By the time you open the door and reach around to get it, you’d already be getting wet?

    • Matt

      Not if you had a driver to get the umbrella for you…

      • Enter Ranting

        The driver still has to open your door, reach in and pop out the umbrella, then open it. If the umbrella was stored inside the car, it could be deployed as soon as the door was opened. This is a problem I will never have.

      • Finkployd

        Well it’s an autonomous car so the umbrella will be taken out of its heated compartment by your own means

        • Matt

          Too true… I guess I must have been meaning in general terms as current and previous Rolls Royce’s have this feature. Maybe they can come up with a new type of umbrella using nano particles or something that just appears like a hologram for 2035.

    • Finkployd

      Same thing when you come back to your car and need put it back in; can you imagine? What a gag.
      And fold it properly otherwise it won’t fit

  • fgclolz

    I guess they don’t have hills and speed bumps over there.

  • xrnzaaas

    Its rightful place is the scrapyard.

  • Dredd2

    i have to vomit

  • rover10

    Concepts are okay as long as they are meant to be a bit tongue in cheek. The moment designers suggest they have legs, is time to take a reality pill. In essence, this design asks the questions, but in truth, it’s a bit silly.

  • HawkeyeVG

    This is probably the ugliest car I have seen in a long time, I would say it’s worse than a Mitsuoka Orochi concept! Have their designers walk the plank!

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