rolls-royce redressed in transatlantic pure carbon fibre
 

rolls-royce redressed in transatlantic pure carbon fibre

 

european design house bengala automotive and US-based vitesse audessus have announced the launch of a bespoke carbon fibre program for current rolls-royce models. the program offers carbon fibre options for the rolls-royce ‘phantom’, ‘phantom coupé’, ‘phantom drophead coupé’, ‘wraith’, ‘dawn’, and ‘ghost’. the featured material is a compressed carbon matrix that is similar to the forged carbon fibre technology developed by lamborghini and callaway. the use of this material as an aesthetic offering is a first in the automotive industry.

rolls royce bengala vitesse audessus carbon fibre designboom
the super strength carbon fibre receives it’s first ever use

 

 

 

‘forged carbon fibre is an extraordinary development for the automotive industry. to the casual observer the material serves a purely utilitarian purpose. as a designer I was inspired by the mosaic-like motifs and felt that the aesthetic could be elevated. I visualised a material with the look of honed granite that would communicate the antithesis of the current perception: luxury as opposed to ascetic utilitarianism. the product that vitesse audessus was able to develop exceeded my highest expectations; and, when thinking of the appropriate application for the material’s debut as a luxury finish, no pairing was better suited than the handmade rolling masterpieces by rolls-royce’, says bengala owner and design chief shoghi saeidnia.

rolls royce bengala vitesse audessus carbon fibre designboom
the veneers are applied in a bespoke fashion

 

 

 

the program also offers another industry first — forged carbon fibre wheels. lighter and denser than titanium, forged, carbon fibre wheels offer a clear engineering advantage over their metal alloy counterparts. forged wheels are also a marked improvement in manufacturing lead-time compared to traditional carbon fibre layup. the availability of fast-curing resins makes it possible to produce a set in minutes, as opposed to days.

rolls royce bengala vitesse audessus carbon fibre designboom
the unmistakeable rolls-royce ghost sat on forged carbon fibre wheels

 

 

 

‘carbon fibre wheels are the clearest and best performance choice as they dramatically lower unsprung weight. the only failing is in the complicated production process and long manufacturing lead-times. forged carbon wheels solve this problem and open the doors to a wide range of future applications’, says vitesse audessus CEO stefany sanchez.

rolls royce bengala vitesse audessus carbon fibre designboom
the wheels are made completely from pure carbon fibre

 

 

 

aside from the forged offering and true to vitesse audessus’s bespoke commitment, every removable body panel is available in bare carbon replacements in the weave, tint and finish specified. for those parts attached to the chassis, the brand offers lightweight veneers. all original features are first removed and then stored away in their original condition.

rolls royce bengala vitesse audessus carbon fibre designboom
the elegant rolls-royce ‘wraith’ features the extra light material on the roof

rolls royce bengala vitesse audessus carbon fibre designboomrolls royce bengala vitesse audessus carbon fibre designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    technology news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    490,142 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample