This Widebody Rolls-Royce was Built for Drifting
It looks mean, but Rolls-Royce purists may feel sick to their stomachs
It is a rare sight to see a custom Rolls-Royce, as the cars they produce come from the factory with just about everything that an owner could want from a large luxury car. Vintage Rolls-Royce owners may add some modern features to their cars to keep them useful in today’s world, but overall there is little to change. The owner of this custom Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II decided to go against the grain a bit.
Not happy with how the massive luxury barge sat in its stock state, he made the decision to make this Rolls-Royce into a drift car. A drift car complete with wide fender flares and a hydraulic emergency brake. Now, unlike other motorsports, drifting doesn’t really rely on one specific type of vehicle. You see mostly two-door imports cars, sure, but there are plenty of sedans, wagons, luxury cars, and even pickup trucks that join in the fun. The main requirement is rear-wheel drive.
A long wheelbase, like the one belonging to the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, can be an advantage when drifting, and the weight isn’t an issue as long as the engine can make enough power to get it up to drift speed. In this case, the engine is a 6.75 liter V8 that makes a heap of torque, though the specific numbers for this car are not listed.
So, functionally, it is not a bad idea. But some may find a problem with a handmade British luxury car being chopped up and beat on for the sake of making elegant skid marks on a race course. Every custom Rolls-Royce meets some naysayers, but this one is pretty obviously out to get extra attention, which can really go either way. Some will appreciate the interesting approach, surely.
While I am not a fan of the matte black vinyl wrap covering this behemoth track toy, the whole build is very well done. The interior is really a thing to see. With diamonds stitched into the red leather seats and other interior pieces, it does sort of scream luxury. It almost reminds me of the interior of a lowrider.
It can also ride pretty low, with air suspension allowing this custom Rolls-Royce to lift and lower itself at the flip of a switch. The suspension is not the only thing modified to help this car handle itself on the track. A robust hydraulic e-brake system was installed and the lever, now more than capable of locking up the rear wheels, is a work of art in of itself. It is made of aluminum and features the silhouette of the Rolls-Royce marque.
So will everyone love this car? No. Will most people? Probably not. But the point of making a fun custom car isn’t to make everyone happy. There really doesn’t need to be a reason at all. It can be done, so why not? If it’s bad idea, don’t do it twice. But this Rolls is a great example of what can come of thinking outside the box.