Back from the future! The Rolls-Royce 2035

  • The Rolls-Royce Vision 103EX is less a blast from the past, and more a vision of the future
  • It has loads of futuristic features geared towards luxury and comfort
  • Despite looking forwards, the car retains the classic feel of a Rolls-Royce

Published on Jun 13, 2024 at 5:43 PM (UTC+4)
by Ben Thompson

Last updated on Jun 15, 2024 at 2:38 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Some cars may be designed with the current-day driver in mind, but the Rolls-Royce Vision 103EX is definitely made with an eye on the future. This incredible concept car was built by the British luxury car manufacturer back in 2019, and in this video, Alex examined some of its features. That includes an automatic luggage system, the sort of opulent interior you’d expect from any Rolls-Royce, and even an umbrella holster.

Despite being made for 2035, the Vision 103EX provides a luxury experience that is timeless and classic. Cross The Great Gatsby with Blade Runner and you’ll be somewhere on the right track.  

Video transcript:

Can you believe this guys? Look at this beauty. What’s up? Supercar Blondie here at the home of Rolls-Royce. I’ve literally flown in for three hours to the UK today to show you this incredible car.

So Rolls-Royce, massive thank you to you guys for setting this up. This is really quite, it’s ruining my shot. What we’re doing here today is actually really, really special.

They have probably for the first time in years brought this car, especially for the Supercar Blondie channel today, so please make sure to subscribe to the channel, click that bell and you’ll be one of the first to watch the videos as soon as they drop. Okay, let’s get straight to it. I want to show you this.

This is the Rolls-Royce of the future. You guys, this car was built for 2035. Take a look at this.

This is how the wheel moves to turn the car and this is partially closed off for better aerodynamics. Guys, just look, we’ll talk about this as we go around, but I just want to show you the major details first. Take a look at this.

What happens here? Here are the initials of the Rolls-Royce founders, Rolls and Royce. So the luggage is delivered to you because Rolls-Royce is all about the ultimate luxury. So instead of in the future having to dive into the trunk and pull out the luggage, it’s delivered to you on the side of the car at hand height, easy, unless you’re 7 foot tall.

You pull that out. Well, the bellboy pulls it out, right? And off you go. And they deliver that discreetly to the hotel room.

And look at this, you guys, the thought of everything, the Rolls-Royce badge here is also weighted. Look, just as the wheels are on the car. That’s pretty cool.

All right. Now, for probably the coolest moment, we’re going to see how the car opens. Oh, wait, let me put this luggage back, shall I? Oh, no, I won’t.

I’ll leave it out. Okay, let’s take a look at how the car opens. Check this out.

And a lounge chair, a silk lounge chair is revealed. And this is the cool thing, you guys. Look, you can be fully standing getting into the car, getting in and out.

Because, of course, you don’t want to duck, right? Like, that’s just uncomfortable, ducking into a car. So they thought, well, let’s just make the car open high enough so that you can just get in standing and then sit down on the silk couch. This is silk.

And then this is hand-woven wall carpet, so thick and soft. And then this wood here is Makassar wood. This is a dark wood.

And look how the wood is just completely straight, these lines. So to get massive wooden panels like that is really hard to do in this wall. So that’s really special.

As you might have noticed, there is no steering wheel. They are going towards an autonomous future. What is quite interesting is when you think about Rolls-Royce, you could say that they’ve kind of been autonomous from the very beginning.

Because Rolls-Royce traditionally was a driverless car, as in you would be chauffeured by someone else. When you bought a Rolls-Royce, you would literally be in the back, lounging around, enjoying the drive, and having someone else chauffeur you. So in a way, it’s kind of the same concept, but bringing it into a different future.

It’s fully autonomous. There is no driver. And it is fully electric as well.

There are a few things here that consistently run through Rolls-Royce and Rolls-Royce cars, and they didn’t want to completely get rid of them in future. And one of them is the analog clock here. But it’s kind of updated, as you can see.

There are cool little lights here. That shows the hour, and then the minutes hand here, as it goes around. But still, analog clock.

And also, take a look at this. Boom. You’ve got yourself a Rolls-Royce umbrella.

In all Rolls-Royces, you will find these beautifully branded Rolls-Royce umbrellas, and they go here on the side of the door. There are two here. There’s only one door that opens, so you’ve got both umbrellas on this door, because that one over there doesn’t open.

At night, unfortunately, we cannot see it at the moment, because we happen to be in England on the only sunny day of the year, so we can’t see this particular projection. There is a light here that projects onto the ground. This light all the way down here, so it looks like a red carpet.

Never seen that before. The ultimate luxury experience. Every time you get into your car, you’re walking on a red carpet to get in.

This is special too. So you see the badge Rolls-Royce is in red on this car. And that is because all of their experimental cars get this red badge.

Normally on a Rolls-Royce, they’re silver and black, mainly. But this car is actually called the Rolls-Royce 103EX. 103 standing for this is the 103rd experimental car from Rolls-Royce.

An EX, experimental. Let’s have a look at the overall form of the car, the design. It looks like a yacht.

They’re owning that. It’s kind of like a catamaran. You can see this massive wheel arch here.

And then this goes all the way through here. This is for two reasons. One, better aerodynamics.

So they’re thinking in the future, this car is fully autonomous. Going down the road, probably once all cars are autonomous, maybe driving 300km an hour, just running with the traffic. So they made the car really aerodynamic.

They were focusing on that. Beautiful. Oh, hi.

Looks like I’m not doing anything tonight. So this is Eleanor. She is your AI, your artificial intelligence bot or person.

If you’re stuck in traffic, then Eleanor will actually call ahead to wherever you’re going and say, listen, she’s going to be five minutes late. The most exciting bit, we’re going to go for a drive. Let’s just pack her up.

We’ve got this luggage here. Put this away. A tour around the Rolls-Royce Vision.

Now we are getting into the new Phantom and we’re going to head back to Switzerland. A massive thank you to the team who are kind of behind the camera there. Or not.

We’ll see you guys next time. Thanks. Thanks, Rolls-Royce.

You’ve been awesome. Here we are. This is the new Phantom.

I’ve got another whole video coming out on my YouTube channel on this car. I drove it for a few days in Frankfurt. But at the moment, we’re getting very kindly shown…He’s telling me to leave.

Leave already. You’ve been here for three hours. It’s long enough.

Nice to meet you. Starlight ceiling. You can get these stars in any formation that you want to.

So now we’re flying to Switzerland in a beautiful little private jet. Look, guys. I had three hours to film this car onto the next shoot.

So we had to fly in quickly, fly back out again straight away. All right, guys. Like the video.

Give us a quick thumbs up. Subscribe to the Supercar Blondie family if you haven’t already. Love you guys so, so much.

Thank you so much for watching. I really appreciate every single one of you. Massive thank you to Rolls-Royce for having me here today.

Oh, look. The Phantom’s just pulling up. That is a way to travel, you guys.

Wow. Chauffeur in the new Phantom straight onto the runway. Private jet back to Switzerland.

Wow. Pinched me. Amazing.

Let’s go. Seatbelts. I think I’m fast.



Ben Thompson

Ben got his start in journalism at Kennedy News and Media, writing stories for national newspapers, websites and magazines. Now working as a freelancer, he divides his time between teaching at News Associates and writing for news sites on all subjects.