Rolls-Royce has shown a once off commissioning model called the Boat Tail which is priced at $28m and in Randelas that’s over R378 506 800 million and its rumoured to also belong to an R&B Couple.
As this is a unique coach built model, with only 3 units built, it means the Boat Tail will highly not park next to another such model ever in its life unless of course its a Jay-Z and Beyonce concert, more on that later. Rolls Royce CEO says “Rolls-Royce Boat Tail challenges the notion of what a motor car is and creates a new definition of what a motor car means. Boat Tail exists far beyond a mere means of transport. It is not just the method to reach a destination, but the destination itself. It is an ambition realised with a remarkable cohort of women and men who empowered the marque to create a concept of extraordinary scope”.
The Boat Tail was designed for 3 clients who said “Show me something that I have never seen before.” and the Boat Tail was conceived. The car is 5.8 meters long and has design details that link it to Coach built boats made for the elite. The wrap-around windscreen recalls the visor on motor launches, while the gentle rearward lean of the A-pillar, the large, crisp volumes at the front and the tapered rear create a gesture that recalls a motor launch rising out of water under power. A progressive negative sculpture in the lower bodyside creates a lithe impression, while making an historical reference to the running boards of prominent heritage Rolls-Royce designs.
Viewed from dead rear, the body resolves in a gentle sharpening of the form. As with the front, a horizontal emphasis is established at the rear with wide, deep-set lamps – a break from the expected vertical Rolls-Royce lamp iconography. Indeed, it is at the rear where the nautical references become more apparent. The aft deck, a modern interpretation of the wooden rear decks of historical Boat Tails, incorporates large swathes of wood. Caleidolegno veneer is applied in a feat of Rolls-Royce engineering; the grey and black material which is typically housed in the interior, has been specially adapted to be used on the exterior, with no compromise to the aesthetic. Deep-set lamps establish a dramatically low reference point, evoking the dipped stern and proud bow of a motor launch under power and on plane. The exterior of Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is swathed in a rich and complex tone of the client’s favourite colour – blue… and that’s your hint there….remember Blue ivy?
The interior leather reflects the bonnet’s colour tone transition with the front seats swathed in the darker blue hue, recognising Boat Tail’s driver focused intent, while the rear seats are finished in the lighter tone. The rear deck inconspicuously houses a highly ambitious concept never seen before in the automotive world. At the press of a button, the deck opens in a sweeping butterfly gesture, to reveal an intricate and generous hosting suite. Its complex movement was inspired by cantilever concepts explored by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava.
There are strong rumours that one the Rolls Royce Boat Tail patrons (hhayi indaba ye customer la) is indeed Jay-Z and Beyonce and one will see soon Beee driving down Sunset Boulevard in one of these with Blue Ivy on the front passenger seat.