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Wealthy Saudi Arabian Rents Entire Mall to Shop in Aston Martin

Wealthy Saudi Arabian Rents Entire Mall to Shop in Aston Martin

Real or Fake News!?

Recently, a security guard that works for a mall in Saudi Arabia made a video showing an Aston Martin driving inside the building. During the video, the guard mentions that he’s heard the mall has been rented out. So, speculation begins – did somebody rent the entire mall to shop in their Aston Martin? Maybe yes? Maybe no? Could it simply be a movie set taking place in the mall? Nobody truly knows, at least in the news spectrum. But, surely, the real story will arrive at some point. Until then, let’s enjoy this bizarre and rare scenario!

Driving an Aston Martin in a Shopping Mall

”I am a security guard at Al Qasr Mall and they’re saying someone rented out the entire place. Look, he’s even cruising here in his car. Looks like he’s super rich. May God grant us the same” – Security Guard at Al Qasr Mall

So, someone may have truly rented an entire mall to drive their Aston Martin inside while shopping. So, you may be wondering, where could this take place? Well, sources state that it was at the Al Qasr Mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. For those that don’t know, Riyadh is the capital and most populous city of the country. So, there are plenty of wealthy businessman in the region. Hence, this probably isn’t a complete shock to this part of the world. This city is like the Dubai of Saudi Arabia, but were not here to debate or compare.

How Much Would It Cost to Rent an Entire Mall?

Al Qasr Mall - Interior - Riyadh in Saudi Arabia - Dar Al Arkan - EuroDrift

Al Qasr Mall – Interior – Riyadh in Saudi Arabia – Dar Al Arkan – EuroDrift

So, now for the real question – how much would it cost to rent an entire mall? Well, this is not easily found on Google like most estimates. But, why not take a jab at it? The guess is that this would cost anywhere from as little as $10,000 up to $50,000. To restrict access to tons of customers, this person must’ve been filling a blank check. This leads to even more questions – What? Why? How? When? Well… at least there’s an Aston Martin in the picture. But, either way, it is quite the story. Maybe there will be an actual answer someday. Until then, let’s speculate and see who wins the guessing game!

Al Qasr Mall - Exterior Corner - Riyadh in Saudi Arabia - Dar Al Arkan - EuroDrift

Al Qasr Mall – Exterior Corner – Riyadh in Saudi Arabia – Dar Al Arkan – EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E: The 1st Fully Electric Aston

Aston Martin Rapide E: The 1st Fully Electric Aston

The Aston Martin Rapide E is Fully Electric!

For Aston’s 1st all-electric model, the company chose the Rapide. Hence, the birth of the Aston Martin Rapide E came to be. This fully electric vehicle is a beast, regardless of not including the typical V12. The company engineered the Rapide E with an 800-volt battery system. So, it definitely does not lack in capabilities. And, to make it even more stunning, the company enhanced the exterior with optimal styling and newly designed aluminum wheels. Furthermore, this Aston includes all three driving modes: Agile, Controlled, and Beautiful Balanced Drive. So, even though the V12 spirit may be missing, it still drives the same! (At least, theoretically!)

Aston Martin Rapide E - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

800-Volt Battery System & Electric Motors

Aston Martin Rapide E - Powertrain Diagram - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E – Powertrain Diagram – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The AM Rapide E sports an 800-volt battery setup with two electric motors at the rear. Firstly, the 800-volt battery system boasts carbon fiber and Kevlar casing. Furthermore, it has a 65-kWh capacity. And, where there used to be a V12, there’s now over 5600 lithium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells in a bespoke battery pack. Now, as per the electric motors, there are two rear units. Combined, these offer a beastly 604 horsepower and 701 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the Rapide E to reach 155 mph top speed.

Aston Martin Rapide E - Charging Battery - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E – Charging Battery – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Electric Future is Coming!

Aston Martin Rapide E: Goodbye V12, Hello EV | Carfection 4K – Carfection – YouTube

With Aston Martin joining the fully electric realm, the auto industry moves even closer to an EV future. Beforehand, many companies already have vehicles planned for the next decade, changing the car world forever. These companies include Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and more. But, the AM Rapide E is an absolutely amazing EV. Although the roar of the V12 may be missed, the car will have the same sports car spirit. And, the electric motors produce a ton of torque, way more than the V12 was going to provide. Overall, the Rapide E is Aston’s entry into the electric car realm.

Aston Martin Rapide E - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Rapide E – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Who Invented the Traffic Cone?

Who Invented the Traffic Cone?

Simple Design Increases Traffic Safety

In the early 1940s, Charles D. Scanlon invented the traffic cone that is known worldwide today. He was a painter for the Street Painting Dept. in Los Angeles when the idea arose. This idea probably came about due to the lack of safety while painting in the street. Surely, many accidents happened prior to this invention. Surprisingly, the first traffic cones were actually used in the UK in 1958 for the M6 motorway.

Now, traffic cones are widely used by companies and people worldwide. But, the actual patent for the traffic cone was approved in 1943. So, it took nearly 15 years before the UK willingly put the cones to use on the M6. This year, it’s been almost 60 years of traffic cone safety! And, to make it even better, cars are safer than ever! This is due to the newest tech in the auto industry such as fully autonomous EVs.

Traffic Cones Widely Used for Traffic Management

In modern times, the traffic cone is widely used for traffic management. By placing cones on the road, cars become aware of the upcoming hazards or dangers. Furthermore, cones redirect traffic around construction zones and other obstacles. Sometimes, traffic cones are in use in neighborhoods to warn of children at play. So, if a cone is in the street, always be sure to figure the situation and drive accordingly. Usually, a cone signals that the driver should use extreme caution ahead.

Not surprisingly, nowadays, the US Federal Highway Administration requires traffic cones while working on roadways. This is clearly written in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

The Traffic Cone Defines Safety on the Roadway

Road Cone Placing Machine Is Safer And More Efficient – Tech Insider – YouTube

Overall, the traffic cone defines safety on the roadway in the roadwork industry. From rerouting traffic to preventing accidents, traffic cones are an amazing invention. Sometimes, it’s important to take a look at the little things – the ones taken for granted. The traffic cone is a perfect example of one of these items. Without it, who knows how many people would’ve died working on roadways? Charles D. Scanlon’s idea has probably saved many lives since it came to be in existence. And, now with autonomous vehicles, safety shall only get better! In conclusion, let’s tip a hat to Mr. Scanlon on his highly protective invention.

Audi AI:ME – An Autono-Pod Concept Vehicle

Audi AI:ME – An Autono-Pod Concept Vehicle

A Fully Autonomous EV Concept by Audi

As with the recent trend, Audi is continuing its path towards the fully autonomous EV future of the auto industry. For the current ongoing Shanghai Auto Show, the Audi AI:ME made its debut to the public. Specifically, this car is targeting “megacities” where large populations live in vast cities with high traffic. Being fully autonomous, electric, and customizable, this car is pretty cool. But, no one will technically own one of these cars. The goal for Audi is to market these vehicles as shareable and short-term rentable. In reality, not only will less vehicles on the road benefit city traffic, it’d probably keep a lot more money in people’s pockets. Parking garages in major cities in the U.S. can easily charge a few hundred dollars to park monthly.

Audi AI:ME - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

168-Horsepower Electric Motor with 65 kWh Battery

Audi AI:ME - Dashboard - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Audi AI:ME will sport a 168-horsepower electric motor. This will work in conjunction with a 65-kWh battery. Not surprisingly, this is the same as the Volkswagen I.D. that will be releasing as well. And, to the disappointment of possibly many, this car is built to travel between 12 and 47 mph. Yep… that was read correctly. This is because most major cities are so dense with traffic, that these speeds aren’t far off anyway. Heading on a road trip won’t be optimal in this car but getting around a “megacity” shouldn’t be a problem.

Why not kick up your feet and take a ride? It sounds a lot better than sitting in the driver seat doing absolutely nothing anyway but waiting. Most people in busy areas know how it is… gas, pedal, gas, pedal, gas, PEDAL! Why’d that guy slam the brakes! Jeez!

Audi AI:ME - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Commuting in a Relaxing Environment

Audi AI:ME – could this car spawn an all-new A2 EV? – carwow – YouTube

As with most fully autonomous vehicles, the steering wheel and pedals aren’t necessary to get around. So, to no surprise, the Audi AI:ME’s steering wheel and pedals retract away for additional space. To top it off, a picnic type table pops out for use during the journey. Depending on the passengers preferences, the lighting and seat config can be altered for max comfort. This includes power retraction of the rear seats. Furthermore, this car has active dampers for a comfortable ride.

As per the final notable attribute, this car has a body of aluminum, plastic, and steel. Yes, plastic! As long as its safe, this car will be awesome for the city people.

Audi AI:ME - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Tesla Explodes in Shanghai Parking Garage Next to an Audi

Tesla Explodes in Shanghai Parking Garage Next to an Audi

Tesla Explosion Damages Audi in Shanghai Parking Garage

Recently, in a parking garage in Shanghai, China, a Tesla Model S randomly exploded unexpectedly. Although Tesla seriously believes these EVs explode less than typical cars, it does happen. Moreover, it tends to happen on camera more often than not. But that isn’t a red flag that the car isn’t reliable. Tesla builds great quality vehicles of the future, now. As with any car, problems are something that happen to almost everyone at some point. But, truthfully, not everyone has a Tesla that randomly explodes while in a parking garage. To no surprise, this is not too far from where Tesla is building the Gigafactory 3. So, that leaves some people wondering… but that’s not of interest here.

Ah! The Poor Audi! Why!? How Could This Happen!?

Audi & Tesla in Parking Garage - During Tesla Model S Explosion - CNBC - EuroDrift

Audi & Tesla in Parking Garage – During Tesla Model S Explosion – CNBC – EuroDrift

After watching the video, some may feel sorry for the Tesla – but what about the Audi? And the parking garage? From the video, it seems the explosion leads to fire damage on the Audi next to it. Furthermore, the video doesn’t show what happens to the garage itself. Typically, fire damage can be critical on any structure, regardless of material. So, on top of a totaled Tesla, there’s a damaged Audi and parking garage. And, this doesn’t even show any other cars that may have been affected by this explosion. Hopefully, the Tesla owner has insurance, because they’re probably going to need it! Overall, EVs are actually quite safe, so don’t let this deter the consideration to buy one.

Is Parking Next to a Tesla Safe? Yes.

Tesla to investigate apparent Model S explosion in China – CNBC Television – YouTube

In the end, this scenario may leave some people wondering, “is parking next to a Tesla safe?”. Well, yes it is. Why? Because most Tesla models don’t explode, and that’s a fact. Take a look around, there’s Tesla models cruising every major city worldwide. So, it is quite reliable. Unfortunately for the Audi owner, their car was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And, that can happen to anyone. So, parking next to a Tesla isn’t a bad idea… just make sure to have insurance! Just kidding, but insurance is required by law anyway. And, to really think about it, the car wasn’t even active on the road – it was in a parking garage with nobody inside. Overall, this is most likely just a miscellaneous outlier in data rather than a serious issue, so don’t be afraid of EVs!

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept: Targeting the Tesla Model X

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept: Targeting the Tesla Model X

The European Market Targets Tesla

Throughout the years, many manufacturers thought Tesla wouldn’t catch on – but they were wrong! Now, Tesla is a powerful automotive company. But, the times have changed and other manufacturers are going electric. This now includes Volkswagen. Recently, VW revealed a new concept vehicle that is targeting the Tesla Model X. The Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept is a full-size crossover EV that is fully autonomous. Currently, VW expects to sell this vehicle in the Chinese auto market in 2021. Hopefully, the car will have a cooler name than it does now.

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept - Side with Doors Open - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept – Side with Doors Open – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

What? AppleSkin Interior? Is That a Joke? Nope!

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

One of the most unique features of the Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept is the apple skin interior. Yes, you read that correctly. The ID Roomzz has upholstery made from apple waste that is produced during the apple juice making process. All of the lounge style seats within the vehicle wear VW‘s new AppleSkin material. To complement this material, the seats can rotate up to 25 degrees and fully recline for relaxation. Obviously, this is a mandatory feature in autonomous vehicles. While driving a vehicle manually is an amazing experience, imagine kicking up your feet in rush hour traffic while watch some TV or a movie. Sounds good!

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept - Reclining Rear Seating - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept – Reclining Rear Seating – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

VW is Pushing Hard for an EV Future

Volkswagen Press Conference at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show – The Wheel Network – YouTube

During the most recent reveal, VW made it clear that their vehicles will follow the EV future. Obviously, as seen in this article, is the Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept. But, prior to that, VW will release an all-electric ID hatchback and a compact crossover in 2020. And, after that, there will be a dune buggy, EV sedan, and the microbus. So, that is proof that VW sees electrical powertrains as the future.

Although, as with all vehicles, mileage is a concern. The ID Roomzz expects a range of 280 miles. While this is almost equivalent to a full tank of gas, vehicles will begin to surpass 300+ miles in the near future. By that, within the next few years. So, VW should aim for a slightly higher mileage, or at least make that motion on future models. Overall, the ID Roomzz is a pretty cool concept vehicle.

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two Hypercar: A 412 MPH Grand Tourer

Rimac C_Two Hypercar: A 412 MPH Grand Tourer

Rimac’s Beastly GT Hypercar

In recent years, hypercars are the hype of the auto industry. Hence, quite a few manufacturers are working to own this sector, including Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and McLaren. But, only one car will stand out on top. Rimac wasn’t going to miss out on this opportunity – and they didn’t! The Rimac C_Two hypercar is a purely electric grand tourer (GT). Designed for both road trips and track, this car is actually quite the tech beast. With a carbon fiber monocoque with a bonded carbon roof, this car’s basis is racing. But, with tech features such as AI-enabled ADAS, this car can handle daily cruising around town.

Rimac C_Two - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

4 Electric Motors with 1,914 Horsepower

Rimac C_Two - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

As the saying goes, “under the hood”, the Rimac C_Two hypercar sports 4 electric motors. Each motor is individually powering one of the 4 wheels. So, basically, each wheel has its own motor, leading to four-wheel drive. Furthermore, these motors produce a whopping 1,914 horsepower and 1,696 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows for a 0 to 60 mph time of 1.85 seconds. WOW! Moreover, Rimac believes this car can reach 412 mph. That’s absolutely insane! Who actually wants to drive that fast? Well… maybe… who doesn’t? Either way, this car is absolutely insane!

Rimac C_Two - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Backing up the motors are 3 gearboxes. There is one gearbox in the front with two in the rear. While the front gearbox has one gear, the rear gearboxes have two, allowing for maximum torque usage. Now, a quick peek at the electrical setup. The batteries are rated for 120 kWh allowing a 342-mile range. With this much power, that is impressive. But, don’t expect 342 miles while mashing the gas at the track. Either way, this car fits the upcoming EV future within the next decade.

Active Aerodynamics & Technology

Rimac C_Two - Dashboard Screen - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two – Dashboard Screen – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Rimac C_Two hypercar boasts a ton of power, but it also boasts active aero and amazing tech. Starting with the active aerodynamics, this car features the following active aero: air-brake, bonnet, front splitter, and rear flap. Next, the car has Rimac All-Wheel Torque Vectoring (R-AWTV) that eliminates ESP and TCS by replacing it with a hypercar system. The purpose of this is to attempt to control this vehicle’s power in a better way than ESP and TCS traditionally do so. Next, there is the AI-Enabled ADAS. This system uses sensors to detect blind spots, collision risk, and lane assist, while also offering cruise control.

Rimac C_Two - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

“Near Gaming Experience” & Virtual Driving Coach

Rimac C_Two | Fully Charged – fullychargedshow – YouTube

On top of the insane power and driving tech, the Rimac C_Two hypercar provides an overall “near gaming experience” as well as acts as a virtual driving coaching. The screens inside the car makes the driving experience feel like a video game. Obviously, don’t drive it that way though! Furthermore, the car has a virtual driving coach. The driving coach helps with driving line and other driving tasks. The purpose of this is to optimize the driver’s experience across the board. While the car sold out quickly, it was worth around $2 million USD. Imagine driving one of these around the track… only if! In conclusion, the C_Two is going to be hard to beat!

Rimac C_Two - Rear Corner in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rimac C_Two – Rear Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Bugatti Crossover with 1,000+ Horsepower May Head to Production

Bugatti Crossover with 1,000+ Horsepower May Head to Production

Bugatti Crossover in Consideration at Manufacturer

Recently, Bugatti is seeking to add a second model to their lineup alongside the Chiron. With rumors spreading across the market, Bugatti has two possibilities. One of the biggest considerations is a Bugatti Crossover. While not a full-out SUV, it would be similar to the Urus, but more compact and lightweight. It’d also sport a ton more power than the Urus, as well as the upcoming Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. So, if given the green light by Volkswagen Group, a crossover could come to market from Bugatti. It’s basically a revival of the Royale in ultra-luxury limousine style crossover.

Although the CEO of Bugatti, Stephan Winkelmann, is against SUVs, that doesn’t rule out the crossover. To back this up, Winkelmann actually oversaw the development of the Urus. So, building a similar crossover wouldn’t be a complete surprise. There’s also consideration of a 2-door crossover sports car. Depending on VW’s decision, Bugatti will move forward with either car, or neither. For all anyone knows, VW will decline both choices, leading to chaos amongst Bugatti news outlets.

Over 1,000+ Horsepower via V8 & Electric Motors

So, as with most Bugatti models, this car will boast an obnoxious amount of power. If the Bugatti Crossover is to become a reality, this car would probably sport the Urus’ motor. This is a 641 horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Furthermore, the engine would receive backup from an electrical motor to reach a goal of over 1k horsepower. In combo, these engines would make this vehicle one of the most powerful crossovers in the world.

Who Doesn’t Want a Bugatti Crossover?

If Bugatti Divo and Lamborghini Urus had a baby – Jimmy Huynh – YouTube

So, who doesn’t want a Bugatti Crossover? Well, surprisingly, there’s people that probably don’t. But, most of us auto enthusiasts do. Obviously, only time will tell if it will happen… or not. Regardless, expect a possible Bugatti unveil at an upcoming auto show… maybe. Furthermore, manufacturers are moving into a greener, fully electric future. So, using electricity to help power this vehicle is basically a requirement. And, the market has already shown electric vehicles (EVs) are popular. Although, some people may need help moving on from their gasoline engine. But many drivers are already ready and willing to do so.

Bugatti Crossover SUV - Rear Corner - Unknown Creator - EuroDrift

Bugatti Crossover SUV – Rear Corner – Unknown Creator – EuroDrift

Note: The images and video for this article are not official by Bugatti. Hence, the pictures and video only represent possibilities for design – by outside sources. For the real design, await Bugatti’s unveil in the upcoming future. Currently, the crossover is only an idea awaiting approval. Thanks for understanding!

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster: Limited to 750 Units

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster: Limited to 750 Units

AMG GT R Roadster is the “Top Model”

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Front Corner with No Convertible Top - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Front Corner with No Convertible Top – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

For the 2020 model year, Mercedes-AMG is bringing the GT R Roadster to the market. With a limit of only 750 units, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster will be quite rare. This version of the AMG GT has a soft-top convertible with the Mercedes-Benz Airscarf. At the peak of the AMG models, Mercedes calls this car the “top model”. This vehicle boasts the most power of the AMG GT line-up. Furthermore, simply letting the top down will allow the driver to listen to the mean roar of the V8. This car is basically the crème of the crop of the AMG GTs.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

4.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 Engine

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Engine Bay - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Engine Bay – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster sports a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This motor boasts 577 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. As per performance, this car has 27 more horsepower than the GT C and GT C Roadster. Moreover, there is a gain of 62 horsepower over the GT S and GT S Roadster. Finally, there is a 108 horsepower gain over the base GT and GT Roadster. That is quite a lead of power in the lineup. To top it off, this car has active aerodynamics, active rear steering, adjustable dampers, and a coilover suspension. Phew!

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Crème of the Crop AMG

Check Out the New AMG GT R ROADSTER! | FIRST LOOK – Shmee150 – YouTube

Overall, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is truly the crème of the crop as per AMG models. Even Mercedes thinks so. And, on top of the amazing engine and performance features, there’s more! As per aesthetics, this car starts with an AMG Night Cosmetic Package. Secondly, it includes an AMG Performance Flat-Bottom Steering Wheel. Furthermore, the top layer of the frame includes a triple layer of aluminum, magnesium, and steel. These features on this car make it stand out among its siblings. In conclusion, the AMG GT R Roadster is one of the company’s peak vehicles.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Rear Corner in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Rear Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Rolls-Royce Avoids Bankruptcy Thanks to BMW According to CEO

Rolls-Royce Avoids Bankruptcy Thanks to BMW According to CEO

BMW Keeps Rolls-Royce Afloat in Auto Industry

According to the Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, Rolls-Royce avoided bankruptcy thanks to BMW. Back in 2003, BMW bought Rolls-Royce and kept it as a subsidiary. Without BMW, there’s a chance Rolls-Royce wouldn’t exist today. The CEO believes the company would’ve gone out of business, probably during the last decade. Whether this is 100% true, there’s no way to tell. Time travel would be necessary to see the outcome if BMW didn’t buy the company. Check out what the CEO said to GoAuto Australia:

”I’m glad to be a part of the BMW Group, and I would even say that Rolls-Royce would be dead without the BMW Group – we would never exist anymore.” – Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, CEO of Rolls-Royce

Even Today, Rolls-Royce Needs BMW

Rolls-Royce Cullinan - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rolls-Royce Cullinan – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Even today, Mueller-Oetvoes believes Rolls-Royce needs BMW. Otherwise, the company would dwindle and cease to exist. This is in partial to the current grind forward to the new technology of the next era. More precisely, EVs and modern auto tech.

“This brand, I mean, these small little precious brands, would all die if they don’t have an OEM who invests early enough into long-term, very expensive technology, be it electric driving, be it autonomous, be it that you comply with all legal regulations worldwide.” – Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, CEO of Rolls-Royce

“In the meantime, we are facing as a manufacturer so many different legal requirements, regulations, that it’s extremely costly to develop cars and this starts even with the MMI system in a car which is basically the whole brain and electronics in the car that is super-expensive and without having somebody in the back who is able to provide that in a very refined, proper way. No, no chance.” – Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, CEO of Rolls-Royce

Obviously, Torsten feels strongly about the fate of Rolls without BMW.

Rolls-Royce is an Autonomous “Follower”

ROLLS ROYCE – Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed – Donut Media – YouTube

According to Mueller-Oetvoes, Rolls-Royce is an autonomous “follower”. The company itself is not actively pursuing autonomous driving, but people can ensure BMW is doing so. Autonomous electric vehicles are the way of the future, and BMW is one of the companies attempting to be at the top of the curve.

”I would call ourselves, when it comes to autonomous driving, followers. And the reason for being a follower is that we would only bring technology into our products when the technology is at a level that customers would tell us, ‘That’s great, that’s effortless, it really helps me, it’s truly autonomous.’” – Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, CEO of Rolls-Royce

Imagine the world without Rolls-Royce luxury. Without champagne refrigerators and curtain windows. It’s…it’s not possible! Overall, Rolls-Royce is an amazing car manufacturer and deserves to stay afloat in the industry.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan - Rear Seating - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rolls-Royce Cullinan – Rear Seating – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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