Yes, we’re thinking the same thing: interesting expanse of wheel-arch clearance on 1016 Industries’s brand new ‘3D-printed’ Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Of course, it’s not a 3D-printed Rolls-Royce Cullinan – one suspects Rolls-Royce might have something to say about that – but a RR that features quite a lot of 3D-printed panels.
Carbonfibre panels, too. The Miami-based tuner has long specialised in performing CF modifications on a range of supercar exotica. It’s now turned its considerable expertise to Rolls’s ‘high-sided vehicle’. High-sided, yes. Ability to comfortably traverse speed bumps, perhaps not so much.
The lower portion of the Cullinan’s front has been given a once over, while the modified SUV features new running lights too. From there, 1016 has fitted what it describes as “sweeping” arch flares, but what you will liken to “massive”. Though the rear of the car doesn’t look to have been too heavily extended, there is a small bootlip spoiler and the addition of a new rear diffuser.
The introduction of all this carbonfibre has lightened the Cullinan’s kerbweight, though by how much we’re not sure. We are told it makes the luxury SUV “lighter and stronger”, and 1016 says each car can be ready in “weeks, not months, not years”.
Production will be limited, and each modified Rolls-Royce Cullinan starts at half a million dollars in the USA. “Collectors can choose between non-exposed carbon materials, partially exposed carbonfibre, or ultra rare partially forged carbonfibre,” says 1016.
1016 Industries boss Peter Northrop added: “Every piece of forged carbon in our new Cullinan seamlessly integrates into the existing bodywork. We’re incredibly pleased with the new Cullinan, which utilises advanced manufacturing techniques that have never been successfully adopted in the industry before on this scale.”
Scale. It might be lighter and stronger, sure, but not sure there's much scale in those wheel arches.