The least-expensive Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase sedan you can buy in the United States will run you $455,000, and that’s before you start checking the option boxes. Keep things simple, and most stretched Phantoms probably price in the half-million dollar range.
That’s why you don’t see too many of them used for drifting or amateur rallying. Sure, they make ample power and the long wheelbase means they’re easy to rotate, but the car’s real wheel drive means that traction on wet grass can be hard to come by. Lack of ground clearance doesn’t help much, either, and tuner parts for Rolls-Royce models are scarce.
We have no idea what the backstory on this video, found on Autoevolution, really is. Rolls Royce is hesitant to put cars into press fleets (at least on this side of the Atlantic), so it’s probably safe to rule out a couple of automotive journalists conducting an all-terrain road test of the Phantom.
It’s probably safe to rule out a Phantom owner, looking to see if his new sedan can replace his Land Rover Defender for chores around the estate, too. Pay that kind of money for a car, and chances are good that you’ll treat it with a bit more reverence.
That leaves option three, a disillusioned employee or family member, borrowing the car under suspicious (and probably illegal) circumstances. If you own a dark-colored Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase and the backdrop looks familiar, you may want to inspect your car for mud and grass trimmings in the wheel wells.
We’d also suggest you do a better job of hiding the keys next time your away, too, especially if your automotive stable includes less replaceable cars. Hooning a Rolls-Royce Phantom is one thing, but we really don’t want to see a follow-up video starring a McLaren F1 or Ferrari F40.