Rolls-Royce – the automaker known for its Flying Lady on the hood – forever proved to me and two others that the new Phantom is much more than just a luxury lounge on wheels. When asked to dart around an unidentified flying object on a highway in southern France last Saturday, the Phantom performed perfectly, saving me and the two other people in the car from potentially serious injuries.
The near tragedy happened as the three of us were casually cruising down the D4 highway near Cabris, France. Rolls-Royce held a ride-and-drive event for the refreshed Phantom last weekend. A fellow journalist, who asked not to be named, was driving, Rolls-Royce Corporate Communications Manager for North America Kristina Marchitto was in the passenger seat and I was in the back of the long-wheelbase Phantom.
We were in the right lane going about 100km (about 62 mph) when something large, square and blue dislodged from the top of a van. The massive square object was heading right for the front of the car.
Everything seemed to move in slow motion.