Jon Olsson has made a name for himself in the car world almost as big as the one he made in the skiing world. That’s mainly because of the absolutely bonkers, yet equally badass vehicles he’s owned over the years. There was the Lamborghini Huracan that was tuned to 800hp and the Murcielago that he drove up a glacier before that. He also had one of the most badass Audi RS6’s you’ve ever seen. As different as the vehicles themselves may have been, they all had similar trends; camouflage, roof racks, and really fast. But Jon decided to go with something a little different with his latest vehicle he’s lovingly named “George, a slightly modified Rolls-Royce Wraith.”
A Rolls-Royce Wraith isn’t normally associated with “fast cars,” even though they do have a stout twin turbo V12 under the hood. The thing is, Roll’s engineers worked tirelessly making sure that 624hp on tap is applied in the smoothest way possible. After all, a Rolls-Royce is a gentleman’s car. But Olsson had other ideas and sent his Wraith to a tuning shop in the Netherlands called Absolute Customs, and they managed to figure out a way to unlock the true performance of this ultra-luxurious machine. And in doing so, they unlocked a monster.
According to the specs Olsson released in his video debuting George, he claims it now has 810hp, with the dyno sheets to prove it. That means we’re talking about 810 wheel horsepower, which is a significant jump over the manufacturer’s claim of 624 crank horsepower. That combined with the 1138Nm, or 839lb-ft of torque, as we know it here in the states, is more than enough to throw your butt in the seats when you drop the hammer. And maybe, more importantly, that freight train of power is also plenty to help Olsson fulfill his dream of doing a burnout in a Rolls Royce, and what a spectacular burnout it was.
You can’t have a car with 810hp sound like background elevator music like most Rolls Royce’s do. So Olsson did some research and worked with a company called Quicksilver who built him a custom system that promised to make George sound like a sports car versus a luxury cruiser. And while It may not be the deep throaty sound I was expecting, it does have its appeal and I could see how it would quickly grow on you the more you heard it. Considering this is likely to be the first performance oriented exhaust system for a Rolls Royce, Quicksilver did a great job.
One thing I questioned when hearing about this build was how would he address the roof rack. Instead of drilling into the roof of his Rolls, he used super strong magnets to hold the rack in place. This is brilliant for a few reasons, the most obvious being no drilling required, but it also allows for customization.
There are quite a few other upgrades that make George what it is today. The custom 24 in Forgiato rims with the low-profile tires complete with “George the Rolls” tire stickers help bring the look of the entire car together as one. Something that may seem unnecessary, but yet was one of Olsson’s favorite upgrades, was the giant lighting system. He didn’t want to worry about hitting deer or moose when traveling out and about, so he installed a system that you would normally see on a desert race truck. Olsson also used George as the perfect platform to advertise his line of custom backpacks and other bags, Douchebags, which fit perfectly in the giant trunk of the Wraith.
I like George because I see it as the kind of car that covers all bases. It’s big enough to hold 4 adults extremely comfortable and therefore if you had a family or a group of friends to cart around, this would be a great way to do it. But there’s still that beast lurking within that can do big smoke show burnouts and throw you in the back of your seat when you want to feel that exhilarating performance. It’s the perfect road trip supercar.