Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is a British manufacturer of luxury automobiles based at the Goodwood plant in West Sussex, England. The factory is located across from the historic Goodwood Circuit in Goodwood, West Sussex, England.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has its origin in renowned British car manufacturing company, Rolls-Royce Limited. Founded by Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce on 15 March 1906 as the result of a partnership formed in 1904, the automobile manufacturer also became an aero-engine manufacturing company from 1914 onwards. In 1971, Rolls-Royce was crippled by the costs of developing the advanced RB211 jet engine, resulting in the nationalization of the company as Rolls-Royce (1971) Limited. In 1973, the car division was separated from the parent company as Rolls-Royce Motors. In 1998, owners Vickers decided to sell Rolls-Royce Motors. It is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BMW and is the current producer of Rolls-Royce branded automobiles.