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The Rs 18 crore palace on wheels

Last updated on: July 11, 2014 14:37 IST

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If you have ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ looking at swanky vanity vans of Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt, you will be blown away with this palace on wheels.

The humongous, 40-foot-long eleMMent Palazzo from Austrian company Marchi Mobile takes luxury to the next level. The world’s most expensive motorhome, makes vanity vans of Indian celebrities look modest.

A buyer has the option to order a gold coloured eleMMent Palazzo that costs about Rs 18 crore (2 million pounds) or can opt for Rs 11.34 crore (1.45 million euros) white coloured vehicle.

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Variants

Other than the eleMMent palazzo, which is a mobile home, the company has three variants of this vehicle.

There’s a VIP shuttle called eleMMent viva and it costs Rs 10 crore (1.28 million euros). A mobile showroom branded as eleMMent visione costs Rs 5.78 crore.

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Waiting Period

A buyer may have all the money but needs to wait to get his or her hands on the vehicle. Marchi Mobile vehicle production is limited. It keeps the number of produced units as low as five per year.

“We give undivided time and attention to the vehicle and have quality checks throughout the entire production process of every single vehicle,” states the brochure.

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Mechanics & Design

At the heart is an engine that churns out 510 horsepower. It also comes equipped with motor sports package that features dual sport exhaust system, carbon rear diffuser, eleMMent design wheels 28 inch front axle, single-arm windscreen wiper with rotor drive.

The company claims that its aerodynamic design reduces fuel consumption and motor oscillation when on the highway.

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Interior

Buyers also have an option to go for electronic steering system with unique cockpit designs. They can choose from race cockpit or a real yachting control stand.

The usable area differs in the eleMMent palazzo (mobile home) and eleMMent viva (VIP shuttle). The former has 30 sq ft usable area and 20 sq ft terrace. VIP shuttle, on the other hand, has 25 sq ft usable area.

The vehicle has completely insulated construction for all year-round usage and offers superior noise isolation.

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Comforts

The world’s most expensive motorhome has the kind of facilities that would make most homes pale in comparison.

The van has arrangement for four people to sleep and has three 40-inch flatscreen TVs to keep the travellers entertained.

It also has stainless steel fridge and a fireplace.

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Barbeque Grill & Spa

It also comes equipped with dishwasher, coffee machine, and ice-maker. If this are commonplace things for you, here are the surprising ones. It also has barbeque grill station.

Dubbed as ‘wellness bathroom’, the mobile home has a big spa with walk-in rainfall-effect shower and fittings made by German luxury yacht supplier Dornbracht.

The walls are Italian marble and there is a closet, too.

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Sky Lounge and glow-in-dark paint

The most impressive piece of luxury in the vehicle is the ‘Sky Lounge’. It allows you to have your parties under the open sky.

At a press of a button, the 40 ft home transforms into a personal retreat with pop up cocktail bar, under floor heating, extravagant marble lighting, water fog system, and multimedia.

To create the right atmosphere, it’s the first vehicle that comes with a paint that glows when it’s dark. What more, you can even customise this paint job.

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Remote surveillance

It has a real stream video surveillance that enables the owner to control all the functions from outside the vehicle.

This even means that the buyer doesn’t need to take friends to the vehicle. Instead, they can take a tour of the vehicle remotely.

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Breakdown? No worries

With the unique Marchi Mobile remote service assistance, the owner can directly communicate 24 hours with the company’s service support team via direct access.

The company can remotely monitor all important functions of the vehicles and in case of emergencies it can intervene.

Customers in Europe can get on-site support within 24 hours and the ones in other parts of the world can get personal assistance within 48 hours.

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Self-Cleaning

The vehicle is designed in such a way that it can even wash itself after driving through any terrain. The company calls it ‘self-cleaning’ and ‘power wash system’ that’s works while on the move.

The entire unit has a complete automatic control and you can even extend the room with a touch of a button.

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The finer elements

Driver’s cabin: The ‘cockpit’ has teak floors and airline-style captain’s chair made of leather and alcantara. The vast circular windscreen is cleared by a single propeller wiper.

Bedroom: The ornate British-style bed comes with velvet covers. Silk sheets lies beneath a hand-crafted Iranian ceiling-mirror.

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Story of Marchi Mobile

The ultra luxurious vehicle is the brainchild of Mario Marchi who founded the company Marchi Mobile in 2010.

While he was running a marketing agency called mm Promotion GmbH & Co, he came across Colani designed trucks and realised that they have a great potential.

He purchased all the design rights and improved them further to make the eleMMent range.

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He had always been passionate about motor homes. Marchi used to drive heavy-duty trucks in the war zone to deliver food. Living in a semi-truck for weeks he started to appreciate the comforts of mobile homes as a ‘home away from home’.

He spent most of his small income to make his truck more comfortable and the process led to him winning first prize for presenting the most beautiful truck of Austria.

A German entrepreneur offered Marchi business partnership and with that he stepped into show truck business. Since then numerous special vehicles have been created under his leadership.

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