The luxury brand’s electric vehicle is moving to the Cote D’Azur for the final test phase ahead of its 2023 launch
Rolls-Royce has released new images and details of its Specter electric coupe as the luxury brand continues to test the car ahead of its launch next year.
The two-door grand tourer is the first all-electric car in the brand’s history and is currently undergoing what its engineers describe as the most rigorous testing program in the brand’s history – a 2.5 million kilometer test program in a variety of environments around the world .
During the two-phase tests, the electric grand tourer navigated the terrain around the French Riviera and negotiated many of the winding coastal roads and sweeping auto routes that the production model is expected to find itself on.
In addition to on-road testing, the Specter underwent rigorous testing at BMW’s Autodrome de Miramas proving ground. The former Grand Prix circuit is now a 1,200-acre, state-of-the-art testing facility designed to help engineers fine-tune every facet of the Specter’s character, using everything from tight handling tracks to its high-speed bowl with a drop-off to capture long distances test high-speed performance.
The tests, which replicate 400 years of use by an average Rolls-Royce, aim to ensure the brand’s first electric vehicle – dubbed the most important car in its history – lives up to its reputation for creating the ultimate luxury vehicle.
One of the focus points for the engineers was the car’s suspension. Utilizing the Spectre’s new electronic capabilities and updated hardware, new suspension technology has been developed to ensure the Specter maintains the brand’s famous ‘magic carpet’. Using camera and satellite navigation data, the system is able to disengage anti-roll bars on straights to smooth out poor surfaces, then engage them again before corners to keep the car stable.
Based on the same all-aluminum platform as the Phantom, Ghost and Cullinan, the Specter is the brand’s most rigid model yet and features a massively upgraded and decentralized electronic ‘brain’ that will control every element and function of the car.
While powertrain details remain classified, Rolls-Royce has revealed more details about the car’s design, including the use of the largest ‘deep draw’ body panels in Rolls-Royce history. Each individual side panel, which runs from in front of the A-pillar to behind the rear lights, is almost four meters long, and each of the two doors is more than 1.5 meters.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented: “It is no exaggeration to say that Specter is the most anticipated Rolls-Royce of all time. Free from the limitations associated with the internal combustion engine, our battery electric vehicle will offer the purest expression of the Rolls-Royce experience in the brand’s 118-year history.
“This latest phase of testing demonstrates a suite of advanced technologies that underpin a symbolic shift for Rolls-Royce towards a bright, bold, all-electric future. This ensures the ongoing relevance of our brand for generations to come.”