Rolls-Royce is continuing its 2.5 million km testing programme for first electric product, Spectre. The second phases, 625,000 km testing on the French Riviera region of southern France, is now underway.
In September 2021, Rolls-Royce confirmed that it had commenced testing of the new model.
Spectre will undergo the most demanding testing programme ever conceived by the marque, simulating on average more than 400 years of use for a Rolls-Royce.
Earlier this year, at a bespoke testing facility in Arjeplog, Sweden – just 55 kilometres from the Arctic Circle.
The Electric Super Coupé will still be tested for a further one million kilometres before the marque’s engineers will consider this undertaking complete.
First customer deliveries of Spectre will commence in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Spectre is also the most connected Rolls-Royce ever and each of its components are more intelligent than in any previous model.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, says: “It is no exaggeration to state that Spectre is the most anticipated Rolls-Royce ever. Free from the restrictions connected to the internal combustion engine, our battery-electric vehicle will offer the purest expression of the Rolls-Royce experience in the marque’s 118-year history. This latest testing phase proves a suite of advanced technologies that underpin a symbolic shift for Rolls-Royce as it progresses towards a bright, bold, all-electric future. This will secure the ongoing relevance of our brand for generations to come.”
Dr. Mihiar Ayoubi, Director of Engineering, Rolls-Royce Motor Car, adds: “Spectre unlocks the extraordinary potential of integrating a fully electric powertrain into our Architecture of Luxury platform. From this engineering starting point, our testing and refinement processes combine empirical data and human experience, intuition and insights acquired over more than a century to refine the motor car’s driving dynamics and character. In coordinating this orchestra of systems with precisely defined responses to driver inputs and road conditions, made possible by the latest software and hardware developments, Spectre delivers the Rolls-Royce experience in exceptionally high definition.”
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BMW Group.
It employs over 2,000 skilled men and women at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ head office and manufacturing plant at Goodwood, West Sussex.