Rolls-Royce Spectre EV Heads To France For Second Phase Of Testing

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The Spectre successfully completed its cold-weather trials. Now it's moving on to the French Riviera.

We can't think of a better car to electrify than a Rolls-Royce. Every positive attribute of an EV powertrain is precisely what you want in the ultimate expression of luxury; instant access to all the available torque, performance, near silent operation, and the unfounded smugness that comes with supposed zero emissions.

It's no secret that Rolls Royce is working on its first EV. The first electrified Roller will be called the Spectre, and the first customer deliveries will occur in the fourth quarter of 2023.

To date, Rolls-Royce hasn't shared much about the car. We know where the name comes from, and Rolls shared some fascinating insight into its computing power.

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This week more information trickled down from Goodwood. Last we heard, the Spectre was 25% done with its 1.5 million mile testing program. Development is now 40% done as the Spectre moves away from the freezing temperatures of Sweden to a location where prospective customers will most likely use it.

The second phase of the Spectre's testing will occur in the French Riviera, where it will have to complete 390,000 miles.

This phase of the development is split into two parts. The Spectre will begin its French journey at the Autodrome de Miramas proving ground, where it will face standing water, tight handling circuits, and a 3.1-mile high-speed bowl where it will be subjected to continuous high speeds.

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The second part of this testing program will take place in the countryside around the Autodrome de Miramas, effectively a real-world test.

The engineering team has to iron out the kinks in Rolls-Royce's latest suspension technology to give the Spectre a "magic carpet" ride. The Spectre will be able to automatically uncouple the anti-roll bars, which gives the wheels the freedom to act independently.

The Spectre also can look ahead via the navigation system, and it will recouple the anti-roll bars when it identifies an upcoming corner. While cornering, more than 18 sensors are monitored. Steering, braking, power delivery, and suspension parameters are all then adjusted to keep the car stable.

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Rolls-Royce has also stated that the Spectre will be the most rigid car in its history. The architecture is reinforced with steel sections, and some of the body panels are the largest single pieces of aluminum Rolls-Royce has ever produced. The side panel is one piece, for example. It extends from the A-Pillar to behind the taillights. The pillarless coach doors are the largest the British manufacturer has ever made.

The battery is also part of the structure. According to Rolls-Royce, its support adds 30% to the structural rigidity.

Once this is done, the Spectre must complete a further 625,000 miles before Rolls-Royce even considers signing it off.

"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," said Torsten Muller Otvos, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce.

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