Testing has begun on the Rolls-Royce 102EX Phantom Experimental Electric as it prepares for its world tour. The latest round of tests commenced at the MIRA research facility in Warwickshire, England. The tests were commissioned to gage the response of battery performance in various temperatures and humidity levels. From Andrew Martin: "The tests have furnished us with important data about the effects of heat and humidity on 102EX's battery and management systems."
The chief engineer went on to statethat the results indicated that the car's 96 cells will continue to operate at temperatures as high as 50C and in relative humidity as low as 30 percent. The 102EX comes with a 71kWh lithium-ion battery that powers two electric motors. The system puts out 389hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The performance leaves a lot to be desired, as the 102EX can only reach a top speed of 99mph and goes from 0-60mph 'under 8 seconds'. The Phantom 102EX Phantom Experimental Electric will be presented this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and will ran some exclusive hill climbs yesterday as part of the Moving Motor Show.
The 102EX Phantom Experimental Electric is scheduled to hit parts of Asia, the Middle East and Europe in the early fall and will be in the US at Pebble Beach in LA August 16-21.