The electric Rolls-Royce enters the French Rivière test phase
Rolls-Royce has entered the next phase of testing its all-electric Specter on the French Riviera.
Representing 625,000 kilometers of the 2.5 million kilometer test programme, the phase is split into two parts starting at the historic Autodrome de Miramas proving ground, located in the French department of Bouches-du-Rhône. in Provence.
Once a circuit that hosted the 1926 Grand Prix, the site is now a state-of-the-art test and development facility, incorporating more than 60 kilometers of closed roads and 20 test track environments that offer plenty of testing opportunities. on its 1198 acre space.
These include stagnant water tests, handling circuits with sharp turns and cambers, and a 5km inclined high-speed bowl.
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The second phase of testing in the region is taking place in the Provençal countryside around the Autodrome de Miramas. This region is popular with Rolls-Royce buyers, and 55% of testing here has been on the roads that many production Specters will be driven on after first deliveries to customers in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Rolls-Royce has put serious effort into the foundations of the Spectres, the electric tourer destined to be the most connected Rolls ever. It can send and receive around three times as many signals as a typical Rolls-Royce with over 141,200 sender-receiver relationships. This processing power is required for the more than 25,000 functions, which have different responses depending on factors such as weather, driver behavior, vehicle condition and road conditions.
Specter will have the trademark “magic carpet ride” and be able to automatically decouple its anti-roll bars, allowing each wheel to act independently. This prevents the rocking motion that occurs when one side of a vehicle strikes an undulation in the road, while improving high-frequency ride imperfections caused by smaller, more frequent defects in the surface quality of the road.
On-board systems can detect upcoming turns and re-couple anti-roll bars, stiffen dampers and adjust the four-wheel steering system if necessary. More than 18 sensors are monitored to keep the Specter stable when cornering.
Aerodynamics were central to the design, with a drag coefficient of 0.26 making it the slipperiest Rolls-Royce to date.
As for the powertrain, Rolls isn’t ready to talk about it yet, but we’d expect it to rival the 420kW/900Nm 6.75L V12 found in the Phantom and Ghost, even exceeds them.
First customer deliveries of the Specter will begin in Q4 2023, so we should get more information on the car next year.