Ride quality is one of the key areas being tested, and the Spectre has a new system that harnesses super-fast data processing in combination with the satellite navigation system and technology that can read the road surface ahead. This system allows the car to adjust the suspension depending on whether it’s on a straight road or if the car is entering a corner.
Batteries that are capable of allowing continental touring are likely to mean that the Spectre will be a heavy car, but its weight will be offset to a degree by the vehicle’s all-aluminium spaceframe architecture. This construction is also helping to create the most rigid body in the brand’s history, representing a 30% improvement over all existing Rolls-Royce cars. This rigidity has also been achieved by integrating the structure of the battery itself into the Spectre’s aluminium spaceframe architecture.
Another factor that should help with the driving range is the Spectre’s drag coefficient (cd) of just 0.25 - which makes it the most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce ever created.
The Spectre’s development is now approximately 40% complete. The vehicle is due to be tested for another million kilometres, with a total of 625,000 kilometres being driven in the French Côte d’Azur region. In total the Spectre’s testing programme covers 2.5 million kilometres, simulating on average more than 400 years of use for a Rolls-Royce.
First customer deliveries of the Spectre will commence in the fourth quarter of 2023.
By 2030 Rolls-Royce will be a fully electric car brand.