Rolls-Royce Spectre Goes 1 Million Miles

Rolls-Royce Spectre Goes 1 Million Miles

Rolls-Royce Spectre front view on a mountainous road

Rolls-Royce’s all-electric Spectre is one step closer to production as it crosses the 2 million km (1.2 million miles) milestone of testing.

The luxury coupe is currently in South Africa for hot weather testing, with temperatures reaching over 120 degrees. Rolls-Royce has selected Augrabies in the Northern Cape and Franschhoek in the Western Cape Winelands for the tests. The engineers are working to refine every system, hardware item, and software protocol developed for the new car in the later stages, where minor and incremental adjustments are the most key. The car has a whopping 25,000 separate performance-related functions to refine.

According to Dr. Mihiar Ayoubi, Director of Engineering at Rolls-Royce, “there has never been a motor car like Spectre before.” He added that “as the first all-electric Rolls-Royce, Spectre represents not just a new paradigm in our technology but the entire future direction of our brand.” Rolls-Royce engineers have been finessing the car’s regenerative braking for over 1500 hours to ensure it “feels effortless but present.”

Rolls-Royce is conducting extreme conditions testing to ensure the vehicle meets the brand’s notably high standards. Cold weather testing in Arjeplog, Sweden, led to hardening the rubber that seals the cabin, while the intense heat will test the acoustic performance of the seals as they soften in hotter conditions.

Rolls-Royce claims the continued testing is not to test a motor car but to “elevate the benchmark of automotive excellence.”


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