Rolls-RoyceMotor Cars’ genre-defining all-electric super coupe, Spectre, has now concluded a historic and unique undertaking: a 1.5 million mile test program simulating more than 400 years of use. In the most demanding development process in the brand’s 120-year history, Specter has withstood temperatures ranging from -40°F to +122°F, and in conditions ranging from snow and ice to ‘Arctic to the deserts, the high mountain passes and the megacities of the world.
Each of Spectre’s 141,200 digital emitter-receiver relationships and 25,000 performance-related functions have been painstakingly observed, analyzed and fine-tuned by Rolls-Royce engineers, a process that represents more than 50,000 collective hours of highly skilled work.
This resulted in thousands of iterative improvements to everything from the Spectre’s acoustic performance, cornering composure and steering precision to its charge time, electric range and torque delivery; each small in itself, but with an immense overall cumulative effect on the customer experience
As a Rolls-Royce, Spectremmustbe more than just an engineering tour de force: it must also offer customers a true super-luxury experience. It has therefore also been subject to the brand’s unique lifestyle analysis process, which has informed the development of every new product emanating from the brand’s home in its Goodwood era. This additional testing program goes beyond standard car evaluations to include how customers use the car on a daily basis.
Lifestyle analysis is based on detailed brand knowledge and understanding of the super-luxury consumer and continuous intelligence gathering across the luxury sector. It allows engineers to anticipate the very particular demands likely to be placed on a new Rolls-Royce and ensures that the final designed and engineered experience incorporates appropriate features and responses.
With this knowledge, engineers have considered a number of variables of particular relevance to Rolls-Royce customers. For example, they have looked at how the Specter transmission performs on specific roads in and around the world’s most exclusive enclaves, such as Sanya Island in China, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Napa Valley in California and London in the market origin of the brand.
This test is not limited to performance at highway speeds. Specific inner-city destinations are also used to ensure that features such as four-wheel steering provide the maneuverability benefits needed to access area roads and property approaches with limited space. Indeed, testing in and around London’s Mayfair and Kensington and Chelsea boroughs ensured proper rear axle steering for approaching key residential streets and luxury shopping locations.
Similarly, given the environments Specter will be found in around the world, many static testing procedures are conducted that address key customer concerns. These include whether it is possible to have a normal phone conversation inside the car.
At the same time, it is parked next to the waiting helicopter, the strength of the internet connection of the motor car between specific skyscrapers and the ease of access when placing specific objects inside the car: the long laundry bags which are used to protect formal evening dresses. and robes
As with the technical road tests, the lifestyle analysis phase of the tests is underway to highlight any necessary adjustments to the car’s specification or performance. For example, after testing the power-assisted doors on an exceptionally steep hill, replicating the steep driveways common on hills in Los Angeles, California, engineers added gyroscopic and G-force sensors to ensure the doors open and close at the same speed without effort. , regardless of longitudinal or transverse parking angles.
In addition, a corner was used so often to test the Spectre’s steering accuracy, which the brand’s engineers believe is the most accurate in the history of Rolls-Royce, they have named a change in the vicinity of the house of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex, ‘SpectreCorner’.
Fittingly, during lifestyle analysis testing in London, Rolls-Royce’s domestic market capital, the Specter completed its 1.5 million mile odyssey in preparation for customer deliveries, which will begin the fourth quarter of this year.