The development of Mark’s first electric vehicle, the Rolls-Royce Specter, reached a major milestone with the completion of the first winter test, which took place in northern Sweden, where temperatures reach -15 degrees Fahrenheit at this time of year.
The car is a larger, more luxurious coupe billed as the successor to the Rolls-Royce Phantom coupe, although judging by the prototype it closely resembles the Weith coupe, which is no longer available.
There are still plenty of testing schedules for the Specter before it launches in the fourth quarter of 2023. Engineers will now place various prototypes through a combined test drive of more than 1.2 million miles between now and then. This is in addition to the simulated test to represent 400 years of regular use.
The Specter is based on Rolls-Royce’s own aluminum space-frame platform that debuted in the current Phantom and was modified to fit an electric powertrain. One key mode is to place a battery on the car floor, which weighs more than 1,500 pounds alone. No range is estimated but you can count it as the highest in the industry.
A slippery shape to help the car range. Rolls-Royce states that the current prototype has a low-one-for-Rolls-Royce-drag coefficient of 0.26 Cd. The lowest CD in any of the vehicles produced is a Mercedes-Benz EQS 0.20. To enhance Specter’s aerodynamics, Rolls-Royce has even redesigned the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.
Specter’s electric powertrain enables engineers to remove some of the structural elements of the space-frame platform. For example, without a large V-12 engine at the front, the firewall could be moved to the front and the resulting dashboard could be lowered, which should create a more airy feeling in the cabin.
On the outside, the Specter has a fastback shape that resembles Wraith’s design, as mentioned above. It will also return to split headlights, featuring daytime running light at the tip of the hood and the main light cluster below it. Rolls-Royce has further confirmed that the Specter will be mounted on a 23-inch wheel, the first time since 1926 that Rolls-Royce will have such a large wheel.
Following the Specter launch, Rolls-Royce is expected to launch electric versions of its Phantom, Ghost and Cullinan as each car is redesigned. If all goes according to plan, the entire lineup will be electrified by 2030.