First it was a test in the frozen desert of Sweden, where there were practically no prying eyes. But then came a second trial on the Côte d’Azurand there if his presence caught the attention of thousands of people. And although no one could know exactly what it was, see an electric car completely wrapped in confusingly designed vinyl to avoid being identified, he drew attention anyway.
Only some connoisseurs or followers of the automobile world will have noticed that it was the first electric Rolls-Royce, nothing less. Its about Specter, a coupe that will try to partially occupy the space of the Wraith and Phantom, with its proposal for sustainable propulsion, and which will go on sale at the end of 2023.
The first test was in January, on a test track in Arjeplog, Sweden, just 55 kilometers from the Arctic Circle. That was a key test because the conditions to which the car was subjected were truly extreme. And no one was surprised that they did so for two reasons. The first is that several models of other brands have been subjected to this type of testing, especially electric cars. It happened with him Smart #1 and also with Rimac Fridge Some months ago.
But the second reason is something that they had announced from Rolls-Royce when they introduced the Specter last yearsporting the same vinyl camouflage that it still has, and that is because before going into production, the car will travel 2.5 million kilometers of tests, of which 625,000 will be on the French Riviera and its surroundings. The idea of the manufacturer is to offer the guarantee of a tested car as much as if it had had 400 years of conventional use.
The choice of the French Côte d’Azur is not accidental. On the one hand, there is a inevitable relationship between the representation of luxury implied by the place and that represented by a “Rolls”which makes it possible to ensure that where several Specters will circulate, more kilometers have been covered than anywhere else. But also, in the vicinity of the city of Istres, just 65 kilometers from Marseille and about 285 km from Monaco, has a test center historically widely used by the industry, but now only by the brands of the BMW Group: the Miramas racetrack.
It is a large 485-hectare estate, which began as an oval racing track since its inauguration in 1924, even hosting the 1926 French Grand Prixwhen Formula 1 did not yet exist. But due to its shape, long straights and very pronounced banks, it allowed reaching high speeds, considerably excessive for the development of the cars of that time. It was closed for competitions in the 1960s, and it was bought by BMW in 1986, to transform its facilities into a test track with all kinds of floors, curves and speeds.
There is more than 60 kilometers between all its internal circuits with 20 different types of geographies and terrainthat allow to represent the greatest possible variety of demands that a car can have in the world. Only the ice is missing, and for that reason, Rolls-Royce went to Sweden first.
The Specter will be the most technological Rolls in history. Some figures are as impressive as the 2.5 million kilometers that have been committed to be completed before the end of 2023. It has 141,200 data transmitter-receiver connections, more than 1,000 electronic functions and more than 25,000 sub-functions. which are activated alternately.