Rolls-Royce Spectre concludes 2.5-million-km test, simulating over 400 years use.
Exhaustive tests under extreme conditions result in thousands of improvements.
Unique Lifestyle Analysis informs Spectre’s features, ensuring super-luxury experience.
The Rolls-Royce Spectre, a groundbreaking all-electric super coupé, has achieved an extraordinary milestone, completing its 2.5-million-kilometre testing programme. Designed to simulate over 400 years of use, this unprecedented endeavour stands as the most challenging development process in the 119-year history of the luxury marque.
The Spectre was subjected to extreme temperatures, from -40°C to +50°C, in varied terrains such as Arctic snow and desert landscapes, high mountain passes, and urban sprawls. The exhaustive test procedure clocked in over 50,000 hours, scrutinizing the car’s 141,200 digital sender-receiver relations and 25,000 performance-related functions. The outcome? Thousands of incremental improvements enhancing everything from its acoustic performance, steering precision, charge time, to torque delivery. Each refinement may seem minor in isolation but together, they significantly enhance the overall user experience.
Rolls-Royce, however, didn’t stop at performance. In an effort to ensure an authentic super-luxury experience, the Spectre underwent the marque’s unique Lifestyle Analysis process. This proprietary protocol is based on a deep understanding of the super-luxury consumer, gleaned from continuous intelligence gathering across the luxury sector.
The Lifestyle Analysis takes into account various client-centric variables, including how the drivetrain performs on specific roads around the world’s most exclusive enclaves. For instance, its four-wheel steering was tested in high-end urban locales for maneuverability in confined spaces. Similarly, static testing procedures tackled key client concerns such as telephonic conversation quality inside the car when parked near a helicopter or the strength of the in-car internet connection in between skyscrapers.
The programme helped engineers highlight necessary adjustments to the car’s specifications, like adding gyroscopic and G-force sensors to the power-assisted doors, ensuring effortless opening and closing even on steep hills.
The Spectre’s global odyssey culminated in London, the capital of Rolls-Royce’s home market, during the Lifestyle Analysis testing, paving the way for client deliveries set to commence in the fourth quarter of this year.