Rolls-Royce is progressing with the development program of the Spectre, which is the most rigorous in its history. Following hot weather testing in South Africa, the automaker published new photos of its first production EV and gave us some insight into the extreme attention to detail.
In South Africa, the Rolls-Royce Spectre was driven from the Augrabies in the Northern Cape to the French Corner in the Western Cape, going through “twisting country roads replete with gravel, dust, and dirt” and blessing us with more real-life photos of its gold-painted zero-emission majesty. While those are undeniably cool, the over-engineering stories are the ones that caught our attention.
The Rolls-Royce Spectre started testing in 2021 and has already completed about 80% of its development. The EV has traveled 2 million km (1.2 million miles) out of the total 2.5 million km (1.6 million miles) which is like circumnavigating the Earth a massive 62 times. The final 500,000 km (310,685 miles) of testing will be focused on “Lifestyle Analysis”, meaning that the car will go through “super-luxury situations” that are specific to the wealthiest Rolls-Royce clients.
According to Rolls-Royce, Spectre’s testing program replicates almost 400 years of normal use, ensuring that owners won’t have any issues with the car – at least during their lifetime. If you’re wondering, the first deliveries of the Spectre are scheduled to take place toward the end of 2023.