Roll-Royce Claims Best Aero for its BEV Spectre

Rolls-Royce is claiming the lowest coefficient of drag it has ever achieved for a road-going car for its forthcoming Spectre luxury BEV.

While still in development mode, the test mule has recording wind tunnel results of just 0.26cd and the automaker promises this will improve still further by the end of exhaustive testing. To reach these figures, the even the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet top mascot has had a make over to improve its aerodynamic qualities. The figurine has been remodeled by computer to have a lower, more dynamic stance that brings her much closer to the drawings made by her original creator, the illustrator and sculptor Charles Sykes.

Slightly smaller at 82.73mm tall, compared to her predecessor’s 100.01mm the most visible change is her stance. Now she is braced for the wind, one leg forward, body tucked low, her eyes focused ahead.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “More than just a symbol, she is the embodiment of our brand, and a constant source of inspiration and pride for the marque and its clients. Like our brand, she has always moved with the times while staying true to her nature and character. In her new form she is more streamlined and graceful than ever before – the perfect emblem for the most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce ever created, and for gracing the prow of our bold electric future.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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