Rolls-Royce is the wrong kind of energy for the last 105 years. After a ride in the electric Rolls-Royce Phantom 102EX, we realize what a worthless source of power of the engine for such a car.
A piston is a collection of hot metal parts are all running, pumping, pounding and grinding for and against each other. It creates a lot of heat and noise. And yet, despite all, it is still so limited in his bill that he has gone through a transmission, only an acceptable performance envelope from its narrow power band extract.
The 102EX (or experimental Electric Phantom, Rolls how much we) sweeps his factory next to the Goodwood circuit in undulating countryside in the southeast of England.
On the outside of the translucent and transparent hood ornament cover over the charging socket, the only evidence that this role is unlike any other. Inside, there is even less recognizable: the unique power reserve meter now reads about 100 percent, to indicate when the electric motors when in fact the power back into the battery brakes. Otherwise, the only visual indication of the console with a big red button in the middle.
Before we snuck a peek under the hood. A maze of wires sitting on top of the largest ever made to a car battery. It takes every ounce of space once occupied by the former occupant, the mighty V12 6.75 liters and weighs only 1,500 pounds.
The energy is conveyed in two electric motors on the rear axle assembly feed. Together they generate 389 HP, a significant drop in the 453 hp in the standard Phantom. The deficit more than an abundance of torque is compensated. In this case, 589 pounds-feet of the pin to 531 lb-ft of the piston-driven cars compared. Oh, and the electric motors do when you touch the gas.
But here is something where we inject a cold, hard dose of reality in this warm and welcoming scene. Rolls-Royce, there is unlikely to build an all-electric Phantom of it. We only need a few hours behind the wheel to know why when everything is run on the huge lithium-ion batteries needed completely dry. And if you have a special force, you have to park at least 24 hours if the battery is fully charged. hard to see, too many owners happy with this system.
Why spend Rolls undisclosed but substantial sum of one-off prototype know that it never produced? Simply put, it wanted to start conversations with their customers about possible future energy sources. And let’s face it: If your Rolls-Royce not only e-mail a questionnaire to your customers and expect a response.
It is a fact, Rolls know it can not sell forever Gas V12 cars. At one point, the view that such regulation is not only impractical and illegal bikes. In this sense, it must be the right solution over time, develop, test, and sell them to a suspicious public. The electric Phantom is the first part of this process.
A hard sell, perhaps, but once customers feel, may be as quiet and refined, an electric Rolls-Royce, it does not sound so ridiculous.