Rolls-Royce Begins Testing New Aluminium Space-Frame Architecture

Posted on Thu ,07 Jan 2016 12:19 pm
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Rolls-Royce Begins Testing New Aluminium Space-Frame Architecture

The first model based on the new aluminium architecture will arrive in 2018.

Rolls-Royce has started testing its all-new aluminium space-frame architecture on public roads using engineering mules wrapped in a Phantom body. The development of the new architecture was announced by the company in February 2015. The new architecture will underpin all future models from the company, with the first new model based on the new platform arriving in early 2018.

Since 2003, the Phantom is based on a unique aluminium spaceframe platform developed by BMW, while the Ghost is based on a heavily modified last generation BMW 7-series platform. The new aluminium space-frame architecture being developed and tested by Rolls-Royce will be unique to the brand.

The current testing is to ensure the platform will deliver Rolls-Royce’s trademark “magic carpet ride” on different surfaces as well as to ensure it is resilient to extreme weather conditions.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said,  “Since 2003 and the commissioning of the new Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has reset the benchmark for luxury motoring. Now it is time to take the next step in the luxury journey. This is why I am announcing today that on-road testing of our all-new proprietary architecture is beginning. This new architecture of pure luxury represents considerable investment in the future of our great brand.”

The new platform is most likely to debut on Rolls-Royce’s new SUV codenamed Project Cullinan



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