Phantom EE features the car's ground-breaking aluminium spaceframe, so important to dynamic prowess, as well as the sense of calm and tranquillity enjoyed by occupants. However, the naturally aspirated 6.75-litre V12 petrol engine and 6-speed gearbox have been replaced by a lithium ion battery pack and two electric motors mounted on the rear sub-frame. These motors are connected to a single speed transmission with integrated differential.
Each motor is power rated to 145kW, giving Phantom EE a maximum power output of 290kW and torque of 800Nm available over a wide band. This compares with 338kW for standard Phantom with maximum torque of 720Nm, delivered at 3,500rpm.
The Nickel Cobalt Manganese battery chemistry holds around 230Wh/kg,a high energy density which is important in achieving an acceptable range between re-charges. Pre-launch tests suggests Phantom EE should run to a range of up to 200km. Delivered on an effortless wave of torque, 0-60mph will be achieved in under eight seconds (5.7 seconds in standard Phantom), with top speed limited to 160kph.
This is the first application of the technology in a GKL++ segment (super luxury vehicles priced at more than €200,000) and the battery pack is thought to be the largest ever fitted to a road car.
At midnight on January 1st 2003 the first Phantom glided off the production line at the Home of Rolls-Royce. It was the start of a new chapter and to celebrate this momentous occasion, a decade later we have created the Celestial Phantom.
The only motor car of its kind, the Celestial Phantom celebrates the beauty of Rolls-Royce craftsmanship. To honor the special point in time when the first Phantom was created, the headlining features hundreds of tiny LEDs meticulously configured to represent the star-filled sky exactly as it was in Goodwood on January 1st in 2003.
This romantic commemoration has been continued in the Picnic Set. The glassware has a beautifully hand engraved Celestial motif, whilst the renowned porcelain maker Nymphenburg has created exquisite representations of the constellations on the plates.
But that's just the start of the carefully crafted features on this exclusive motor car. The color, along with the 'Dusk' hue of the leather inside, richly evokes the night sky. Fine glass particles have been integrated into the paint to achieve a striking sense of depth and light. Every tiny detail has been perfected to create a luxurious one-off design; from the subtly up-lit Spirit of Ecstasy to the clock featuring four stunning diamonds.
The Celestial Phantom truly is a one-off. A motor car which epitomizes our desire for perfection and showcases the very finest craftsmanship and Bespoke design.