Rolls-Royce is downsizing its hood ornaments to make electric cars go farther

Rolls-Royce is downsizing its hood ornaments to make electric cars go farther

Rolls-Royce’s spirit is slimming down for the electric age.

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Rolls-Royce has redesigned its Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament for its first electric car. (Rolls-Royce)

The BMW-owned luxury automaker has revealed a close-up look at the redesigned version of its Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament that will adorn its first electric car, the Spectre.

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The new ornament is more aerodynamic than the current version, as seen on the Wraith coupe. (Rolls-Royce)

The updated icon is less statuesque than the current version, shrinking from 100 mm tall to just under 83 mm, and takes on a more tucked stance, with the head and wings held lower.

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The updated icon is shorter with a more aerodynamically optimized profile. (Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce says the design is the result of over 830 combined hours of computer modeling and wind tunnel testing and helps the coupe achieve a drag coefficient of .26, which is the better than the brand’s current models and will help it stretch the driving range provided by its battery pack.

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The new hood ornament will debut on the electric Spectre going on sale in late 2023. (Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce has previously shown a lightly disguised prototype of the Spectre, which is scheduled to go on sale in late 2023 as the automaker kicks off a transition to go all-electric by 2030.

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Pricing, performance and exactly how far it will be able to travel between charges have not been announced.