This is Rolls-Royce’s new crossover test mule–a lifted and murdered out Phantom with a giant wing

Rolls-Royce is working on a crossover, whether you like it or not. This is really Bentley’s fault because they’re making a crossover and Rolls is just matching their move. Otherwise it’d be like Russia dismantling their entire nuclear arsenal while the US gets to keep theirs.

Either way, Rolls further confirmed their progress with the project by revealing their odd and ridiculous Phantom-based test mule–the first phase of the crossover’s development. This means the company’s in the process of working with developing the all-wheel drive system for the car.

But really, we’re really freakin’ liking this because it’s just a shorty Phantom that’s murdered out in black and has a giant bat-wing. It doesn’t get much more badass than that.

Check out the press release after the jump.

PROJECT CULLINAN BEGINS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AS ENGINEERING MULE APPEARS IN PUBLIC

In its open letter on 18 February this year, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars gave an undertaking to inform stakeholders of the progress of Project Cullinan. Keeping this promise, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has today published photographs depicting the first key milestone in the vehicle’s development programme. The photographs are of the first engineering mule, which will be seen on public roads this week.

This early engineering mule, based on a shortened Phantom Series II body, has been created purely to begin the development of an all-wheel drive suspension system that will deliver a ride that will be Effortless … Everywhere. The body may hint at the size of the new car, but it features no design aspects of the eventual high-sided, all-terrain motor car announced by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in February this year.

The mule rides on the first iteration of an all-new suspension that will assist Rolls-Royce engineers in developing a final all-wheel drive system that delivers Rolls-Royce’s hallmark “magic-carpet” ride not only on the road, but off-road too.

The first series of tests will focus on Project Cullinan’s on-road behaviour from suspension throw to high-bodied stability, and will test the new suspension across all types of international road surface specification at test facilities, as well as on public roads. Test surfaces will include; Belgian Pavé, cobblestones, corrugated concrete, noise development and measurement surfaces, resonance road, and acceleration bumps.

Project Cullinan engineering mules will spend equal amounts of time testing on-road and off-road to ensure that the customer will experience the same unrivalled ride quality on loose surfaces and challenging terrain as they do on the road today.

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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