Rolls-Royce Spectre to sport new Spirit of Ecstasy ornament

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The upcoming Rolls-Royce Spectre will not only be the British luxury carmaker’s first fully electric vehicle but it will also sport a redesigned Spirit of Ecstasy. According to Rolls-Royce, the esteemed figurine has been subtly reshaped for the marque’s all-electric future.

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  • What changes were made to the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy?

    The new Spirit of Ecstasy design has her has one leg forward with her body tucked low, giving her a lower, more aerodynamic stance.
  • Which cars will be using the new Spirit of Ecstasy?

    Rolls-Royce said that the new Spirit of Ecstasy is earmarked for all of the brand's future offerings.
  • “One-hundred-eleven years ago today, the Spirit of Ecstasy became an official part of Rolls-Royce. Yet, she has come to represent a spiritual direction for our brand. Her form perfectly captures the marque — she leans forward, expressing our relentless pursuit of progress, and her dress gracefully flows in the wind, echoing the serenity of our products in motion. For Spectre and beyond, she becomes lower and more focused; braced for unprecedented speed and the exciting future her presence will define,” said Rolls-Royce Director of Design Anders Warming.

    The Spirit of Ecstasy donned by the Rolls-Royce Spectre will have a lower, more dynamic stance. Its predecessor stood at 100.01mm while the new “Silver Lady” stands at around 82.73mm tall.

    Previously, Rolls-Royce’s mascot stood with her feet together, legs straight, and tilting at the waist. Now, she has one leg forward with her body tucked low. Her robes, which flow behind her in the slipstream — often but erroneously referred to as “wings” — have also been subtly reshaped to make them more realistic.

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    The luxury carmaker believes that the redesigned Spirit of Ecstacy will contribute to the aerodynamic properties of its forthcoming EV, which as of the moment, clocks in with a drag coefficient (cd) of 0.26.

    Additionally, Rolls-Royce said that the redesigned Spirit of Ecstasy looks more like the drawings made by her original creator, Charles Sykes. This new version has been digitally sculpted at the Home of Rolls-Royce with the help of stylists at Goodwood.

    Continuing the brand’s long-standing tradition, the new Spirit of Ecstacy will be made using cire-perdue which will see each figurine individually finished by hand.

    “The Spirit of Ecstasy is the most famous and desirable automotive mascot in the world. More than just a symbol, she is the embodiment of our brand and a constant source of inspiration and pride for the marque and its clients. Like our brand, she has always moved with the times while staying true to her nature and character. In her new form, she is more streamlined and graceful than ever before – the perfect emblem for the most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce ever created, and for gracing the prow of our bold electric future,” said Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

    The new Spirit of Ecstacy is expected to be used on future Rolls-Royce models although the luxury brand says that the current figurine design will still be used on the Phantom, Ghost, Wraith, Dawn, and Cullinan and their Black Badge alter egos where applicable.

    Photos from Rolls-Royce

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