Project Cullinan 'mule'
Rolls-Royce working on an AWD model
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30th June, 2015
The first engineering mule for a new shorter Rolls-Royce car with
all-wheel drive has commenced development duty on public roads near the Goodwood factory in southern England.
This early engineering mule, based on a shortened Phantom Series II body, has been made 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 that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars first mentioned publicly in February this year.
Jaguar XJ 3.0D LWB
road test .....
The mule rides on the first iteration of an all-new suspension that will assist Rolls-Royce engineers develop a final
all-wheel drive system that delivers Rolls-Royce’s “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 buyers
will experience close to the same ride quality on loose surfaces and challenging terrain as they do on the road.