Future Rolls-Royce models will soon be underpinned by a new aluminum space-frame after the company announced that they have began testing the new architecture on development cars.

First announced back in February 2015, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars new aluminum space-frame will arrive in the market by early 2018. As this test mule shows, the new platfom is being assessed on public roads in various locations around the world. The current testing phase aims to ensure that the new space-frame structure perfectly delivers Rolls-Royce’s trademark ‘magic-carpet ride’ on a variety of surfaces and that it is resilient to extreme weather conditions.

“Since 2003 and the commissioning of the new Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has reset the benchmark for luxury motoring. Now it is time to take the next step in the luxury journey. This is why I am announcing today that on-road testing of our all-new proprietary architecture is beginning. This new architecture of pure luxury represents considerable investment in the future of our great brand,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

There is no word yet what production model will first get the aluminum space-frame.