Singapore-based Vanda Electrics unveiled its own electric hypercar at the Geneva Motor Show today. The company already produces electric light commercial vehicles and scooters, but this new hypercar, called Dendrobium, is the first passenger car for the company.
The company partnered with Williams Advanced Engineering, one of the main companies that developed the powertrain of the Formula E’s first vehicles, to build the powertrain of the Dendrobium.
But the design and body was made by Vanda:
“Highlights of Dendrobium’s exterior are the aerodynamic floor, rear double diffuser and front splitter. At the back, the rear light bar elegantly floats over the tail of the car, and throughout the design there is pure, motorsport-inspired functionality, such as the exposed double wishbone front and rear suspension. That motorsport theme is continued in the materials used. In order to meet its target weight of 1,750kg, Dendrobium features a composite monocoque chassis, carbon fibre body panels, carbon ceramic brake discs and lightweight alloy calipers inside 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloy wheels, wrapped in Michelin high performance tyres.”
They released a few pictures:
The interior features leather from Scotland’s Bridge of Weir Leather Company and carbon fiber:
“Carbon fiber is also used extensively in the interior, fitting with Dendrobium’s minimalist but functional design brief. Step inside and it is immediately obvious that the driver is the absolute centre of attention. He or she enjoys a bright red body-hugging sports seat – which contrasts dramatically with the predominately black interior. Both driver and passenger seats feature stitching and motifs inspired by muscle fibres.”
Here are a few more pictures:
Larissa Tan, Vanda Electrics CEO, said about the announcement:
“Dendrobium is the culmination of a dream. Our design team has had sketches of an electric hypercar on the drawing board since the mid-90s, but that vision was many years ahead of its time. As electric technology has advanced, we have been able to revisit this vision and now, as we launch our revolutionary global e-mobility strategy, the timing is finally right for us to take the wraps off a halo model.”
The Dendrobium has a top speed “in excess of 200 mph and 0-60 mph acceleration time of 2.7 seconds.” Vanda expects to hit production in 2020.
While it’s yet another all-electric
supercar hypercar, it’s interesting to see an evolution from tech developed for the Formula E to consumer vehicles.