This all-electric hypercar is targeting a top speed of over 200 mph – with a little help from Williams F1 Engineering.
Teased earlier this year, Singapore’s first ever hypercar has been revealed at Geneva dubbed the Dendrobium, with a striking design and a target top speed of over 200 mph. The two-seater sports car concept is the work of Vanda Electrics, an e-mobility company based in Singapore specializing in battery technology, research, innovation and design. Having already revealed an electric commercial vehicle and mini scooter, the high-performance Dendrobium will sit in the luxury car sector.
The project has been in the pipeline for years, but advancements in electrification technology has only made it possible now. “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," said Vanda's chief executive Larissa Tan. "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.” Like the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG Project One, the Dendrobium has a technical partner with some serious racing credentials.
Williams Advanced Engineering of F1 fame has been enlisted as a key technical partner to develop the electric powertrain, as well as providing its expertise on aerodynamics, lightweight structures and vehicle integration. For now, the Dendrobium is being revealed as a concept car at this stage, but Vanda says that if it does go into production it will utilize two inboard- mounted electric motors at each axle. These motors would then be paired to a single-speed gearbox and differential at the front, along with a multi-speed gearbox and differential at the rear. Top speed is targeted at over 200 mph, with a 0-62 mph time of 2.7 seconds.
As you can see from the official shots and photos taken from the Geneva show, the design of the Dendrobium is decidedly dramatic, sporting an automatic roof and doors which open in a synchronized manner to resemble a fully-opened dendrobium flower – which, of course, is where the mouthful of a name is derived from. It has a practical use, though, as it allows easier access to the cockpit. The Dendrobium is lightweight too, weighing just 1,750 kg thanks to its composite monocoque chassis, carbon fiber body panels and ceramic brake discs, and lightweight alloy calipers.
Elsewhere, the Dendrobium features an aerodynamic floor, double rear diffuser, front splitter and 20-inch alloys at the front and 21-inch alloys at the rear. You also can’t ignore its outlandish LED taillight stretching across the width of the rear wing. Vanda Electrics is monitoring public perception of its ambitious electric hypercar to determine if the Dendrobium goes into production – in which case, the first model is expected to roll off the assembly line before 2020.