Wiesmann Opens Reservations For $288,000 Retro Electric Sports Car

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You'll need around $2,900 to reserve one for yourself.

After a fairly tumultuous spiral into bankruptcy, many feared we had heard the last from Wiesmann. But the little-known automaker wasn't going down without a fight and, after finding itself a new owner, the German firm is back with a retro-styled electric roadster called Project Thunderball.

If, by looking at the accompanying images, you've suddenly developed a deep-seated desire to own the retro-styled sports car, you'll be pleased to know that Wiesmann is officially taking reservations for Project Thunderball. You best have deep pockets, though, as the reservation fee is a rather steep €3,000 (approx. $2,900).

"Project Thunderball is the car that will bring Wiesmann into the new electrified era. Since revealing the car in April, we have seen an overwhelming response from potential customers," said owner and CEO Roheen Berry.

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The first customers are expected to get their hands on Project Thunderball by 2024, but not before handing over a check for €300,000 (approx. $288,000 at current exchange rates) before options. So, what are wealthy buyers getting in return for this sizeable chunk of change? After all, that's Bentley territory.

Well, there's plenty of speed and performance for a start. Under that pretty body, you'll find two rear-mounted electric motors that produce a total of 670 horsepower. That translates into some fairly impressive acceleration figures, with Wiesmann claiming it will hit 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. Six seconds later, you'll be silently cruising along at 124 mph.

If you get a bit carried away with all that power and find the batteries need a top-up, don't worry. Weismann claims the 800-volt electrical architecture can charge "extremely fast with up to 300kW DC fast charging" at a public fast charger. The maximum range is said to be 300 miles, but that figure has probably been calculated using the WLTP method.

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Compared to Wiesmann models of old, Project Thunderball is a vastly different creature. Older creations from the boutique automaker gained motivation from some of BMW's greatest engines. The MF3 Roadster, for example, was powered by the legendary S54 inline-six from the E46 generation BMW M3.

Later models moved on to V8 engines supplied by the German automaker and, for a brief moment, you could even purchase a Wiesmann with the E60 M5's 5.0-liter V10 engine. Even though the means of motivation have changed, Project Thunderball stays true to its roots with the old-school styling and a suitably upmarket interior.

The craftsmanship is clear to see, with swathes of leather and carbon fiber filling the compact cabin. But unlike past models, there are more appurtenances of modern motoring. Some may find the seven centrally-mounted dials a bit much, though.

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Despite Wiesmann's best efforts, Project Thunderball is relatively heavy for a sports car and tips the scales at just over 3,747 lbs. Then again, that's not too bad for an electric vehicle. The automaker has kept the weight down through the liberal use of carbon fiber in the vehicle's construction.

Speaking of construction, Wiesmann says Project Thunderball will be built at the company's Gecko facility in Germany. This state-of-the-art factory is where a small team will lovingly craft every example. "The car is driving beautifully and our investment in the technology such as the regenerative braking and latest battery technology has paid off," concluded Berry.

There's no word yet as to whether Project Thunderball will be made available in the United States, but we're guessing more than a handful of enthusiasts will be willing to cough up for the electric roadster.

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