Williams Advanced Engineering is helping to develop the concept's electric drivetrain.
Singapore now has its first-ever homegrown hypercar, and it matches a floral name with outrageous looks. The Dendrobium is named after a genus of orchids, and it joins a growing list of electric coupes that are demonstrating ways of driving green while being capable of high speeds.
The Dendrobium has a design more reminiscent of a spaceship than a flower. The two teaser images reveal a low-slung, heavily creased body. A pointed nose pokes way out in front of the fenders, and there’s a similar spike at the tip of the tail. The roof and doors “open in a synchronized, theatrical manner, resembling a fully-opened dendrobium,” according to model’s announcement. We’re curious to see what that means. “Imagine something like the gullwing doors on a 300SL Mercedes, but even more intricate,” Sam Hardy, a spokesperson for the project, told Motor1 when we asked for details about the odd design.
Inside, the two-seat cabin features “world’s lowest carbon leather.” The hides come from Scottish maker Bridge of Weir that uses modern techniques to make production greener.
Before we get too excited about the Dendrobium, Vanda Electrics, the company leading this project, says that the model premiering at the Geneva Motor Show is just a concept. It’s not discussing anything about the powertrain yet beyond vague assurances that the hypercar has the “latest in e-powertrain development.” However, the firm has hired Williams Advanced Engineering as a technical partner to build this initial model and develop the Dendrobium further.
Vanda Electrics is also behind the charmingly odd Motochimp electric scooter. The design looks like a modern rendition of the classic Honda Z-series of minibikes. With a range of just 37 miles (60 kilometers), Vanda Electrics targets the cute little things at the denizens of crowded cities who want a nimble way to get around.
Source: Vanda Electrics
Gallery: Dendrobium EV Hypercar Teaser
THE DENDROBIUM: SINGAPORE’S FIRST-EVER HYPERCAR
Singapore’s first hypercar, the all-electric Dendrobium concept, will make its global debut at this March’s Geneva Motor Show
High performance zero emission two-seater comes from Singapore electric mobility experts Vanda Electrics
Vanda Electrics’ technical partner is Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services division of the Williams Group
Dendrobium will feature advanced aerodynamics, lightweight composite structures and electric powertrain development
Its interior will boast the world’s lowest carbon leather from Bridge of Weir Leather Company
Further details will be revealed in the coming months
Singapore, 18 January 2017
A fully electric revolution is heading to this year’s Geneva Motor Show in the shape of the Dendrobium, Singapore’s first-ever hypercar.
Making its global debut on March 7th, the high performance two-seater concept is the brainchild of Singapore electric mobility experts Vanda Electrics and mixes striking design with the latest in e-powertrain development.
Dendrobium’s high-tech componentry will be clothed in a remarkable body featuring an automatic roof and doors, which open in a synchronized, theatrical manner, resembling a fully-opened dendrobium flower, a genus of orchids native to Singapore.
Vanda Electrics has engaged Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services division of the Williams Group – which also includes Williams Martini Racing – as its technical partner to build the Dendrobium concept and assist in future project development. The division specialises in race-bred aerodynamics, composites, batteries and electric drivetrains.
The interior of the Dendrobium will feature the finest Scottish leather from Bridge of Weir Leather Company, which sources the best hides from the best heritage breeds and has adopted the very latest technology. The result is the lowest carbon tannery and leather product in the world.
Marking the latest step in Vanda Electrics’ global strategy to revolutionise zero emissions vehicles, the Dendrobium follows on from a commercial vehicle (http://vandaelectrics.com/pro-anttruck) and e-scooter (http://motochimp.com). Further Dendrobium details will be revealed in the coming months.
Vanda Electrics CEO Larissa Tan, explained: “Dendrobium is the first Singaporean hypercar and the culmination of Vanda Electrics’ expertise in design and technology. We are delighted to be working with Williams Advanced Engineering, world-leaders in aerodynamics, composites and electric powertrains and Bridge of Weir Leather Company, makers of the finest, lowest-carbon leather in the world. The Dendrobium is inspired by nature and rooted in technology, a marriage of design and engineering – I can’t wait to reveal the car to the world in March.”
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