Dendrobium will be the first Singapore electric hypercar

Vanda Electrics, a company from Singapore, will reveal its first car at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It will be named Dendrobium in homage to an Asian genus of orchids. According to the company, this is due to the way the car opens its doors. But don’t expect anything delicate from this Singaporean flower. It will be shockingly fast.

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The Dendrobium is 5.54 m long, 2.27 m wide, 1.10 m tall and it has a wheelbase of 3.53 m. Maybe due to the very low seating position, as you can see in these early drawings of the car.

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The driver will be seating like one would in a F1 car. This is probably because the model has a Formula E-derived battery pack. It delivers up to 100 kWh to the 4 Yasa electric motors that power the hypercar. That is enough for them to deliver more than 1.1 MW and 4,000 Nm. According to the first reports, these figures lead the 1,750 kg hypercar from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.6 s and to a top speed of 400 km/h. Total range is 400 km in normal driving conditions, or else, if you do not try to reach its top speed of the lowest acceleration time possible.

Although the Dendrobium will be developed in Singapore, it will be built in the UK by no one less than the Williams F1 team. The first unit is expected to be delivered in 18 months from the Geneva revelation and no more than 20 will be made, according to Larissa Tan, Vanda Electrics CEO. All of them exclusively in righ-hand drive. No Dendrobium for you, left-hand countries.

 

 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.