Singapore start-up Vanda Electrics has launched an electric hypercar, called the Dendrobium, at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Singapore has launched its first all-electric hypercar, the 200mph Dendrobium. Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, it’s the brainchild of Singapore electric mobility experts Vanda Electrics with a significant amount of the engineering undertaken by Williams in the UK.
Known as the Dendrobium, the machine might sound like something from Game of Thrones but the car features a neat party trick – synchronised opening doors and roof – which inspired its rather unusual name. When it’s open, the hypercar resembles a fully-opened dendrobium flower, a genus of orchids native to Singapore. This elaborate entrance also improves access to the cockpit.
But does the perfomance live up to the company’s hypercar claims? The Dendrobium is capable hitting 60mph in just 2.7 seconds, and can go onto a top speed of 200mph thanks to a two-speed transmission.
Vanda Electrics is a company that specialises in battery technology, research, innovation and design – being one of Singapore's leading e-mobility companies. The Dendrobium project has been in the making for a number of years, but has recently become a reality thanks to rapid advancements in battery and motor technology.
The development of the car was in good hands too: Vanda Electrics’ technical partner is Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services division of the Williams Group. The division specialises in areas that are highly relevant to Dendrobium, including aerodynamics, lightweight structures, vehicle integration and, of course, electrification. Williams Advanced Engineering has taken the project from the design stage to dynamic concept car.
It’s a special thing, with a rear light bar that 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. Like a lot of electric cars, there’s no getting away from the weight of batteries and motors, but it’s targeted at under 1750kg.
Larissa Tan, Vanda Electrics CEO said: ‘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.’