The covers have come off Singapore’s first-ever hypercar, the Dendrobium, at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The brainchild of Singapore electric mobility company Vanda Electrics, the Dendrobium is a two-seater all-electric sports car concept which features a striking design and a target top speed in excess of 321km/h. Specialising in battery technology, research, innovation and design, Vanda Electrics is said to be one of Singapore’s leading e-mobility companies.
A project that has resided within the design team for many years, the Dendrobium is finally being realised thanks to the rapid advancements in electrification technology, which allows striking styling to be combined with high-performance compact e-powertrains. Vanda Electrics’ technical partner on the Dendrobium project is Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services division of the Williams Group. The division specializes in a number of core areas that are highly relevant to the Dendrobium, including aerodynamics, lightweight structures, vehicle integration and, of course, electrification.
Designed by Vanda’s in-house team, the Dendrobium’s remarkable shape incorporates an automatic roof and doors, which open in a synchronized manner, resembling a fully opened dendrobium flower, a genus of orchids native to Singapore. This unique feature is not just for show either – it also improves access to the cockpit, making ingress and egress easier than other hypercars. The teardrop shape that forms around the cockpit and ends in the tail (where the plug-in port is located, just behind a panel above the charging light which shows the status of the car’s battery) is a design feature that has remained a key part of the Dendrobium from the initial sketches.
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Other highlights of the Dendrobium’s exterior are the aerodynamic floor, rear double diffuser and front splitter. At the back, the rear light bar 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. The motorsport theme is continued in the materials used. In order to meet its target weight of 1750kg, the Dendrobium features a composite monocoque chassis, carbon fiber body panels, carbon ceramic brake discs and lightweight alloy calipers inside 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloy wheels, wrapped in Michelin high-performance tyres.
Although strictly a concept car at this stage, the Dendrobium has performance targets – top speed in excess of 321km/h and 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds. The project will feature the latest lithium-ion battery and electric powertrain technology.
If Vanda Electrics receives enough positive interest at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the first model is expected to hit the roads by 2020.
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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. We are looking forward to seeing the world’s reaction to Dendrobium. This electric hypercar may just be a concept for now, but we have every intention of putting it into production.”
Story originally appeared on Torque.