The winged electric wonder you see here is called the Dendrobium hypercar and its developed right here in Singapore by the folks at Vanda Electrics.
Evidently from the sketches here, it’s still a concept in the making, although company representatives have shared their goal of unveiling an actual prototype at the 2017 Geneva Motorshow.
Arguably ahead of its time, especially with all the hype around electric cars such as Tesla’s new Tesla 3, the Dendrobium could well be a runway hit for both insane Transformers-esque aesthetics and a battery powered 1,500bhp with torque figures that double up on power. All at once manic and alluring, the car’s zero emissions set-up could just have both motoring enthusiasts and earth-loving vegan hippies pleased with the outcome.
In collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering (part of the Williams F1 team), and EPTA, a London-based design firm, the Dendrobium concept looks a bit like a crossover of a F1 car and a Batmobile, with a biomorphic twist in its DNA.
Explaining the resemblance to that evolution of Nature, a representative from Vanda Electric said: “the inspiration behind the name comes for a genus of orchids called Dendrobium. The Dendrobium orchid is also the inspiration for the design of the car.” Low slung and built with lightweight high-strength materials such as carbon fibre and aluminium, the car certainly looks like it can blaze through anything in its way.
Other aspects of technology include its battery weight. The hypercar has been designed to carry between 90 and 100 kWh of batteries – this provides it with an impressive 400km/249 mi range, allowing it to reach an adrenaline-pumping speed of 400 km/h.
Given that the car is still in initial stages of development, some of the technical details have yet to be finalized, what’s going in under the hood is still pure conjecture. The bet is on that thanks to the company’s capital of $10 million and partnershp with the Williams Advanced Engineering team, it won’t be shabby. What the company expects though, is a car that’s going to be really quick off the mark. “We foresee the car’s acceleration from 0 to 100km to be under 3 seconds,” said the company.
With regards to the competition, the Dendrobium is one that promises to stand out on its own. “When we started designing and engineering the Dendrobium hypercar, we were not going up against any other supercar or hypercar brands. Each brand is different and has its own identity. Likewise with Dendrobium, its identity is very different from these cars,” said the company. However, should everything go along as planned, we reckon the Dendrobium could be able to take on the world’s best and possibly even outshine them with its zero emissions trait.
But until that happens, our eyes are currently looking at other developments in the electric sports car scene. New start-ups were seen at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas touting similar electric dreams. Case in point: Faraday Future, a little-known electric car start-up backed by Chinese tech billionare, Yueting. Their car: A sleek single seat, all-electric sportscar called FFZero1 with a rated output of some 1,000bhp.
Then again, competition could be the very thing to push the development of such appetite whetting machines.