Hypercar from Singapore: What’s a Dendrobium?

  • Global debut at March 2017 Geneva auto show
  • High-performance, zero-emissions, two-seater
  • Vanda partner is Williams Advanced Engineering
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VANDA DENDROBIUM: Flower-power hypercar from Singapore: Image: Vanda / Newspress

SINGAPORE, Asia – A “pure-electric revolution” will be a stand at the 2017 Geneva auto show in March but one unlike any shown before. It’s the Dendrobium, Singapore’s first hypercar.

The high-performance two-seater concept was created by Singapore electric mobility experts Vanda Electrics and, its maker says, “mixes striking design with the latest in e-powertrain development”.

Questions: Would you drive something that looks like the Batmobile? In public? Would anybody want to ride with you?

VANDA DENDROBIUM: Flower-power hypercar from Singapore: Image: Vanda / Newspress
VANDA DENDROBIUM: Flower-power hypercar from Singapore: Image: Vanda / Newspress

Whatever, the Dendrobium’s high-tech components will be clothed in what Vanda describes as “a remarkable body featuring an automatic roof and doors, which open in a synchronised, theatrical manner that resembles a fully-opened dendrobium flower, a genus of orchids native to Singapore”.

RACE-BRED AERODYNAMICS

Vanda has engaged Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services division of the Williams Group which 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 drive trains.

The car’s interior will have the finest Scottish leather from Bridge of Weir Leather which sources the best hides from the best heritage breeds and has adopted the very latest technology. The result is the world’s lowest-carbon tannery and leather product.

The car, Vanda says, is the latest step in a global strategy to revolutionise zero-emissions vehicles and follows a commercial vehicle andan  e-scooter.

FLOWER POWER: The Dendrobium, after which the Vanda hypercar is named. Image: Google
FLOWER POWER: The Dendrobium, after which the Vanda hypercar is named. Image: Google
  •      Further Dendrobium details will be revealed in the coming months.
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