Vanda Electrics Dendrobium EV Concept Revealed
An intriguing concept car, the electric-powered Vanda Electrics Dendrobium was unveiled in Geneva. While there are still plenty of significant details to be worked out before it ever hits the streets, the team behind the Dendrobium are committed to having it become Singapore’s first-ever supercar. To help improve the chances of that happening, Vanda has secured Williams Advanced Engineering as a technical partner. That’s the same F1-affiliated operation behind development of cars like the Aston Martin RapideE Concept and Jaguar’s stunning C-X75 and currently serves as the official battery supplier to the FIA’s Formula E racing series.
The brief for the Dendrobium is impressive. Named after an exotic species of orchid, this carbon fiber-intensive exercise aims for a top speed of 200 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 2.7 seconds. While drivetrain specifics remain a work in process, Vanda is looking at using at least three and possibly four advanced electric motors that collectively develop an estimated 1,000 horsepower. That motive force will be sent to all four wheels with a unique drive and differential setup at each axle. Vanda Electrics CEO, Larissa Tan plans to use the car’s appearance in Geneva to help gauge global reaction to the Dendrobium. If the project generate sufficient favorable response, the first of what would be a very limited production run could be in the pipeline by 2020.