This March at the Geneva Motor Show the world will see for the first time what a Singaporean hypercar looks like. Mind you, the Dendrobium by Vanda Electrics is no ordinary hypercar but an all-electric one like Rimac Concept One. And since the Croatian car turned out to be a magnificent creation we should dismiss Dendrobium out of hand as a flight of Singaporean fancy. It could well be the new Tesla.
That’s the thing about electric cars: they are much easier to develop than the traditional super cars because it’s usually the super car engine that brings about the ruination of an aspiring manufacturer. The automotive history is full of examples of young and ambitious individuals and even firms with great ideas for the ultimate hypercar who found all too quickly making a hyper engine is no easy task. Even Koenigsseg started out with someone else’s engine blocks and Pagani still buys their motors from AMG.
Electric car makers don’t have that problem. In essence, all electric motors are exactly the same. It’s only a matter of how many of them you want to put in your car, how you want to regulate the power, and how are going to feed them. In the case of the Dendrobium, Vanda had an even easier time developing the thing as they hired Williams Advanced Engineering to do all the engineering work. This way they could focus on designing a cool body with automatic roof and doors which, when open, make the car look like a dendrobium flower, a genus of orchids native to Singapore.
Vanda Electrics CEO Larissa Tan, explained: “Dendrobium is the first Singaporean hypercar and the culmination of Vanda Electrics’ expertise in design and technology. We are delighted to be working with Williams Advanced Engineering, world-leaders in aerodynamics, composites and electric powertrains and Bridge of Weir Leather Company, makers of the finest, lowest-carbon leather in the world. The Dendrobium is inspired by nature and rooted in technology, a marriage of design and engineering – I can’t wait to reveal the car to the world in March.”