- Singapore’s first hypercar, the all-electric Dendrobium concept, will make its global debut at this March’s Geneva Motor Show
- High performance zero emission two-seater comes from Singapore electric mobility experts Vanda Electrics
- Vanda Electrics’ technical partner is Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services division of the Williams Group
- Dendrobium will feature advanced aerodynamics, lightweight composite structures and electric powertrain development
- Its interior will boast the world’s lowest carbon leather from Bridge of Weir Leather Company
- Further details will be revealed in the coming months, myAutoWorld will have full coverage from the Geneva Motor Show
Singapore, 18 January 2017
A fully electric revolution is heading to this year’s Geneva Motor Show in the shape of the Dendrobium, Singapore’s first-ever hypercar.
Making its global debut on March 7th, the high performance two-seater concept is the brainchild of Singapore electric mobility experts Vanda Electrics and mixes striking design with the latest in e-powertrain development.
Dendrobium’s high-tech componentry will be clothed in a remarkable body featuring an automatic roof and doors, which open in a synchronized, theatrical manner, resembling a fully-opened dendrobium flower, a genus of orchids native to Singapore.
Vanda Electrics has engaged Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services division of the Williams Group – which also 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 drivetrains.
The interior of the Dendrobium will feature the finest Scottish leather from Bridge of Weir Leather Company, which sources the best hides from the best heritage breeds and has adopted the very latest technology. The result is the lowest carbon tannery and leather product in the world.
Marking the latest step in Vanda Electrics’ global strategy to revolutionise zero emissions vehicles, the Dendrobium follows on from a commercial vehicle (http://vandaelectrics.com/pro-anttruck) and e-scooter (http://motochimp.com). Further Dendrobium details will be revealed in the coming months.
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.”
About Vanda Electrics:
Vanda Electrics is developing electric transportation solutions to capitalize on the global shift towards electric mobility. Under the Vanda umbrella, a suite of electric mobility products and battery storage technologies will be made available to the market, with a focus on three key segments, Hyper Luxury, Consumer and Industrials. With a global view on business, Vanda has forged strategic ties with partners in the U.K., U.S. and Asia to facilitate our time-to-market and reinforce our offerings.
About Williams Advanced Engineering:
Williams is a leading Formula One team and advanced engineering company. Formed in 1977 by Sir Frank Williams and Sir Patrick Head, the company has secured 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles since its foundation. The company’s core competencies are the design and manufacture of Formula One race cars, and the deployment of this expertise in running the team’s entries into the Grand Prix each season under the name Williams Martini Racing.
Williams has diversified its operations beyond Formula One and in 2010 established Williams Advanced Engineering, an engineering services and technology division. Williams Advanced Engineering combines cutting edge technology and the industry’s best engineers, with a precision and speed to market derived from four decades of success in the ultra-competitive environment of Formula One.
The business provides world class technical innovation, engineering, testing, manufacturing and operational consulting services to the automotive, motorsport, defence, aerospace, health and energy sectors. Working in close collaboration with their customers and partners, the company creates energy efficient performance to meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st Century.
About Bridge of Weir Leather Company
Bridge of Weir has been at the forefront of innovation and quality for over a century. Where there have been major advances in motoring, furniture or travel, Bridge of Weir leather played its part, featuring in icons as diverse as the Ford Model T to the Charles Eames Lounge Chair to Concorde.
Since 1905, Bridge of Weir has continuously innovated, adopting the latest technology, and, since 2009, boasts the lowest carbon tannery and leather product in the world. But, the product quality and its unique appeal are still based on the same principles.
Only the finest hides sourced from the best heritage breeds are used, pure water – the same as used to distill malt whiskies, and generations of hand-finished craftsmanship create a unique alchemy resulting in the finest Scottish Leather.