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Friday, April 15, 2016

A Singapore firm been prepared to build an electric supercar

When the automotive world were vying to create a vehicle that is driven by alternative energy, such as electricity, hydrogen and others. So it is not surprising that today in different corners of the world, popping up a lot of concept vehicles.

It also makes Singapore, an island country in Southeast Asia that are interested and even preparing to introduce their first local electric supercar named 'Dendrobium,' the supercar name derived of an orchid genus.
Singapore's Dendrobium electric supercar set to launch in Geneva Motor Show 2017. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1ZPnKJ)
As quoted of the Straits Times, Dendrobium is an electric-powered supercar. Uniquely, this eco-friendly supercar was developed by the SME (small and medium enterprises) named Vanda Electrics in collaboration with an F1 engineering giant.

With an initial investment of $10 million over the first two years, Vanda Electrics - a unit of family- owned Wong Fong Engineering Works - expects the two-door, two-seater hard-top to be ready for next year's Geneva Motor Show.
The Dendrobium supercar is named after a Singaporean orchid genus. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1ZPnKJ)
Wong Fong says Vanda Electrics has already secured funding from Titan Capital, a United States-based lender The supercar will be use a lot of aluminum and carbon fiber to cut the car weight. 

Vanda has engaged London-based design firm EPTA to design the low-slung, eye-popping, carbon/aluminium body, which includes a super-low front grill and an interesting open rear section that looks like it's designed to feature moving active aerodynamics.

Besides that, Vanda has also engaged Williams Advanced Engineering,  an engineering services and technology unit of the Williams group of companies, to embark on the ambitious project. As we all knew, Williams which is British, has one of the world's top F1 teams. 

Rear view of Dendrobium supercar. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1ZPnKJ)
The Wong Fong spokesman said the Dendrobium will be able to hit 100 km/h in under 3 seconds, "putting it comfortably in the performance range of hypercars". And according to preliminary spec sheets, it'll be a 1,500 horsepower battery-powered monster that will put out some 4,000 Newton-meters of torque.

The Dendrobium will carry between 90 and 100 kWh of batteries, giving it a range around 400 km/249 mi (roughly 8 times across Singapore and back) and a top speed around 400 km/h. 
It will use similar lithium-ion batteries that found in Formula E race cars, which are supplied by Williams. The car will have all-wheel torque vectoring.
The company is responsible for the interior and exterior design of the car, the basic architecture (which includes the way the doors open), as well as the branding and positioning.

Vanda tells us we should expect to see the Dendrobium eco-friendly supercar in the flesh at Geneva in 2017, ahead of a limited production run of 10 customer cars, for which there's no current pricing available. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DENDROBIUM MOTORS | GIZMAGSTRAITS TIMES]
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