Sin­ga­pore-de­signed su­per­car opens up like an or­chid

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Sin­ga­pore: It might be the For­mula One week­end in Sin­ga­pore, but be­yond the race track, a Sin­ga­pore-de­signed su­per­car has stolen some of the lime­light with its home­com­ing.

The Den­dro­bium, a fully elec­tric su­per­car which its de­sign­ers and engi­neers say will reach a top speed of more than 320kph and go from zero to 96.5kph in 2.7 sec­onds, was un­veiled at the VinCar show­room here ear­lier this week.

The ma­chine, which has doors and a rooftop that dra­mat­i­cally un­furl up­wards and back­wards in sync like an or­chid in bloom, and a teardrop-shaped body, made its de­but in March at the Geneva In­ter­na­tional Car Show.

VinCar, a multi-la­bel au­to­mo­bile deal­ers, is the of­fi­cial dealer for the Den­dro­bium in Asean. Those in­ter­ested to view and buy the made-to- or­der car can make an ap­point­ment.

The two-seater car, which has a chas­sis of light­weight car­bon fi­bre, is a zero-emis­sion ride and boasts leather in­te­ri­ors made at Bridge of Weir, a Scot­tish tan­ning com­pany known for its low car­bon foot­print.

Sin­ga­pore-based Vanda Electrics, which con­cep­tu­alised and de­signed the pro­to­type, says an­other sell­ing point is that the Den­dro­bium is ex­tremely be­spoke.

The colour, fin­ish and ma­te­ri­als of the in­te­ri­ors can all be cus­tomised. Even the car’s ex­te­rior and fea­tures such as grilles and fend­ers can be tweaked to a cus­tomer’s lik­ing.

Back in 2016, Vanda Electrics took its ini­tial sketches and 3D con­cept mod­els to Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing, the technology divi­sion of the Wil­liams For­mula One team, which then en­gi­neered and built the car in Bri­tain. The car is cur­rently in the pro­to­type stage, with pro­jected per­for­mance fig­ures based on pre­lim­i­nary stud­ies.

When the car made its Geneva de­but, Vanda Electrics had no se­ri­ous in­ten­tion of pro­duc­ing it – the first it has built – for the road.

Vanda Electrics, which pumped in S$7mil (RM21.7mil) with the help of an­gel in­vestors to make the pro­to­type, was en­cour­aged to put it up for sale af­ter pos­i­tive re­sponse at the mo­tor show.

The Den­dro­bium comes with an eye-wa­ter­ing price tag that is ex­pected to start at US$2.5mil (RM12.5mil).

Buy­ers need to have not only deep pock­ets, but also lots of pa­tience – the Den­dro­bium is slated to be ready only by 2020, if things go as planned.

— AFP

Bloom time: Guests tak­ing a look at the Den­dro­bium dur­ing its launch in Sin­ga­pore.

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