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The wraps have been taken off the Den­dro­bium, Sin­ga­pore’s first hy­per­car, which is ca­pa­ble of speeds in ex­cess of 320 kilo­me­tres per hour.

De­signed by elec­tric mo­bil­ity ex­perts Vanda Electrics, the strik­ing two-seater sports car con­cept in­cor­po­rates an au­to­matic roof and doors, which open in a syn­chro­nised man­ner, re­sem­bling a fully-opened den­dro­bium flower, a genus of or­chid na­tive to Sin­ga­pore.

The tear drop shape that forms around the cock­pit and ends in the tail – where the plug-in port is lo­cated, just be­hind a panel above the charg­ing light – is a de­sign fea­ture that has re­mained a key part of Den­dro­bium from the ini­tial sketches.

Other high­lights of the ve­hi­cle’s ex­te­rior are its aero­dy­namic floor, rear dou­ble dif­fuser and front split­ter.

To meet its tar­get weight of 1750 kg, Den­dro­bium fea­tures a com­pos­ite mono­coque chas­sis, car­bon fi­bre body pan­els, car­bon ce­ramic brake discs and light­weight al­loy calipers inside 51-cm front and 53.3-cm rear al­loy wheels, wrapped in Miche­lin high-per­for­mance tyres.

Al­though strictly a con­cept ve­hi­cle, de­sign­ers are tar­get­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion of 0-95 km/h in 2.7 sec­onds by util­is­ing the lat­est lithium-ion bat­tery and elec­tric pow­er­train tech­nol­ogy.

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