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Dendrobium Automotive was founded to produce D-1, created in conjunction with Williams Advanced Engineering

The D-1, the first in an upcoming range of electric road cars from Dendrobium Automotive, will be developed and built in the UK, the newly created company has announced. 

Due for reveal later this summer at Salon Privé, the D-1 is being developed by Dendrobium, a new company that falls under Singapore-based Vanda Electrics and led by Nigel Gordon-Stewart, former sales and marketing executive at McLaren and Lamborghini, and ex-associate director at Lotus. 

Dendrobium will eventually use solid-state batteries to power the D-1 and is developing all of the car's technology in the UK. “We are developing unique cabling and connector systems, as well as our own complete vehicle integration and ADAS hardware and software. From a technical perspective, the D-1 will be a British engineering tour de force,” said Gordon-Stewart.

A power output of 1800bhp and torque of 1475lb ft are targeted for the D-1, while the powertrain will be tuned to deliver the project’s two main targets: 200mph and 0-60mph in 2.7sec. A target weight of 1750kg has also been set. A mixture of carbonfibre, advanced composites and alloys have been employed to help keep the car's weight down. Construction is centred on a carbonfibre tub. 

Other board members of Dendrobium include former Ferrari, Pagani and Rimac executive Jens Sverdrup. The board is chaired by Michael Kimberley, co-founder of Lotus Engineering.

A concept of the electric supercar, called Vanda Dendrobium, made its debut in March at the Geneva motor show. It is now being lined up for production and is expected to command a seven-figure price tag. Vanda Electrics said it has already received a number of orders.

 

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There is also work to be done on the interior packaging, which places the occupants too far outboard and pinned against an intrusive door trim.

Remarkably, the car’s design dates to 1996 and was created by an unnamed designer. According to Tan, it was revised “in the mid-2000s”, but the designer wishes to remain anonymous.

Vanda Electrics is a privately funded engineering company with investors in the US and China.

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