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German race team's limited-edition road-going EV has up to 279 miles of range and a £113,346 price tag

German endurance-racing team Vanwall has launched a new electric road car with a design that pays homage to the Vanwall name's English heritage. 

Named the Vandervell, the limited-edition EV takes the form of a lightweight hot hatchback with four doors and an emphasis on aerodynamics.

The S marks the entry point into the range, available with four-wheel drive and 315bhp, hitting 0-62mph in 4.9sec while claiming 279 miles of range. Top speed stands at 114mph. 

The more powerful Plus, meanwhile, produces 572bhp, slashing the 0-62mph sprint time down to 3.4sec and upping its top speed to 144mph. Range drops slightly, however, to 260 miles. 

Vanwall vandervell front dynamic

Just 500 examples of the Vandervell will be produced at the firm’s Greding facility, with prices starting at €128,000 (£113,346). Deliveries are due to begin in the third quarter of 2023. 

The hot hatch features aggressive fenders and large cooling intakes, as well as 22in alloy wheels with low-profile tyres. Kerb weight hasn't been announced, but it does feature a lightweight carbonfibre splitter, side skirts and rear spoiler. 

Despite its high performance, the EV has been geared towards comfort inside, with “outstanding ergonomics”, references to motorsport and “special attention” given to the driving position. 

No images of the interior have been published yet, but it has been confirmed to feature exposed carbonfibre and leather. 

Vanwall said customers can have any exterior colour they desire applied to their car. 

Vanwall vandervell rear dynamic

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Last year, Vanwall announced that it would produce a road-legal version of the Vandervell 1000 Hypercar Le Mans racer as a rival to the Aston Martin Valkyrie. That car will likely produce around 1000bhp from a lightweight V8 engine. 

It’s currently in a development test phase that has taken place both on the road and on the track.

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sabre 16 January 2023

Who will buy a German SUV with a British F1 name? 

British people, of course.

xxxx 17 January 2023

Actually no one will as this is not an SUV.

Blue328 16 January 2023

With 315 bhp, why is it so slow?

shiftright 16 January 2023

EVs are not light.

xxxx 17 January 2023

When you say 'why so slow'... 315 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, Type R 325 0-60 in 5.4 seconds.  

Peter Cavellini 16 January 2023

Hyundai are doing a Car with all the performance, well made for about half that.