Following its global debut at the Geneva motor show last year, the Dendrobium D-1 electric hypercar has taken its next steps towards production with an all new company now being established in the UK.
The 200 mph EV will be officially presented in public for the first time in Britain at Salon Privé, which takes place in the grounds of Blenheim Palace at the end of next month.
The Dendrobium D-1 was originally a basic electric hypercar design concept, created in the mid-1990s, by Vanda Electrics, a Singaporean product design company.
In 2016 the sketched designs were handed over to Formula 1 specialists Williams Advanced Engineering with a brief for them to create a working prototype integrating many features of the car that would appear on the version unveiled at Geneva.
Dendrobium says a new management team has now been recruited to take the D-1 into its next phase of development.
And heading the team as company chairman and CEO is Nigel Gordon-Stewart, a man who formerly served as a sales and marketing executive at McLaren and later Lamborghini, and who was also at one point an associate director at Lotus.
“Using the very latest technology, we are developing, what will be, the most impressive all-electric hypercar. We are designing our own in-house all-electric power train and we plan to use our own power storage cells moving to solid state as and when the technology is reliable and financially viable,” claims Gordon-Stewart. “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.”
“The car is all carbon-fibre, advanced composites and alloys which are superlight and super strong,” adds Jens Sverdrup, another member of the Dendrobium team – and another member with a background in the supercar industry having worked with Lamborghini, Ferrari, Pagani, Koenigsegg, and, last but not least, Croatian newcomer Rimac. “The construction of the D-1 is based on a unique ‘Protocell’ carbon tub which possesses future adaptability for further generations of Dendrobium e-performance cars. Apart from advanced vehicle technology, the D-1 has enormous drama and presence thanks to our unique ‘Bio-Aerial Locomotion’ door and roof opening system which was inspired by the Dendrobium name.”
The headline specification targets of the two-seater D-1 are exactly what you would expect from a hypercar: 1,800 bhp, 1475 lb-ft of torque, and a weight of no more than 1,750 kgs. The car will also aim to deliver a top speed in excess of 200 mph and a 0-60 mph time of just 2.7 seconds.
However, full details of the production car’s electric powertrain have yet to be revealed.