A hypercar refers to the top one percent of supercars based on specifications. For example, while Lamborghini’s supercar the Aventador has a horsepower of 750, Vanda Electric’s initial launch announcement of their hypercar predicted that the Dendrobium will have a 1,500 horsepower engine. Cumbersome name aside, the reactions to the car have been mixed with some criticising the car for being overly-designed – but with a 0-60 speed of 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 320 kilometres per hour, it is looking like the car deserves the attention.
Vanda Electrics employed local touches in the aesthetics of the Dendrobium with elements such as the automatic roof and doors, designed to resemble the petals of the native Singaporean orchid the car is named for. Far from merely being an eye-catching feature, this design gives drivers easier access to the vehicle as compared to other hypercars. The Dendrobium is made from a composite monocoque chassis and carbon fibre body panels meaning that the car weighs just 1750 kilograms.
Working together with Williams F1 Advanced Engineering, the Dendrobium is Vanda Electrics first foray into hypercar territory, having previously designed electric scooters and an electric truck. They are, however, at the forefront of battery technology here in Singapore and considered a global leader in e-mobility products. For now, the Dendrobium is still just a concept car but the Vanda Electrics CEO Larissa Tan is confident that the car will go into production over the next few years based on the increased interest it has received since its striking debut in Geneva saying, “Dendrobium is the culmination of a dream. Our design team has had sketches of an electric hypercar on the drawing board since the mid-90s, but that vision was many years ahead of its time… This electric hypercar may just be a concept for now, but we have every intention of putting it into production.”