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Dendrobium D-1 Electric

For those unaware (i.e. everyone), a Dendrobium is a genus of orchid native to Singapore. Like that flower, the Dendrobium machine is native to Singapore and unsurprisingly, it’s their first attempt at such a project.

Back in the mid-1990s this two-seater was a mere design, but now the Dendrobium D-1 has officially been given a date with the production line; with the company getting some much needed tech-head wisdom from the guys at Williams Advanced Engineering (the team behind some decent Formula One campaigns).

Run down the specs of the D-1 and you will realize it is hypercar badge worthy – not too shabby for a startup. We’re told the D-1 will feature an all-electric drivetrain with a total power output of 1340kW and torque set at 2000Nm. Set on a 1975 kg carbon fibre body heavy on the composite and alloy materials – this thing should move.

Built around a Protocell carbon tub to be used for future models, it’s likely existing lithium-ion battery technology will be used initially. Another cool piece of current tech are the rear-hinged Bio-Aerial Locomotion doors – used to enter/exit the carbon-fibre swelled interior.

While all seems peachy, an obstacle in the form of the Rimac C Two and Concept One hypercars –  which  claim to hit 100 km/h in around 2 seconds and 2.5 seconds – may block their view of outright electric dominance. Time will tell. And sales…and track testing…and followers.

For the full article grab the April 2019 issue of MAXIM Australia from newsagents and convenience locations. Subscribe here.

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