I remember having an interesting chat with Nigel Gordon-Stewart a year ago about carbon fibre weaving. This year our conversation switched to electric.
At that time Nigel Gordon-Stewart was presenting the Danish hypercar Zenvo TS-1. He has now moved on and back to the UK to kick start the launch of Dendrobium D-1 presented at Salon Privé, a new electric hypercar.
Named after a genus of orchids, the Dendrobium D-1 is not 100% British but it will be built in the UK. It is the result of a partnership between Vanda Electrics based in Singapore and Williams Advanced Engineering. Vanda Electrics current and only product presented on their website at the moment is the Ant Truck, a kind of all terrain electric buggy.
The Dendrobium D-1 was one of the three hypercars presented at Salon Privé 2018, sitting between the Bugatti Chiron and the Brabham BT62. It was also presented to the wider public during the Blenheim Classic and Supercar show along with 80 other supercars and hypercars in the Great Court of Blenheim Palace.
Design and development are progressing well. The Dendrobium D-1 has already passed the concept stage as the car is driveable. However it still needs further developments confirms Nigel Gordon-Stewart. The range is one of the developments Dendrobium is looking at, comparing themselves with Tesla or Rimac who set the benchmark in the world of electric supercars. Improving the range is about finding the right compromise of building materials and battery density to limit weight and yet optimize available power.
Nigel Gordon-Stewart has the perfect profile of a supercar expert having held various executive positions for McLaren, Lamborghini, MG, TVR, Lotus and more recently Zenvo.
We wish Dendrobium great success with the hope that the breadth of experience of Nigel and of the rest of the team combined with the partnership with Williams will allow the production of a desirable hypercar!
The question is: will this just be a one-off car or the beginning of a long series?