Do you remember the Dendrobium D1? You may not recall it easily, considering this is not the first promising concept car that went off the radar after a big announcement. But the company name probably stayed with you, as not every day a car brand gets named after orchid species.
Dendrobium, a division of the Singapore-based Vanda Electrics, stepped into the automotive industry about six years ago, intending to build an electric hypercar for the UK market. Everything happened real quick. The car was presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and then at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans race. It was ready for production and raised quite some hype among the public. However, the project was discontinued not long after without a single word.
Three years have seen since passed, and we haven’t heard anything about Dendrobium and its D1 Electric Hypercar — not even the reason behind the brand exciting the industry. It’s quite an odd situation, considering the company emerged and quickly fizzled out from the scene despite the claims made about a production-ready car — and what an amazing EV that would have been.
We no longer have hopes Dendrobium will make a comeback to the industry and finally develop the promised vehicle. But we liked the design of the Dendrobium D1 so much that we’re eager to share why we think this supercar deserves to have a production run.
The Dendrobium D1 Electric Hypercar Has The Potential That Should Not Go To Waste
When first showcased to over 300,000 Le Man’s race fans, the Dendrobium D1 raised quite some positive whisper. It was clear from the first glimpse the hypercar in question was set to have outrageous specs and styling, but just how much of ponies and torque?
According to the first pieces of information Dendrobium put out in the world, the D1 would have been equipped with two electric motors (one at each axle). It should have been able to deliver as high as 1,800 horsepower (!) and 1,475 lb-ft of torque. Such an insane power output would allow the hypercar to go from 0 to 60 mph in under 2.7 seconds and conquer the roads at a top speed of over 200 mph.
When it comes to batteries, the type, capability, and range weren’t specified. It later turned out that Dendrobium had a few difficulties developing these just the way it wanted. But we think such a powerful hypercar would still end up with a decent range (to say the least) and fast-charging batteries.
Overall, the Dendrobium D1 would have been a beast had it reached production. With the target weight of only 1,750 kg, the low profile, the sharp and sleek lines, and some specially designed aerodynamic exterior parts, it would fly over the road. That’s why we think there’s still room for the Dendrobium D1 on the market.
What’s more, several years have passed since the first introduction of the D1 to the public, and the car is still distinctive enough to attract people looking for modern designs.
The Competition Is Fierce, But We Can’t Get Enough Of Hypercars
Now, we’re well aware of the competition in the EV field has grown significantly over the last few years. At the time of its introduction, the Dendrobium D1 was still one of only a couple of electric hypercars announced for production. These days, the EV market is booming, and there’s no lack of any electric vehicle type, especially not sports cars.
The same applies to the Dendrobium D1’s power and performance. Yes, 1,800 horsepower and 1,475 lb-ft of torque are still very impressive specs but not unusual. The all-electric Ford SuperVan 4 easily reaches 2,000 BPH, and if we may stress out — we’re talking about a van!
But the fierce competition doesn’t mean other players on the field are less welcome. In fact, the more, the merrier. We love to see new cars on the market, especially powerful EVs that bring forth perfect handling and exciting driving experience. Therefore, Dendrobium would have many good reasons to come back and expect good results.
However, we don’t think that would ever happen. While looking around at the Dendrobium D1, we noticed the brand’s official website has been out of service for quite some time and is now even open for domain sale. Although the Facebook profile is still open, the Dendrobium team was not active on it for more than three years.
We suspect that Brexit had something to do with such an abrupt cease of operation. The other reasons were probably of financial nature. How sad is that? The world may have just missed having an inspiring new electric hypercar and a promising fresh startup company.