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Wiesmann’s New Project Thunderball Special Editions

Not all electric cars need to look like something the Jetsons would drive as Wiesmann have proved with Project Thunderball....

Electrification has provided carmakers the opportunity to play with car design inside and out. After all, with electrification you don’t have to make room for an internal combustion engine or a drive shaft. Most have gone for a futuristic look, which makes sense, but German manufacturer, Wisemann, have decided that vintage-inspired design has a place amongst the cars of tomorrow and now there are three new colourways. 

So what have we got here? In terms of performance, power comes from a twin electric rear-mid mounted motor that delivers up to 500kW (680hp) to the rear wheels and 1100Nm of torque. This means that its straight-line speed is impressive with 0-100km/h (0-62mph) reached in just 2.9 seconds. Handling should feel great too as Project Thunderball weighs just 1700kg (3747lb) with a power to weight ratio of 2.5kh per HP. 

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All images credited to Wiesmann

Now the range. The 800V high-voltage architecture is supposed to be “state-of-the-art” with a maximum 92kW battery capacity that is targeted to take you 500km in a single charge. For a roadster, this is particularly high. It can be charged using the 22kW onboard unit at your own home, or with a 300kW DC fast-charging station. Though you also have the option to turn on regenerative braking which both recharges the battery and provide powerful engine braking in the corners. 

So far there are three new versions, the “Design Concept One” featuring a metallic blue and orange interior, supposedly to evoke the Cote d’Azur. The “Concept Two” is very much inspired by the 1920s with a gold exterior and burgundy interior. Lastly, the “Concept Three” features a matte black finish with gloss back detailing. 

You have to be quick to reserve these as the units from the first year of production are already sold out with delivery expected in 2024. These will set you back at least £250,000. 

For more, check out the bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom Syntopia.


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