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McLaren F1 Designer Joins Dendrobium Electric Hypercar Team

Mar 4, 2019

He made some minor changes to the concept, which is now called the D-1 XP-2.

Do you recall the Dendrobium D-1? We wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t. This all-electric concept hypercar has made just a few appearances since debuting at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2017. The last bit of news we heard was in July, when we learned the Singapore-based upstart was headed to the United Kingdom to build production versions of the car. The company is now UK-based, and in a new press release we learn the D-1 has evolved to become D-1 XP-2 thanks to changes from a new designer that joined the team.

The new guy on the payroll isn’t just any old designer. His name is Peter Stevens, and his portfolio includes work at Lamborghini, Toyota, BMW, and you may have seen his handiwork on a little-known supercar called the McLaren F1 so yeah, he has some serious design chops. We aren’t told exactly what’s different between the old and new model, but the changes are said to improve the car’s aerodynamics.

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The crux of the car is its Protocell carbon tub, which isn’t explained in detail but we know the car is entirely carbon fiber to reduce weight as much as possible. The company has a target weight of 1,750 kilograms (3,858 pounds), which sounds like a lot but don’t forget – this is an all-electric affair that has substantial battery weight to offset.

Speaking of which, Dendrobium doesn’t mention any power or range targets in its new release. Previously, the company touted lofty figures of 1,800 horsepower (1,342 kilowatts), and at Geneva in 2017, performance estimates of 2.7 seconds to 60 mph and a top speed over 200 mph were mentioned. Whether performance benchmarks have changed along with the car's design – which itself dates clear back to the mid-1990s – is unknown.

The company is pledging to move forward with production in the UK “despite the current challenges and uncertainties continuing around Brexit.” As is often the case with niche projects like this, progress has been slow but we certainly wish Stevens and the Dendrobium team the best of luck going forward.

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