Wiesmann, a German sports car manufacturer famed for its retro-styled BMW-powered roadsters, has unveiled “Project Thunderball,” its first totally electric vehicle. The battery-powered roadster, which marks Wiesmann’s return to the automotive world after a long absence, is a rear-wheel-drive two-seater roadster with 800 Volt battery technology and a price tag of €300,000 (about $318,000 at current exchange rates).
Project Thunderball is referred to by Wiesmann as “the world’s first all-electric convertible roadster,” despite the fact that the title belongs to the first Tesla Roadster, which was unveiled in 2008. In any case, the model keeps Wiesmann’s hallmark design elements, including a carbon fibre body. The lengthy one-piece clamshell bonnet has the brand’s signature grille, with circular headlights positioned atop the muscular fenders. The roadster-like silhouette leads to a sultry tail with an integrated spoiler.
The electric powertrain was developed in partnership with Roding Automobile, according to Wiesmann. Two rear-mid placed electric motors combine to provide 671 horsepower (500 kW / 680 PS) and 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft) of torque. Despite weighing just over 1,700 kilogrammes (3,747 pounds), the weight to power ratio is 2.5 kg/ps. Power is delivered to the rear wheels, with Wiesmann aiming for a 2.9-second 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time.
The 800 Volt battery has a capacity of 92 kWh (83 kWh gross), providing a range of 500 kilometres (311 miles). In addition to the 22 kW onboard charger, the electric Wiesmann has a DC rapid charging capacity of up to 300 kW. The business didn’t say how long the battery takes to charge, but it did say it had an AC and water-glycol cooling system. The new “Wiesmann Intelligent Regenerative Braking System,” with five distinct levels regulated by a pair of paddles behind the steering wheel, can also charge on the fly.
Modern touches to a retro interior
On the dashboard, there are seven analogue gauges, which are a characteristic design feature from past Wiesmann models. They are coupled with a digital instrument cluster and an infotainment touchscreen situated lower on the centre console in the electric age. For an exotic flair, the interior boasts lots of leather upholstery and carbon fibre embellishments. The narrow bucket seats, soft-close glovebox, and leather straps on the doors are among the other amenities.
1,000 units only
Project Thunderball will be manufactured at the Gecko plant in Dülmen, Germany, and will be available worldwide. Wiesmann stated that production will remain at 1,000 units. If you’re interested, you may get more information by contacting the firm directly. However, the business is also developing an ICE-powered roadster called Project Gecko, which has been put on hold in favour of the EV.