Tuesday, May 24

Wiesmann ‘Project Thunderball’ electric roadster revealed

After going under in 2014, Wiesmann was revived by UK-based investor Rohan Berry. Its first production car under new ownership is an eye-catching, all-electric convertible known as Project Thunderball.

While previous Wiesmann products featured engines from BMW’s M division, Project Thunderball has two electric motors on the rear axle making a combined 500kW and 1100Nm.

The company says the lightweight electric roadster should be capable of completing the 0-100km/h dash in 2.9 seconds, and hit 200km/h within 8.9 seconds.

Fitted with a standard 82kWh battery pack, Wiesmann is aiming for a WLTP driving range of over 500km. The 800V EV architecture supports 300kW DC fast charging, as well as 22kW AC charging.

The car uses on a aluminium spaceframe, and the body is made from a mixture of carbon-fibre, steel and aluminium. All up curb weight is just 1775kg, while the 48/52 front-to-rear weight distribution is said to aid handling and engagement.

Project Thunderball rides on 21-inch alloy wheels with 265/30 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres up front, and 305/25 rubber at the rear.

The regenerative braking system has five driver selectable modes, and is augmented by 380mm disc brakes at both ends, with the front units using a six-piston caliper and the rear employing a four-piston design.

There’s also an adjustable suspension setup, and adjustable anti-roll bars.

Measuring 4440mm long, 2210mm wide including wing mirrors, 1285mm tall, and sitting on a 2595mm wheelbase, the convertible boasts a 180L front trunk and a 125L boot when the roof is up.

Weismann claims the frunk can handle two “carry-on” golf bags. The interior, naturally, features a mix of leather, metal, wood veneers, and carbon-fibre.

Project Thunderball will be hand made at Wiesmann’s factory in Dülmen, Germany.

Pricing for Project Thunderball reportedly starts from €300,000 ($447,000), and the car is available to order right now.


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