Dendrobium at Salon Privé

by staff writer JP

The Dendrobium D-1 will be officially presented to the UK public at Salon Privé which takes place in the grounds of Blenheim Palace

Originally a hypercar design concept created in the 1990s by Vanda Electrics, a Singaporean product design company. In 2016 the sketched designs were presented to UK engineering and Formula 1 company, Williams Advanced Engineering. A brief for them to create a working show car integrating many features which would appear on the production version. A uniquely qualified management team has now been recruited to take the Dendrobium D-1 into its next phase of development.

Using the very latest technology, they are designing their own in-house electric power train and plan to use Solid State power storage cells as and when the technology is reliable and financially viable. They are also developing unique cabling and connector systems as well as hardware and software. From a technical perspective, the D-1 will be a British engineering tour-de-force.

"We are developing, what will be, the most impressive all electric hypercar"
Nigel Gordon-Stewart, Chairman and CEO Dendrobium Automotive Limited

The specifications of the D-1 are hypercar impressive: 1,800 bhp; 2,000 NM and a target weight of 1,750 kg. Performance will be as linear as possible in its delivery, rewriting the rules for the experience of hypercar ownership. The car is built from carbon fibre, advanced composites and alloys. These being super light and super strong stated Jens Sverdrup. A Board Member, Sverdrup has a highly successful background in the supercar industry having worked with Lamborghini, Ferrari and Pagani but is best known for establishing the Koenigsegg.

Although the team has automotive blood running in their veins, they are essentially a technology company developing ultra-performance EV and PHEV cars, systems and components. Their Advisory Board is chaired by Michael Kimberley who created Lotus Engineering back in 1978 with Colin Chapman. Also providing engineering consultancy and technology services throughout the automotive industry with clients from Toyota to Aston Martin.

Gordon-Stewart said they chose Salon Privé for their debut because of the sheer prestige of the event and the ability to engage with potential clients, key industry figures and business people. Blenheim Palace is the perfect location for us being right in the heartland of automotive and motorsports technology. His Grace, The Duke, is very enthusiastic about the automotive industry here in the UK and his support for Salon Privé is very evident.