A few days ago, Dyson announced that it would build its first ever electric car in Singapore rather than in the UK. On the other hand, Singapore-based Dendrobium has reaffirmed that their D-1 EV hypercar will be manufactured in Great Britain.
The D-1 was designed by Williams Advanced Engineering on behalf of Singapore’s Vanda Electrics, which doesn’t have any history nor expertise with vehicle manufacturing – part of the reason why they tuned to the UK, despite all the challenges centered around Brexit.
“I am just back from meetings in mainland Europe and Brexit is unquestionably causing real issues in investment in the UK. Both British and overseas investors are shying away from committing to technology developments in the UK, mainly because of the uncertainty of the financial and commercial landscape,” stated Dendrobium CEO, Nigel Gordon-Stewart.
He then went on to add that his company is committed to manufacture in Britain and that the British government “continues to do its best providing Research and Development tax credits and various grants specifically for EV and PHEV UK technology and product development operations.”
“In my opinion, Dyson’s planned manufacture in Singapore seems very wrong,” concluded Dendrobium’s boss, who feels that British engineering is “without doubt, the best in the world, and needs to be focused here in the UK to enable dominance in the biggest and most dramatic change in personal mobility in over 100 years.”
If the production version of the D-1 adheres to the announced specs, then it will put down no fewer than 1,800 HP (1,825 PS) and a whooping 1,475 lb-ft (2,000 Nm) of torque, while weighing just 3,858 lbs (1,750 kg) thanks to the use of carbon fiber, advanced composites and alloys in its construction.