We haven’t heard much about the Dendrobium D-1 lately, but the electric hypercar was present at the Le Mans 24 Hours over the past weekend.
Displaying the car at Le Mans might not be such a random choice, as it did coincide with confirmation about endurance racing’s new hypercar class that’s set to replace the current LMP1 in 2020. Aston Martin and Toyota have confirmed they will compete, but Dendrobium hasn’t been on the radar and is not that likely to, unless it can get some serious money behind it.
“When fans come to Le Mans, they are here to see superfast endurance racing, the toughest and, I think, most technically demanding racing in the sport,” Dendrobium chief executive Nigel Gordon-Stewart said over the weekend. “To have so many fans genuinely excited about a future of high-performance electric hypercars with zero emissions is really pleasing.”
At close of play huge thanks go to Peter Shaw and the amazing events staff at Michelin who have been exceptional in their professionalism and hard work. Le Mans is exhausting for everyone and yet they remained serene throughout! #michelin #LeMans2019 pic.twitter.com/JYQXWOEill
— Dendrobium Automotive (@Dendrobiummotor) June 16, 2019
Earlier this year, Dendrobium first revealed the XP-2 prototype – the exact same car displayed at La Sarthe. Compared to the first prototype, this new one has been tweaked by Peter Stevens, who has penned past icons like the McLaren F1 and Jaguar XJR-15.
It is claimed that when the British hypercar hits the market, it will have an extraordinary 1,800 hp and 1475 lb-ft (2000 Nm) from its electric motors/ The production-spec model will reportedly feature solid-state batteries, be built in the UK, and go against the likes of the Rimac C_Two and Pininfarina Battista, both with in excess of 1800 hp.