The first EV by Wiesmann is a 671 hp electric convertible
After an eight-year hiatus, the first EV by Wiesmann has been revealed as a new all-electric two-seater roadster that can go 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds. Codenamed Project Thunderball, the German custom automaker brings us a mid-century aesthetic with cutting-edge modern technology.
The Project Thunderball electric convertible shares elements of a classic British sports car in combination with modern conveniences. The first EV by Wiesmann is built with a powertrain of two electric motors that are both mounted on its rear axle. The rear-wheel-drive architecture delivers dynamic performance with 671 horses and 811 ft lbs of torque, which will zip from zero to sixty in less than 2.9 seconds.
With its 83 kWh, 800-volt battery pack, Wiesmann promises that their new EV will have a range of 311 miles on a single charge. Filling up the battery should be simple with the fast charge capability of 300 kW. The Project Thunderball electric convertible will be “the world’s most exciting electric sports car,” according to Wiesmann CEO Roheen Berry. The German marque backs up that statement with adjustable suspension and rollbars, six-piston front brakes, four-piston rear brakes, a carbon fiber body, and an aluminum spaceframe chassis.
The first EV by Wiesmann is styled with their trademark oval grille, a long bonnet, and angled headlamp clusters. The leather upholstery gives off a luxurious feel and you can find seven dash-mounted gauges that display information such as battery charge level and speed for the driver. Paddles mounted on the steering wheel function similarly to shifters, altering the car’s “Intelligent Regenerative Braking System” that resembles engine braking. Although this isn’t groundbreaking technology, it’s fascinating to see it applied to a small-scale electric sports vehicle.
What’s the cost of all this retro-modern German engineering and classic British styling? The Project Thunderball electric convertible will reportedly start at $316,000. Wiesmann hasn’t confirmed a US release but those looking to enquire can join the waiting list on the Wiesmann website.