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Wiesmann 'Project Thunderball' electric roadster revealed

The German speciality car maker is back, but this time it's swapping BMW engines for electric propulsion.

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Derek Fung
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After going under in 2014, Wiesmann was revived by UK-based investor Rohan Berry, and now 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 an 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.

Wiesmann 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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Derek Fung
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Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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