After the announcement, behold, the nowadays almost unknown Wiesmann has just presented, in its final forms and in an official way, the model it called Project Thunderball – a cabrio roadster with only two seats, which, with an exclusively electric, announces a power as or more impressive than the lines…
Sleeping for many years, the small German sports car manufacturer Wiesmann is therefore back in business and, therefore, with a roadster with retro lines. But also with unquestionably modern technology.
In fact, this effort is noticeable, to begin with, in the propulsion system, which, contrary to what happened in Wiesmann’s previous proposals, which showed a clear preference for combustion engines of BMW origin, now appears as purely electric.
The Wiesmann Project Thunderball takes much of its inspiration from the 2008 MF5 V10 Roadster
No less interesting is the fact that this powertrain has two electric motors, placed on the rear wheels. A solution that does not fail to reveal a certain irreverence, as it dispenses with the more frequent all-wheel drive, guaranteed by placing an engine on each axle, preferring, rather, the sportier rear-wheel drive.
Thunderball Project. Wiesmann announces return with two-seater roadster
Powering the electric motors is an 83 kWh battery with an 800V architecture, capable of supporting charging powers of up to 300 kW. With the battery fully charged, Wiesmann guarantees that the Project Thunderball will be able to cover up to 500 kilometers, also thanks to a five-stage braking energy recovery system. And that the company’s CEO, Roheen Berry, promises to help make this car “the most exciting electric sports car in the world”.
Furthermore, and to justify this claim, the promise of a combined maximum power of 924 hp (462 hp per engine), as well as a maximum torque of 1,100 Nm. Values that should allow the German roadster to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in no more than 2.9 seconds, helped not only by a limited-slip differential, but also, and above all, by a total weight that does not exceed 1,775 kg.
Although announcing a combined power of 924 hp, the Wiesmann roadster maintains the “traditional” rear-wheel drive configuration.
Inspired by the exclusive MF5 V10 Roadster
Moving on to the aesthetic aspect, heavily inspired by the sports cars of yore and, in particular, with its egg-shaped front grille and double stacked round optics, in the Wiesmann MF5 V10 Roadster. A sports car made known during the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, of which only 43 units were produced.
Already in the cabin, a clear appeal to modernity, through the offer of practically all the comforts present in most cars today, including a generous central touch-sensitive screen, in addition to the seats with carbon fiber structure, involving the body of the occupants.
Although marked by retro lines, the Wiesmann Project Thunderball provides all the modernities that are valued today.
Although presenting what is also a kind of certificate of the small German manufacturer’s return to life, Wiesmann does not reveal details about when this Project Thunderball will be on sale, how many units will be manufactured, and, much less, what price it will cost. .
Only guaranteed is that the sports car will be produced at the manufacturer’s facilities in Dülmen, Westphalia, Germany, in an artisanal way and by the hands of a team that, according to some media, maintains most of the elements that were in the foundation of the brand, in 1988. .