Some of you may recall the name Wiesmann. The German-based firm is known for a Brit-inspired roadster that was powered by a BMW V8 engine. The Wiesmann Thunderball is similar in concept but re-imagined for a new era. In essence, that means this new car has an all-electric powertrain.

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Wiesmann owner Roheen Berry: “This is the culmination of a dream, the result of years of design excellence and engineering brilliance. I truly believe we’ve made not just the world’s most exciting electric sports car, but a car so unique that it will appreciate in value over its lifetime.”

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Project Thunderball uses twin rear-mid mounted electric motors. The pair sends 500 kW of power to the rear wheels, along with 1 100 N.m of torque. Such outputs have resulted in impressive performance credentials. Among these are a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 2,9 seconds and a 0-200 km/h time of 8,9. The car rides on a fully adjustable sports suspension including adjustable anti-roll bars.

Power for the motors is derived from a 92 kWh battery. The car boasts 800V high-voltage architecture, which is similar to that used in other Germany battery powered models. This makes us believe that the drivetrain could well come from the likes of Porsche or Audi. Fully charged the battery has a range of 500 km.

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Driver controlled regen braking

Interestingly, the Wiesmann Thunderball has steering-mounted paddles to adjust the car’s regenerative braking system. Five settings mean the driver can change the electric motors’ braking feel to give a powerful engine braking effect into corners, at the same time recharging the battery. That should provide an added level of driver interaction as the car has just a single-speed transmission.