Wiesmann Project Thunderball Is A 680-HP Electric Convertible With Killer Classic Looks
The “world’s first electric convertible” hits 60 mph in under three seconds with 808 pound-feet of torque.
You’d be forgiven for being unfamiliar with Wiesmann, a small low-volume German brand that produced a handful of BMW-powered sports cars with classically-styled shells from 1988 to the 2010s before succumbing to bankruptcy.
Now Wiesmann is staging a comeback, and a pure EV dubbed the Project Thunderball is leading the charge. Though seen topless exclusively in provided art, Road & Track reports that the carbon fiber two-seater is being billed as “the world’s first electric convertible” (disregarding the original Tesla Roadster) with a 92 kWh battery pack running on an 800-volt platform.
Two rear-mounted electric motors will spin the wheels with 680 horsepower and 808-pound feet of torque in a car that keeps weight down. An aluminum spaceframe helps keeps the weight down to just 3,747 pounds, on the low end by EV standards. Low mass maximizes the potency of the powertrain’s output, which is good enough for a 60-mph time of 2.9 seconds with the pedal down and a range of around 310 miles of range when driven conservatively.
Other features include an adjustable suspension and roll bars, six-piston brakes in the rear, four-piston brakes in the front, Wiesmann’s own 21-inch rims wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, and posh-looking brown leather seats and carbon fiber trim on the interior.
Prices, U.S. availability and a launch date remain to be seen, but the preliminary design and specs point to one cool little electric sports car.