Staff, 2022-12-08 01:38:00,
Imagine if TVR had upped sticks and moved from Lancashire to Münsterland, switched to brawny BMW engines and discovered Teutonic build quality. The result might look something like Wiesmann.
Founded in 1988, Wiesmann remains little known outside its native country. As charismatic new British CEO Roheen Berry explains: “We’ve been around for decades, but 90 percent of our cars were sold in Germany, so we never gained international recognition.” Now Wiesmann plans to go global.
Leading the charge (yes, literally) is Project Thunderball – arguably the first dedicated electric sports car since the 2008 Tesla Roadster. The vehicle seen here is a prototype, but the finished product should reach a network of new boutique Wiesmann dealerships in early 2024.
Beyond that, Berry talks of a coupe version, a second sports car (probably also electric) and “maybe even an SUV”.
Unlike Wiesmanns of yore, Project Thunderball – an internal codename, but don’t be surprised if it sticks – doesn’t raid the BMW M parts store. Instead, its bespoke 92kWh battery comes from Munich-based Roding Group, which also helped engineer the Mars Rover.
With two electric motors driving the rear wheels, the headline numbers are impressive: 680hp, 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and a 310-mile range.
Before we unplug and play, I’m offered a chance to drive…
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