Wiesmann returns with the electric Thunderball
One of the most exotic German sportscar brands – Wiesmann has returned! A boutique supercar manufacturer from Dülmen was active in the exclusive car sector since 1988. During its history, the company made signature-styling models mostly powered by BMW. The most famous models in their previous line-up are MF3, MF4, and MF5 which had different versions, as well.
It has happened that the company was closed sometime in 2014 and the Wiesmann brand existed probably theoretically. However, the revival was announced soon after thanks to London-based investor Roheen Berry who took over as CEO. During the last few years the company silently developed ins magnificent revival model and now the time has come to reveal it!
Wiesmann presents the Thunderball – a –state-of-the-art boutique electric supercar. It has both design elements echoing previous Wiesmann models (see the front grille, rear end) as well as absolutely new styling decisions like large headlamps.
This beskope automobile will be available as a coupe/roadster powered by a rear mid-mounted electric motor capable of even 912hp and 1100Nm of torque! Wiesmann says that it can do 0-100 km/h in just 2.9s. Sounds wonderful! Moreover, the Thunderball should be able to go as much as 500km on a single charge.
This handcrafted German engineering masterpiece is available for order now. We have to admit that it is truly one of the most impressive electric open-top supercars of the last few years.
Project Thunderball is our extraordinary response to the electrification revolution that is tearing through the automotive world. Honed and evolved, it fuses the characteristics that make electric powertrains so astonishing, with the unique features of a Wiesmann. In so doing, we have delivered not simply the world's first all-electric convertible sports car, but an all-electric sports car that drives like a true Wiesmann. Thunderball is available to order now.
“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.” Roheen Berry, Owner, Wiesmann
Project Thunderball’s performance credentials are indisputable. Power comes from twin electric rear-mid mounted motors delivering up to 500kW (680hp) to the rear wheels and 1100 Nm of torque, bringing phenomenal straight-line performance and a targeted 0-62mph (0-100km/h) sprint acceleration time of 2.9 seconds, for an unrivalled exhilarating drive which the owner will never tire of.
Finely crafted from advanced carbon fibre, Project Thunderball astonishingly weighs in at little more than 1700kg (3747lb), with a power to weight ratio of 2.5kg per HP, bringing remarkable agility and handling more than worthy of the Wiesmann badge. The target range of Project Thunderball is 500km, thanks to its state-of-the-art 800V high-voltage architecture providing a maximum 92kWh battery capacity (83kWh available) – uniquely high for a roadster. The car can be charged with its 22kW onboard unit at the owner’s home, or extremely fast with up to 300kW DC fast charging at a rapid charge public charger.
Making the very most of Project Thunderball’s advanced electric powertrain to achieve the trademark Wiesmann driving feel, steering wheel-mounted paddles allow instant adjustment of the car’s unique Wiesmann Intelligent Regenerative Braking System. Developed specifically for Project Thunderball using some of the best engineering expertise in the industry, the system embodies the car’s ethos of timeless design and styling meeting cutting-edge innovation, setting the standard for future developments. With five settings available, the driver can change the twin electric motors’ regenerative braking feel to give a powerful engine braking effect into corners, recharging the battery and allowing optimum use and minimal waste of energy. In the true spirit of Wiesmann’s ‘Drivers’ car’ DNA, a change in setting gives a purposeful moment of enjoyment to the driver, something lacking in most EVs on the market today.
In another unique driver-oriented feature for Project Thunderball, the charge display shows how fast the car is charging specifically to the kilometre, rather than to the percentage of total charge, allowing the driver a simple calculation of the optimal charge level for each specific journey. Its integrated DC fast-charging system makes for convenient and efficient recharge, while its combined AC and water-glycol-cooled battery is optimised to be charged at high ambient temperatures.
And all this is just the beginning – as the electric revolution powers ahead, we continue to innovate and give Project Thunderball even more astonishing performance.
Every Wiesmann is hand-crafted in our state-of-the-art factory in Dülmen, Westphalia, where our skilled craftspeople bring an entire lifetime of experience to the creation of our one-of-a-kind cars. From the moment you climb into the cosseting interior, you and your car become one. The finest leathers work alongside immaculately finished carbon fibre, hand-shaped wood veneers and premium metal finishes to create a powerful but luxurious sporting environment.
- PROJECT THUNDERBALL IS AUTOMOTIVE SCULPTURE BROUGHT TO LIFE. THE RESULT: THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL SPORTSCAR.
- EVERY WIESMANN POSSESSES DYNAMIC QUALITIES THAT DELIVER UNBEATABLE PERFORMANCE. PROJECT THUNDERBALL IS NO EXCEPTION.
- CONNOISSEURS OF MOTORING WILL RECOGNISE THE PEERLESS CRAFTSMANSHIP THAT MAKES PROJECT THUNDERBALL’S INTERIOR SO EXCEPTIONAL AND UNIQUE.
- EVERY FACET OF PROJECT THUNDERBALL IS HONED AND SHAPED BY WIESMANN’S EXCEPTIONAL TEAM OF ENGINEERS AND CRAFTSPEOPLE USING CUTTING-EDGE MATERIALS AND GENERATIONS OF EXPERIENCE.
CHASSIS: Aluminium spaceframe
MATERIALS: Carbonfibre, steel, aluminium
LENGTH: 4440 mm
WIDTH: 2210 mm incl. mirrors
HEIGHT: 1285 mm
Front 180 litres (2 ‘carry-on’ golf bags)
Rear 125 litres (2 golf bags - coupé only)
FRONT: 380 mm rotors, 6 piston caliper
REAR: 380 mm rotors, 4 piston caliper
ASSISTANCE: Dynamic Stability Control / Traction Control
CURB WEIGHT: 1775 kg
POWER TO WEIGHT RATIO: 2.5 kg per hp
WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION (% f/r): 48/52
WHEELBASE: 2595 mm
TRACK FRONT: 1564 mm
REAR: 1668 mm
STEERING: Electric power steering
SUSPENSIONS: Fully adjustable sports suspension including adjustable anti-roll bars
Front / Wiesmann Aero1 10” x 21”
Rear / Wiesmann Aero1 11.5” x 21”
Front / Michelin PS 4S 265/30 ZR 21
Rear / Michelin PS 4S 305/25 ZR 21
DIFFERENTIAL: Limited slip
0-100 km/h Target 2.9s
0-200 km/h 8.9s
RANGE (WLTP): Over 500 km
CONSUMPTION: 20.5 kW per 100 km
LAYOUT: Rear mid-motor, mid battery
Configuration Dual motor
MAX POWER: 340 kW per motor (680 kW / 912 hp)
MAX TORQUE: 550 Nm per motor (1100 Nm total)
CAPACITY: 92 kWh
CHARGING: 22 kW on-board AC (up to 300 kW DC)