McLaren F1 designer pens reworked Dendrobium D-1 XP-2

British start-up Dendrobium has announced that former Lotus chief designer Peter Stevens has made design tweaks to the firm’s D-1 electric supercar.

Stevens, known for designing a number of British sports cars including the McLaren F1 and Jaguar XJR-15, has made “small but beneficial changes” to the D-1, resulting in the new XP-2 concept.

With a target weight of 1750kg, Dendrobium says the fully carbonfibre XP-2 will “rewrite the rules for the hypercar ownership experience”.

Stevens said: “My small changes to the D-1 to create the new XP-2 were inspired by improving airflow of the car, as well as visually enhancing the drama of this exceptional electric hypercar.”

The XP-2 retains the striking styling of the D-1 on which it is based, with wide air channels between the two-seater cabin and wings to improve aerodynamic efficiency, and a prominent rear diffuser aimed at maximising downforce.

Revealed in 2018, the D-1 is aiming for a top speed of 200mph and a 0-60mph time of 2.7sec. The model is expected to use a four-wheel-drive system and three electric motors to produce 1475lb ft, nearly 300lb ft more than the all-electric Rimac Concept One. 

Despite the uncertainty posed by Brexit for manufacturers, Dendrobium remains committed to manufacturing the D-1 in the UK. 

Ahead of the concept’s Salon Privé reveal last year, company boss Nigel Gordon-Stewart said: “We are developing unique cabling and connector systems, as well as our own complete vehicle integration and ADAS hardware and software. From a technical perspective, the D-1 will be a British engineering tour de force.”



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