The last time we checked in with Weizmann, three years ago, the German boutique boutique vintage-themed roadstar came out with a mysterious new offer called Project Gecko. Work on that project is still ongoing. But at some point, it’s possible that one of Wiseman thought, “Battery-electric rear-wheel-drive performance hasn’t been convertible since the original Tesla Roadster. We should fix that.” And voila, the way we get Project Thunderball now. The retro Wiesmann aesthetic has become its highest setting, an aluminum spaceframe reminiscent of 70 years ago in carbon fiber bodywork.
Carbon-backed seats and carbon trim, digital gauge clusters and sewn leather cabins with a peek of modernity on the infotainment screen also play a role. Designers have retained seven traditional analog gauges across the instrument panel, though, and stuck in a clean line along the center tunnel with pushbutton gear selectors for single-speed transmission.
Below, it’s all 21st century. The stock favorite, instead of a BMW inline-6 or V8 or V10 engine, has a 92-kWh battery (83 kWh usable) with two rear axle motors. Combined output is 671 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque, the only protection against those horses is stability control, traction control and a limited-slip differential. Next, it depends on the driver’s convenience with throttle and driving dynamics that can be tweaked with adjustable suspension and adjustable roll bars. Properly covered, it will withstand a great deal of adverse conditions. Wiesmann has used the skills of German carbon and lightweight expert Rodding Automobile for battery engineering and has hit perfectly reasonable carb weights. The return to zero occurs courtesy of regenerative braking with a six-piston caliper at the front, a four-piston unit at the rear, and five settings.
Speaking of which, the 800-volt electrical architecture can handle 300-kilowatt DC fast charging and has a 22-kilowatt onboard charger. The agency said the range in the WLTP cycle should exceed 500 kilometers (311 miles).
The price is 300,000 ($ 316,200 US), and Wiesmann says he plans to make only 1,000 units later this year. As usual, we hope none of them come to the United States