After a years-long hiatus, independent sports car maker Wiseman is back in business with the retro-inspired Project Thunderball. You’re probably familiar with the brand’s BMW-powered models, but there’s no traditional gas engine under the hood.
Another fun fact is that the two electric motors don’t always mean all-wheel drive, as in this application they are both mounted in the rear to give the EV the character of tail-drive driving. This isn’t the first rear-wheel-drive electric convertible, as the original Tesla Roadster also powered the rear axle exclusively.
Project Thunderball echoes the style of its predecessors, with British influences. For example, the egg-shaped front grille carries over from the MF5 V10 Roadster, inheriting the stacked twin-round lamp theme. Its clamshell hood is also a nod to the past, while the retro interior features modern touches like a large touchscreen and carbon-fiber body seats.
Weismann promises some powerful numbers for Project Thunderball, which produces 671 horsepower from a pair of electric motors. Combined torque of 811 lb-ft (1,100 Newton-meters) means this electric sports car can handle mountain roads. In a vehicle weighing approximately 1,700 kg (3,747 lb), it takes just 2.9 seconds to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill.
The two electric motors draw their energy from an 83-kWh battery supporting 800 volts and charge at up to 300 kW. With a fully charged battery, Project Thunderball can travel 311 miles (500 kilometers) per charge. Weismann engineers have designed the electric car with five selectable levels of regenerative braking, which company CEO Roheen Berry says will be “the world’s most exciting electric sports car.”
There are no details on when Project Thunderball will go on sale or how many will be built. Pricing is another missing piece, too, but we do know the electric convertible will be built at the company’s Gecko factory in Dülmen, Germany. We’ve been told that most of the original team is still working for the company, so it’s kind of a retro rebirth.