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Project Thunderball by Wiesmann

Project Thunderball by Wiesmann almost sounds like an oldskool James Bond movie and well, a bit of oldskool does apply here.

Short introduction about Wiesmann for those who are new to the brand. Wiesmann specializes in hand-built, one-of-a-kind coupes and convertibles. The German brand is founded in 1988 by 2 brothers Martin Wiesmann ( The engineer) and Friedhelm Wiesmann (The businessman) and have their factory in Dülmen. The company temporarily shut down in May 2014, but is now planning to reopen with a new model, powered by a V8 engine from the BMW M division. Wiesmann brand is set to relaunch with multiple models, including an electric vehicle called Project Thunderball.

Wiesmann MF3 based on the BMW M3 Powertrain. Photos by Wiesmann.com

A short short introduction about Wiesmann for those who are new to the brand. Wiesmann specializes in hand-built, one-of-a-kind coupes and convertibles.

The German brand is founded in 1988 by 2 brothers Martin Wiesmann ( The engineer) and Friedhelm Wiesmann (The businessman) and have their factory in Dülmen. The company temporarily shut down in May 2014, but is now planning to reopen with a new model, powered by a V8 engine from the BMW M division. Wiesmann brand is set to relaunch with multiple models, including an electric vehicle called Project Thunderball.

From Petrol to Project Thunderball

According to Wiesmann, Project Thunderball represents a truly revolutionary shift that is happening not just within the Wiesmann brand but also throughout the whole automobile industry at this particular moment in time. With an all-electric, two-seat convertible, Wiesmann will be the first manufacturer to release one anywhere in the world. With a modern, German-engineered, all-electric powertrain as its new beating heart, it will nonetheless give the performance, handling, and spirit for which our brand is renowned. This will be the first all-electric convertible in the world, but it will also unmistakably be a Wiesmann. That entails unparalleled craftsmanship in a magnificent, opulent cabin that marries the best materials with traditional style.

Today we are not going to deep-dive into the Petrol variants of Wiesmann, which are awesome, don’t get me wrong, but have chosen to write about Project Thunderball.

The philosophy of Project Thunderball

According to Wiesmann, Project Thunderball represents a truly revolutionary shift that is happening not just within the Wiesmann brand but also throughout the whole automobile industry at this particular moment in time. With an all-electric, two-seat convertible, Wiesmann will be the first manufacturer to release one anywhere in the world. With a modern, German-engineered, all-electric powertrain as its new beating heart, it will nonetheless give the performance, handling, and spirit for which our brand is renowned. This will be the first all-electric convertible in the world, but it will also unmistakably be a Wiesmann. That entails unparalleled craftsmanship in a magnificent, opulent cabin that marries the best materials with traditional style.

Project Thunderball

Project Thunderball in Short:

  • 440 CM in Lenght
  • 92 kWh capacity (83 kWh net)
  • 500 km Range
  • 2.9 sec 0-60

Project Thunderball specifications

Does is go fast? Yup! Due to the Project Thunderball’s two electric motors, which are positioned in the center and produce a staggering 680 horsepower and 1,100 Nm of torque when combined. The first new Wiesmann in years is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in under 2.9 seconds thanks to this explosion of electrical power. You reach 200 km/h in just 8.9 seconds resulting from this.

The Front of Project Thunderball
The Rear (which you will see the most) of Project Thunderball

Hedonist

For a car in its market, the 4.4-meter-long roadster’s floor has a battery pack that is reasonably sizable. The battery has a 92 kWh capacity (83 kWh net). According to the WLTP cycle, this should allow the Project Thunderball to reach more than 500 kilometers on electricity. The 800 volt on-board voltage allows for speedy charging of the electric hedonist.

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