Vanwall, a name most commonly associated with racing, has just unveiled the Vandervell S as its very first street legal model in its new range.
The company began its life in 1951 at the hands of founder Tony Vandervell which built and raced cars in Formula 1.
Today, the brand has been revived as a startup by Dr. Colin Kolles, former head honcho of Hispana Racing F1 Team and previous holder of similar positions at Force India, Jordan, and more.
Last week, the brand announced it will be competing in the 2023 World Endurance Championship with its Vandervell 680 Hypercar but has now revealed what its been working on for the road.
The Vandervell S is a fully electric four-door hatchback which has been styled with performance in mind as characterised by its aerodynamic details.
Up front is a large carbon fibre front splitter while its pumped arches, side skirts and rear spoiler highlight that this isn’t just your typical electric runaround.
Adding to the “sporty” appeal is its 22-inch alloy wheels, rear diffuser, and large cooling intake while its classic green launch colour is said to pay homage to the English origins of the Vanwall brand.
All we’ve been told about the interior is that it features a driver-focused cockpit influenced from the world of motorsport.
So how does it perform? The standard Vandervell S makes around 240kW which is supplied to all four wheels and is said to hit 100km/h from a standstill in 4.9 seconds.
We don’t know how big its battery is but the driving range comes to 450km.
Vanwall will also be releasing a spicier model, the Vandervell S Plus, which puts 433kW to the ground via all fours.
The added performance compromises on range by about 30km though, meaning the S Plus can travel up to 420km on a single charge.
However, the high-spec model can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds.
As for availability, the S Plus will be a limited model of 500 units while we understand the standard S will go into normal production.
Pricing for the Vanwall Vandervell S starts at 128,000 Euro ($NZ217,000) with a host of customisable options on offer from the factory.