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Wiesmann x Thunderball project: lightning fast

German carmaker Wiesmann is among the so-called “pocket-sized” car manufacturers, these independent craftsmen who often produce one-off supercars for the wealthy aesthetes. When the Wiesmann brothers set up shop in the early 90’s, the car wore a neo-retro bodywork, feigning the look of English roadsters, covering a tubular chassis, all propelled by an engine and gearbox set provided by BMW. Unfortunately, as is often the case for independent manufacturers, the turn of the millennium was quite tricky to handle and the brand fell into disuse. But thanks to the electricity miracle, the Gecko brand is back on the stage with another small roadster, this time packed with power. Claiming 671 hp at the rear wheels alone, one wonders if the 2.9sec 0 to 100km/H is really achievable as the rear tires will have to fight to function properly. Then again, the idea of driving an electric car the old-fashioned way is a nice one to have.

Wiesmann x Thunderball project: lightning fast

German carmaker Wiesmann is among the so-called “pocket-sized” car manufacturers, these independent craftsmen who often produce one-off supercars for the wealthy aesthetes. When the Wiesmann brothers set up shop in the early 90’s, the car wore a neo-retro bodywork, feigning the look of English roadsters, covering a tubular chassis, all propelled by an engine and gearbox set provided by BMW. Unfortunately, as is often the case for independent manufacturers, the turn of the millennium was quite tricky to handle and the brand fell into disuse. But thanks to the electricity miracle, the Gecko brand is back on the stage with another small roadster, this time packed with power. Claiming 671 hp at the rear wheels alone, one wonders if the 2.9sec 0 to 100km/H is really achievable as the rear tires will have to fight to function properly. Then again, the idea of driving an electric car the old-fashioned way is a nice one to have.