Launch News January 18, 2023 By Steven Edward Yu
Vanwall Unveils the New Vandervell S
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Greding, Germany, January 16 – Vanwall, the distinguished automotive brand relaunched by Dr. Colin Kolles, former Managing Director and Team Principal of many F1 teams, is proud to unveil the first street-legal model of the new Vanwall range. The new model is available in two versions: Vandervell S and Vandervell S Plus. The model name of the car pays homage to Tony Vandervell, the British industrialist founder of the Vanwall brand in 1951.
This launch starts another new chapter in the history of the brand. Only a week ago the Floyd Vanwall Racing Team, received the confirmation of participation in the WEC 2023 from the FIA and, consequently, also entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Vanwall Vandervell 680 Hypercar will be entrusted to drivers Tom Dillmann (F) and Esteban Guerrieri (AR), who are joined by Jacques Villeneuve (CA), 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner, 1995 Indycar title champion and 1997 F1 World Champion. Many years after winning the Formula One World Championship, the iconic Vanwall brand will return to the world’s tracks.
Today, only a week later, Vanwall presents a completely new sports sedan providing further evidence of their serious commitment and technical ability. The depth and experience of Vanwall’s engineering staff demonstrates the capability to develop multiple projects concurrently. These are vastly different, demanding projects, which stand out for their high quality design and build quality.
The Vandervell S is a four-door hatchback plus tailgate; its aggressive shape immediately attracts attention, characterized by aerodynamic details. The extremely sporty look is underlined by the large carbon fiber front aerodynamic splitter, side skirts and rear spoiler, which highlights the car’s feisty personality. The launch color is the classic green that recalls the English origins of the Vanwall brand.
From a styling design point of view, the front of the car has very bold and geometric lines, with an aggressive fender shape that incorporates the large cooling system air intake. The bonnet profile has two side cuts that culminate in the side fenders, which wrap around the 22-inch alloy wheels and low profile tires. The very slender dynamic profile is underlined by a wide lateral body groove that continues into the two doors. The rear of the car has another sporty detail, with an integrated deflector above the rear window.
The car’s interior is characterized by its cockpit, with special attention given to driving position, outstanding ergonomics and references to the world of motorsport. All this is achieved without sacrificing comfort by using the highest quality materials, such as fine leather and exposed carbon fiber.
Light weight is another key element in achieving exceptional performance. It is immediately clear that this model is the result of the extensive technical know-how and expertise accumulated over years by Vanwall’s dedicated team.
The new Vanwall is available in two versions with different technical specifications:
- Vandervell S, 4wd, 320 HP, combined range of approx. 450 Km, 185 km/h, 0-100 in 4.9 seconds
- Vandervell S Plus, 4wd, 580 HP, combined range of approx. 420 Km, 265 km/h, 0-100 in 3.4 seconds
In this phase of profound change in the automotive world, Vanwall has poured all its knowledge into this project, proving how racing still can serve as a real benchmark to provide solutions applicable to mass production vehicles.
The Vandervell S Plus will be produced in a 500 car limited series at Vanwall’s Greding, Germany factory. The S and the S Plus will be marketed through direct sales and distributed by delivery partners, with deliveries starting from the third quarter of 2023.
The extremely competitive price is one of the other strengths of this project: starting at 128,000 Euros (PhP 7.55M), excluding VAT. Color choices include any color bodywork at the customer’s request, and five complementary cockpit interior choices. Tailor-made options are also available on request. The car is totally street-legal and is covered by a two-year quality and service warranty.
Vanwall, a prestigious British brand that won the Formula One Constructors’ Championship in 1958, has the aim of producing a range of unique and exclusive luxury cars, characterised by innovative and cutting-edge technical solutions and the use of the highest quality materials. The Vanwall R&D Department has specified all the best state-of-the-art equipment available on the market for the new Vandervell S and Vandervell S Plus models, in cooperation with industry leading partners.
Vanwall GmbH Managing Director Dr. Kolles: “Vanwall’s goal is to create unique, new generation cars, high quality and great performance, bringing them to the maximum possible development, able to convey the strong passion that animates the Vanwall Company”.
Vanwall’s future plan will see production of a limited edition version of the Vanwall Vandervell 1000 Hypercar, the street-legal LM Hypercar. The car is currently under development and has already completed multiple road and race test sessions.
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