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The Bandini Dora is a roofless, 536bhp two-seat super-EV

That’s not all. GFG Style announces a ‘Desert Raid’ hyper e-SUV, too

Published: 17 Mar 2020

Oops, kinda missed this one, though we’re not entirely sure how we missed it. What with there being no actual roof. This, friends, is the Bandini Dora, and it is here to blow your mind and perhaps rearrange your hair into something amusing.

It comes via GFG Style – an automotive company founded by one Giorgetto Giugiaro (you may have heard of him) and Fabrizio Giugiaro – and features not one, but two electric motors.

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One electric motor sits on the front axle, the other on the rear, and combined they produce the equivalent of 536bhp (400kw) and 500lb ft of torque. GFG reckons on 0-62mph being dispatched in 3.3secs.

Though it does have a windscreen, integrated into the structure for a cleaner design, so perhaps your bouffant is safe. That bit was inspired by Formula 1’s Halo protection system, while elsewhere the Dora sits on an aluminium spaceframe chassis with a mad pillar that practically runs from the lower front right through to the rear spoiler.

It’s wild. It gets wilder still because access is via a pair of scissor doors, and inside there’s that central ‘Halo’-type spine, a touchscreen monitor, and absolutely zero switchgear. Leather is deployed, as is carbon fibre.

Interesting place to spend some time in, then, assuming you achieve the claimed range of over 280 miles, thanks to a 90kWh battery pack.

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Though, if you want the same electric drivetrain but in something offering a smidge more… fortification, there’s also GFG’s new ‘2030 Desert Raid’, which is already a great name. The Desert Raid is an off-road version of the company’s Vision 2030 car, pegged as a ‘Hyper SUV’ with better ground clearance and a multitude of modes to enable “performance speeds anywhere and on any terrain”.

And thus, it is built for desert-based fun. It too is a two-seater and sits on the same aluminium space frame chassis, offers roughly the same power output, will do 0-62mph in 3.8secs and a limited 155mph. Strong stuff for an EV.

So, now you (and indeed, we) are up to speed, and we've all managed thus far without referencing a certain cartoon Explorer that uses the same name, which one would you choose?

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