Even more so than in the field of traditional powered sports cars, versions of the new electric supercars focus on maximum driving and handling performance. No record stays for long. The Austrian company adds Deus to the achievements set by Tesla with the Model S Plaid with 750 kW (1,020 hp), Pininfarina with Batista with 1,397 kW (1,900 hp) or Rimac with Nevera with 1,408 kW (1,914 hp). 1,670 kW (2,270 hp) is now another benchmark. To what extent this performance upgrade with the electric fig leaf is green, is not a one-off.
God lives in Vienna
Presented last month by Managing Director Dirk Schroeder and Chief Designer Adrian Philippe Potocka at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, the powerful innovation of the Deus Vayanne supercar promises outstanding driving performance and corresponding driving values. In the run-up to the Vienna International Automobile Symposium, we had the opportunity to speak to designer Adrian-Filip Butuca. Potoca, who was only in his early twenties, was of Romanian descent and grew up in Vienna, had been a fan of cars, design and IT for years. Together with Schroeder, he established the Deus brand in the Austrian capital in 2020. With a passionate commitment, he brought the electric-powered supercar from its first sketch to its current state of development.
The model name Vayanne is a tribute to the Vienna, an English nod to the car’s origins. The Deus brand – in German: God – represents the guiding mind and spirit of the project, with Italian design company Italdesign and English Formula E technology specialist Williams Advanced Engineering playing important roles as well-known partners in the physical realization of the car.
Vayanne is the result of a 3D collaboration between Deus in Vienna, Italdesign at Moncalieri (I) near Turin, and Williams Advanced Engineering at Grove-Wantage (GB) near Oxford. Italdesign and Williams have long been working together on a flexible platform for high-performance electric sports cars. Collaboration with Deus now represents the latest aspect of the interaction between technology, design and emotion. Dyrr Ardash, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Williams, and Marco Volpengo, Head of Car Business Europe at Italdesign, are both excited about the Vienna Hypercar project.
Italdesign, part of the VW Group since 2010, already has 50 years of experience developing pre-series and minivans. The company’s roots go back to designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and engineer Aldo Mantovani. Williams Advanced Engineering is a world leader in the development of high-performance electric powertrains for racing. The company, which now has 400 employees, was formed in 2010 from Williams GP Engineering Limited.
Signature design details
“Design is not just about looks, it is about representing the brand credo. “Design and excellent functionality must be combined with the latest in automotive supercar technology,” says chief designer Adrian-Filip Butuca during a conversation at the elegant Lugeck restaurant in central Vienna. From the side, the Vayenne’s proportions are reminiscent of traditional mid-engine sports cars.The dominant design element on both the front and rear end is the figure-eight, the sporty symbol of infinity.The imposing and extremely spacious front grille does not immediately suggest an electric car.But this corresponds Exactly with the designer’s idea.” The car should look neutral, because the danger with electric sports cars is that they look electric and therefore look like modern products that can be replaced at will. Our design must be timeless. » Other features at the front are the almond-shaped headlights and distinctive fenders. The airflow of the cooling system is directed through large air intakes so that the best possible aerodynamic performance is achieved. Designer refers to the close collaboration between design and engineering.
However, the Vayanne’s design should not only look suitable for supercars, but also be suitable for everyday use. “The ground clearance of the car can be adjusted between twelve and seventeen centimeters using the lifting system. Of course there is space for a golf bag in the trunk. There is also another luggage compartment in the front.” In the cockpit, it must be ensured that the driver can optimally focus on the task This means that the most important operating functions can still be accessed via buttons and switches – thus avoiding the distraction of touch screen operation. In addition to the various buttons, there is also a digital instrument cluster and a touch screen in the center console. That is, the steering wheel with a hip yoke is not used, and a regular round steering wheel is used.But what is striking is the selector lever with its glass dome.
“Inside there’s plenty of storage space, and with a configurable active audio system, the Vayanne is also a top-tier car in terms of driving noise,” says Potuka. Sustainable materials are used inside to match the green theme with an all-electric drive. The leather used for the seat upholstery is manufactured and treated under strict sustainability rules. The two connected LED strips light up behind a plexiglass cover in the truest sense of the word. They hug the entire interior from one door to the dashboard to the other. Depending on the viewing angle, the appearance of the light strip changes, which is implemented using the technology of the Halo Infinity mirror. The reflections of the integrated diodes create a tunnel that appears to reach infinity.
99 Unique Planned Pieces
Potoka began exploring the digital possibilities of representing 3D design at the age of 14. Finally, at the age of 17, he produced his first prototype car using 3D printing. After further steps of perfection and gaining knowledge in the field of automobile production, Deus Vayanne was born. Although the Vayanne was presented in New York as a concept car, according to Butuca, it’s already ready for serial production. 99 units will be manufactured by Italdesign. “Each vehicle will be unique,” emphasizes the designer. «Once the configuration is defined, it is no longer possible again.»
Regardless of the individual vehicle configuration, the three electric motors—two at the rear and one at the front—always ensure the hurricane force accelerates. The goal is to bring 2,040 Nm and more than 2,200 HP to the road. Vayanne, who is 4.58 meters long and weighs 1,810 kilograms, usually has this on four wheels. However, the fully variable all-wheel drive system can only drive the front wheels or only the rear wheels if less power is required. The 85 kWh lithium-ion battery, which is enough for a range of up to 500 km, can be charged up to 80 percent in 20 minutes at up to 350 kW.
And the price? It is secondary to divine infinity, of course. Potuka estimates that his fortune will be between 2.5 and 3 million euros. The first deliveries are planned for 2025. The Deus debuted in Europe from May 20-22 in the Villa d’Este park in Cernobbio (I) (see page 20). The official European premiere will be celebrated in Monaco on June 8 – together with Albert II, the car-loving Prince of Monaco. The Austrian-Italian-English car will once again appear at the Battery Show on June 20 in Stuttgart (D).