When we think of supercars, the names that automatically come to our mind are the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Maserati, Porsche, Bugatti, etc. Or maybe even relative newcomers like Koenigsegg and Pagani.
Then came W Motors.
W Motors is a car company founded in Beirut in Lebanon. It is not exactly a place associated with supercar manufacturing, but its founders were aiming for exactly that, the first supercar made in the region.
Sari el Khalil established the company in July of 2012, along with Ralph Debbas. Debbas had some ideas on the design of a super vehicle, having been a former student at the School of Art and Design of Coventry University.
The company has since opened its headquarters in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It is in the Dubai Motor Show this November that the company will unveil the production version of its first supercar, the Lykan Hypersport. This comes a mere 10 months after the concept version was introduced to the public during the Qatar Motor Show.
Have you ever noticed how futuristic concept cars feature a fantastic, out of this world drawing, but come production time, the actual look ends up a lot different from the digital rendering? Well, the Lykan Hypersport is an exception as W Motors hit a homerun in turning the concept into reality.
The car looks tough, just like an armored vehicle, as the surfacing treatments are sufficiently layered. It has an extremely thick roof and though it has not been advertised as bomb proof, chances are that the car is at least bomb-resistant.
Both front and back fenders protrude at least five inches from the door. The front part curves up smoothly and elegantly, while the back has a sharp and chopped bottom edge. This helps a lot in the car’s aerodynamics, as the huge ventilation behind every wheel allows for significantly reduced air pressure in the wheel wells.
The Lykan Hypersport will feature scissor doors that can be fully extended and which will allow other people to view the car’s design from afar. It is just like the Phantom Coupe of Rolls-Royce, though the latter’s doors do not angle upwards as fully as the Hypersport.
Then, there is the aforementioned rear fender. It is probably around two feet wider than the front fender. It flares wildly from the body, and car aficionados will probably recall the 1960’s Ford GT Le Mans entry from its look.
The inside speaks of pure racing, with its carbon fiber shells for the seats and the small steering wheel. There are individual leather pads on top of the carbon seats. These pads are spaced apart by around a half-inch. The steering wheel, meanwhile, has a racing Alcantara placed on an east west direction, with the drapes at the nine o’ clock and three o’ clock positions.
Then, there are the ultra futuristic gauges. You can start off with the ID4 displays through the TFT panel. It is located right in the center speed area and it shows a lot of different data and can also display several different colors. There is also an ID4 motion graphic design that imitates the speedometer and tachometer technology of the Lexus LFA.
The dashboard also has a space allotted for a sizeable central touchscreen. The plan is for holographic features to pop out from the screen once you set your finger upon it. Think of the communication facilities first shown in the original Star Wars series of movies. Well, this time, the Lykan Hypersport will be delivering it for real.
Even the ignition key is unique and sporty. It is made of carbon fiber and is shaped like a thin triangle. It has the usual remote start, locks and trunk releases. Door handles can also be operated remotely, meaning you can pull open the scissor door before you even get near the car. Once you are inside the vehicle, the door automatically shuts.
The Power Inside
With the Lykan Hypersport’s cutting edge looks, it surely must have an engine that will give justice to its sporty appearance. And indeed, the car does not disappoint.
The Hypersport is powered by a twin turbo, flat six RUF-tuned Porsche engine. This engine can produce up to a massive 750 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque. Though the 750 horsepower may be underwhelming if you already own a Bugatti Veyron or a Lamborghini Veneno, still you have to keep in mind that RUF is a German tuner that can maximize all the juice out of an engine. It is not far fetched for the engine to have up to 1,250 horsepower.
No details have been released yet on the setups of the differential and the transmission systems. Most likely, it will also sport the full complement of parts from RUF, namely the suspension, transmission system and the brakes. The brake package that can be seen behind the satin black wheels locked at the center indicates that it is one monster stopper.
In any case, you can be sure that W Motors will not be having problems coordinating closely with RUF. After all, RUF already has a supercar center located in Bahrain, which is pretty close to the office of W Motors in Dubai.
So once all the integral RUF parts are bolted in securely into the car, how fast can the Hypersport go? The company promises a top speed of 245 miles per hour, with the ability to accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in an astounding 2.8 seconds. Take a slightly prolonged blink and you will probably miss it.
Word is that all seven units to be released have all been accounted for. If you are not one of the lucky ones, a Hypersport Spyder is said to be on the planning stage. A cheaper Lykan Supersport may also be released in the future.
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