Lykan HyperSport

The Lykan HyperSport, is a Lebanese limited production sports car manufactured by W Motors, a United Arab Emirates based company, founded in 2012 in Lebanon with the collaboration of Lebanese[3] and Italian engineers.[4] It is the first sports car to be designed and produced indigenously in the Middle East.[5]

Lykan HyperSport
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The Lykan HyperSport in Monaco
Overview
ManufacturerW Motors
Production2013–2017
Model years2014–2017
AssemblyDubai, United Arab Emirates
DesignerRalph Debbas[1]
Anthony Jannarelly[2]
Benoit Fraylon[1]
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutRear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Doors2
Powertrain
Engine3.7 L twin-turbocharged flat-six
Transmission6-speed sequential manual
7-speed dual-clutch
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,625 mm (103 in)
Length4,480 mm (176 in)
Width1,944 mm (77 in)
Height1,170 mm (46 in)
Kerb weight1,380 kg (3,042 lb)
Chronology
SuccessorFenyr SuperSport

The production of the car was limited to a total of seven units.[6] The first pre-production Lykan HyperSport was unveiled to the public at the Qatar Motor Show in February 2013.[7]

Pricing and salesEdit

At US$3.4 million, the Lykan HyperSport was the third most expensive production car at time of its production. The HyperSport is the first car to have headlights with embedded jewels; they contain titanium LED blades with 440 diamonds (15cts);[8] although buyers had a selection of rubies, diamonds, yellow diamonds, and sapphires to be integrated into the vehicle's headlights at purchase based on the colour choice. The car also uses a holographic display system on the centre console with interactive motion features, as well as gold stitching on the seats. In June 2015, the Abu Dhabi Police purchased a Lykan HyperSport.[9] The Abu Dhabi Police car is included in the total of seven, meaning only six were available for purchase by customers. W Motors has since confirmed all cars were sold.

SpecificationsEdit

PowertrainEdit

The Lykan HyperSport is powered by a 3.7 litre (3,746 cc) twin-turbocharged flat-six engine developed by Ruf Automobile,[10] producing a (claimed) maximum power output of 581.6 kW (780 hp) at 7,100 rpm and 960 N⋅m (708 lb⋅ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm.[11] The engine has a mid-rear mounted position and transfers power to the rear wheels. There have been no independent tests of the power output of the vehicle.

TransmissionEdit

The Lykan HyperSport was available with either a 6-speed sequential manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission. The transmission is paired with a limited-slip differential and is mounted transversely at the rear of the car.[12]

SuspensionEdit

The Lykan HyperSport uses a MacPherson strut suspension on the front axle, and multi-link suspension with horizontal coil over shock absorbers at the rear axle. Anti-roll bars are also installed at both axles.[12]

WheelsEdit

The Lykan HyperSport is equipped with forged aluminum wheels with diameters of 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear. The tyres are Pirelli P Zeros with codes of 255/35 ZR 19 for the front and 335/30 ZR 20 for the rear. The brakes have ventilated ceramic composite discs, with a diameter of 380 mm each and using six-piston aluminium callipers at the front and rear.[12]

PerformanceEdit

The manufacturer claims a top speed of 395 km/h (245 mph), depending on the gear ratio setup. The car has claimed acceleration times of 2.8 seconds for 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) and 9.4 seconds for 0-200 km/h (0-125 mph), though no independent tests have been conducted. There was a demonstration of the car by W Motors in 2013 in Dubai, in which they claim to have recorded the car's performance.

Film versionEdit

A Lykan HyperSport was featured in the film Furious 7. The film's car coordinator Dennis McCarthy explained in an interview[13] that the Lykan HyperSports used in the film were not production models but purpose-built by W Motors for the film using the same molds, but cheaper material (fiberglass instead of carbon fiber) and a simpler chassis. Of the ten produced for the film, one was returned to W Motors and is displayed in their showroom. The other nine were destroyed.

Several Lykan HyperSport replicas were also used in the 2018 British Fast & Furious Live show. At least one has since been sold, and was imported to the United States by Sam Hard (Hard Up Garage) and Ed Bolian (VINwiki). It will be built into a driveable car using a Porsche Boxster chassis by Casey Putsch and Genius Garage. The build is being documented on YouTube.[14]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Gallina, Eric (15 November 2013). "Inside W Motors, Creators of the Lykan Hypersport". Form Trends. Archived from the original on 3 December 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  2. ^ Viknesh Vijayenthiran (22 December 2015). "Lykan HyperSport designer". Motor Authority. Archived from the original on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  3. ^ Branden J. Peters (16 June 2014). "W Motors: A Conversation With The Designer Of The World's Most Controversial Supercar". Complex. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  4. ^ "CEO and Founder of W Motors on the Lykan Hypersport | Haute Dubai Magazine (Dubai, UAE)". www.hautedubaimagazine.com. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  5. ^ "W Motors: The world's first Arab supercar manufacturer". CNN. 30 June 2015. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  6. ^ "W Motors unveils US$3.4 million Lykan Hypersport". www.gizmag.com. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Lykan HyperSport" (PDF). W Motors. November 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Lykan HyperSport". W Motors. Archived from the original on 28 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Abu Dhabi police adds one of world's rarest cars, Lykan HyperSport, to garage". news.com.au. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Lykan Hypersport Specifications". W Motors. 3 February 2013. Archived from the original on 21 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Specification sheet". W Motors. Archived from the original on 30 December 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  12. ^ a b c "Lykan HyperSport Technical Data" (PDF). W Motors. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  13. ^ "A Q&A with Dennis McCarthy, the man behind Furious 7's insane cast of cars". Archived from the original on 4 April 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  14. ^ Vijayenthiran, Viknesh (10 April 2020). "Genius Garage to turn a Porsche Boxster into a Lykan Hypersport". Motor Authority. Archived from the original on 13 April 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2020.

External linksEdit

Official website