W Motors 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 and Italian engineers. It is the first sports car to be designed indigenously in the Middle East, however, the bodywork, chassis and engine were all produced in Germany and assembled in Italy.
|Assembly||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Sports car (S)|
|Body style||2-door coupé|
|Layout||Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive|
|Engine||3.7 L twin-turbocharged flat-six|
|Transmission||6-speed sequential manual|
|Wheelbase||2,625 mm (103 in)|
|Length||4,480 mm (176 in)|
|Width||1,944 mm (77 in)|
|Height||1,170 mm (46 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,380 kg (3,042 lb)|
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); 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. The Abu Dhabi Police car is included in the total of seven, meaning only six were available for purchase by customers.
The Lykan HyperSport is powered by a 3.7 litre (3,746 cc) twin-turbocharged flat-six engine developed by Ruf Automobile, 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. 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.
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 longitudinally at the rear of the car.
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.
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.
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.
A Lykan HyperSport was featured in the film Furious 7. The film's car coordinator Dennis McCarthy explained in an interview 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 during the course of filming.
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 an extensively modified Porsche Boxster chassis by Casey Putsch and Genius Garage under license from W Motors. The build is being documented on YouTube.
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