W Motors to make $3.4m sports car in UAE, Qatar

Lebanese manufacturer will move production of LykanHypersport from Italy to Gulf states

W Motors, the Beirut-based manufacturer of a US$3.4m sports car, will be moving its production operation from Italy to the UAE and Qatar, the Daily Star reported, citing Ralph Debbas, chairman and chief operating officer of the company. 

The LykanHypersport 2013 car, the first luxury sport scar to be designed and produced by an Arab, will be showcased at the Qatar Motor Show on January 29, the Beirut-based newspaper reported. 

Debbas, who has produced seven models of the new sports car, previously designed for luxury car makers like Land Rover and Aston Martin before starting W Motors in 2006, according to the newspaper.

The LykanHypersport features LED lights encrusted with 15 carats of diamonds, a gold-stitched leather interior, a reverse door-opening system. The car accelerates from zero to 100 kmph in 2.8 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 390 kmph.

The company will start taking orders for the LykanHypersport at the Qatar Motor Show with delivery set for September. W Motors aims to produce a cheaper model of the Lykan for November's Dubai Auto Show with US$1.6m price tag.

In December, India's Tata Group said it was signing a preliminary agreement to manufacture 50,000 Land Rover vehicles in Saudi Arabia. Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover is owned by Tata Motors, a unit of Tata Group. As part of the US$1.2bn investment in the kingdom a manufacturing plant will be set up by 2017.

Car manufacturing in the Arab world started in Egypt under the rule of Gamal Abdel Nasser. The North African country assembled vehicles for General Motors, Mercedes, Hyundai, BMW, China's Geely and Lada. Prior to the implementation of stricter international sanctions, Tehran-based Khodro Company (IKCO) was the largest car manufacturer in the Middle East, producing Samand, Peugeot and Renault vehicles. 

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Posted by: Omar

I liked SASA reply and I am sure 100% if he will search more (assuming that he knows how to) he will find that even the most famous car manufacturers directors and designers are not natives, but i can understand their shock of such an amazing car coming from such a small country like Lebanon (small in size only).

I have compared this car with all of the same category and I am certain that it is the best.

I had a dream to own an Astone Martine BUT now I have changed my dream and this icon became my new dream

Posted by: Ted

Smoke and mirrors? Time will tell. If nothing else, an interesting and provocative design.

Posted by: SAM

You must learn how to walk before you start running! I don't mean to trash dreamers, but this product is pure nonesense. I checked out the company website and googled for any MEANINGFUL information about this company and I found nothing noteworthy. I can not see how is it possible to have a plausible business model covering the manufacturing of this type of product. Personally, I have more respect for any company in the region that would attempt to manufacture on their own a simple bicycle, than for someone who claims to have built a super car, by simply adding gold and diamond to a prototype made primarily by a German manufacturer and Italian consultants and designers.

Posted by: SASA

Dreamers or not, you MUST have a dream first in order to make something happen. As a leader or a critic, one should always make sure that he gives constructive criticism that can show through and through instead of a jealous ill critics. If you knew enough about cars, you will know that Ferrari is Only an Italian brand name built by Germans, same as Lamborghini and that OPEL and HOLDEN cars are a JV between Germans, USA and Australian companies, same as the Buffori cars being Lebanese, Australian Asian cars... needless to say more... this world is full of followers and jealous creatures, which lead me to say if you have nothing constructive and nice to say about anything better don't waste people's time with your poor comments, instead if you know so much about sourcing info, you should offer your services to see you can make this project a better one!! enough said

Posted by: MAD

Proud to be Lebanese (hate politicians and followers),, but I feel very sorry for all the brains that are not getting the necessary support in order to prove innovation and inventions. this car was a project of a young guy who was looking for financing for years.

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