By Lubna Hamdan
Zarooq Motors' SandRacer 500GT goes against regular supercars that are “not designed for speed bumps”
Following two years of testing and mechanical improvements, Emirati supercar manufacturer Zarooq Motors has revealed the first production model of the SandRacer 500GT, priced at $450,000 (AED1.7m).
The 2-seater, rear-wheel drive, mid-engine supercar, features an all-carbon fibre body designed by a hypercar artist, while its interior bears luxury hand-stitched leather.
The car’s initial design was revealed during the Abu Dhabi F1 GP in December 2015.
Unlike most supercars that are “not designed for speed bumps,” the idea behind the SandRacer 500GT was to create one that is suited for city commuting as well as off-road terrain, according to Zarooq Motors’ executive Mohammed Al Qadi.
"Zarooq Motors makes supercars that are unique since you can take them on a week-end track day or for a luxurious commute in the city but also on any off-road terrain, even the toughest dunes of the Arabian Desert where they were born,” he said.
Luxury materials used on vehicles such as Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini were reportedly used in the design of the SandRacer's interior and body.
The fittings include a digital dashboard, climate control, CarPlay compatible infotainment and bespoke Mansory carbon fibre seats and steering wheel.
Its performance includes 525hp and 660Nm from a tuned 6.2 litre V8, which goes well with its lightweight racing chassis with a built-in roll cage designed by Campos Racing Grand Prix engineers.
Sales of the first limited-edition series of 35 supercars have started. The first models which have already been ordered will be delivered by Q4 this year.For all the latest car news & reviews from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.