Living in the UAE, you don’t have to travel far to swap skyscraper-filled skylines for silky sand dunes. You do, however, have to switch vehicles. Unless you have a cool $465,000 going spare to shell out on Laffite’s powerful new creation.
Billed as the first “all-terrain street-legal supercar,” the G-Tec X-Road boasts a 6.2-liter GM LS3 V8 that’s capable of delivering between 463 and 710 horsepower, with 17 inches of suspension travel primed to absorb every second of airtime.
Tipping the scales at just 1,300 kg, this rear-wheel-drive wagon has the power-to-weight ratio of a high-performance racer (4.09 lbs/hp) all while being equipped to handle even the toughest of terrains. When it comes to transmission, the choice is between a five-speed sequential or a six-speed paddle shift gearbox, with both sending power to the rear wheels.
While its impressive off-road credentials are an obvious draw, the G-Tec X-Road’s chunky wheels and futuristic lines will turn heads on city streets, and the interior is equally luxe.
If you think the car looks familiar, that’s because its predecessor was the SandRacer 500GT. UAE-based Zarooq Motors unveiled the high-speed dune runner back in 2015 to coincide with the company’s plans to open a sand racing track in Dubai.
Though their initial plans for a one-make off-road championship never materialised, Bruno Laffite – who was operations director at Zarooq Motors at the time – has given the project legs (or rather, wheels) five years on.
With the addition of some G-Tec magic on the chassis, the expertise of racing engineer Philippe Gautheron and the know-how of Team Virage Group, the two-seater supercar has been reimagined as the X-Road.
Just 30 will be made, rolling off the production line towards the end of 2020. An all-electric version of the vehicle is set to follow, with a price tag starting from $545,000.
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