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First Arab Supercar Costs $3.4 Million, Has Diamond-Encrusted Headlights

samzenpus posted about 5 months ago | from the get-the-undercoat dept.

The Almighty Buck 241

cartechboy writes "If you're looking for bling, you can always count on Dubai. At the Dubai Motor Show this week, Lebanon-based W Motors unveiled what is billed as the world's first Arab-built super car. The Lykan Hypersport incorporates jewels and precious metals in its construction, suicide-style doors, and an interactive holographic display system. (Yes, drivers will be able to adjust radio volume via a holograph.) The 750 horsepower car accelerates to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 245 mph. The cost: $3.4 million, but owners will also receive a Cyrus Klepcys watch, said to be valued at around $200,000. W Motors plans a whopping 7 units for production."

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Wonder about the mileage (4, Funny)

Arancaytar (966377) | about 5 months ago | (#45385147)

Not that it is relevant to anyone who could possibly buy this.

Re:Wonder about the mileage (4, Funny)

binarylarry (1338699) | about 5 months ago | (#45385175)

It's for the oil sheik who has everything.

Re:Wonder about the mileage (4, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 5 months ago | (#45385231)

Except possibly taste...

Re:Wonder about the mileage (3, Funny)

binarylarry (1338699) | about 5 months ago | (#45385357)

Honestly it looks more tasteful than I imagined.

I figured it would be shaped like a giant penis with death to america written on the windshield and really gaudy gems and gold chrome paint.

Re:Wonder about the mileage (5, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | about 5 months ago | (#45385779)

All of the Shieks LOVE america and americans. They are richer than anyone because of americans and our buying every drop of oil they can sell us.
It is the poor people that get upset as we support the ultra rich that kill the poor people for sport or do everything they can to keep them repressed and suppressed.

the price of ONE if these cars can elevate 300 Saudi poor to owning a modest home that is comfortable and has clean water and sanitation. But they will not do that. Instead they will drive this car and have their security torture and then kill any poor person who dares to steal one of the diamonds on the headlights.

Re:Wonder about the mileage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385885)

Less than 30% of Saudi oil exports go to the US. Middle Eastern oil is important, yet makes up way less than half of US oil imports.

Re:Wonder about the mileage (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385907)

You seem to lack any education in history.. 90% was exports to the USA back in the beginning when they all got filthy rich.

Re:Wonder about the mileage (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385943)

Hmm, I thought it would be camel shaped, with whale penis interiors, and driver sensor system that bricks the car and calls home if a woman tries to drive it. The death to america theme would be embroidered quite tastefully into the seats and the rest of the motif (burning american flags maybe). The holographic music player would come pre loaded with a full discography of briteney spears and mariah carrey. I will of course have a secret stash of 50 yr old whiskey. And of course space for an RPG in the boot.

Instead, it looks like any run of the mill supercar. I would of preferred them sticking with their misogynist camel themed obsessions instead of aping the europeans. Here's to progress.

Re:Wonder about the mileage (1)

nospam007 (722110) | about 5 months ago | (#45385521)

"It's for the oil sheik who has everything."

More like a rapper.

Re:Wonder about the mileage (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | about 5 months ago | (#45385559)

Yeah... I'm thinking most rappers wouldn't be able to afford this car.

It makes the Bugatti Veyron look like a toyota.

Re:Wonder about the mileage (4, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | about 5 months ago | (#45385791)

Except the Veyron is well built and a hell of a lot faster. This car is the prime example of gold plating a turd. Look at how they open the doors, they look as if they are ready to fall off. and the engine can not generate the HP they claim it can.

Re:Wonder about the mileage (3, Informative)

AK Marc (707885) | about 5 months ago | (#45385343)

It looks to have a modified version of the 911 engine, so probably not too bad. Most "supercars" like this are Porsches or Ferrari/Lamborghinis with a body kit, sometimes an engine swap as well. This looks like a Lambo with a Porsche engine. And bling. With some high tech gadgets for electronic bling.

In addition to RUF, several other notable firms are aiding the development of W Motors’ two cars. The list includes independent vehicle manufacturer and auto parts supply giant Magna Steyr, Italian design house StudioTorino and reborn Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Viotti.

Well, maybe not an Italian base, but hired the people that design them. The next question I'd ask is where it's built. But I couldn't determine that from the skim through TFA.

Re:Wonder about the mileage (5, Interesting)

Dogtanian (588974) | about 5 months ago | (#45385609)

It looks to have a modified version of the 911 engine, so probably not too bad. Most "supercars" like this are Porsches or Ferrari/Lamborghinis with a body kit, sometimes an engine swap as well.

So, yeah. Just another example of some "expensive" bulls**t being little more than a much less expensive thing with lots of gratuitous and tacky bling glued on. (*)

I mean, so what? I could make the "world's most expensive car" by gluing the Koh-i-Noor diamond [wikipedia.org] to a 1998 Vauxhall Corsa [wikipedia.org] . Who cares? It's still just a clapped-out Vauxhall Corsa.

Then again, it's entirely appropriate that this would be unveiled at the Dubai motor show, held in a location notorious for its gratuitous bling architecture such as the Burj Khalifa [wikipedia.org] , the tallest building in the world that needs trucks to remove all the crap [gizmodo.com] because they don't even have the sewage infrastructure. Yeah, I'm impressed guys... come back when you can actually develop a supercar- or half-modern society- yourselves. This doesn't count.

(*) Ironically, the reason why so many products at this level of "premium" *are* just bog-standard kit with jewels glued on is because they couldn't *actually* afford to pay what it would cost to develop a car that was (e.g.) 25% faster than the current record-holder or a phone that was twice as fast and had twice as high resolution as the current best model... unless they were to sell in large numbers, which would entirely defeat the purpose. The development and tooling cost would render them ludicrously expensive even for the richest people in the world- many of these things only work out as being economic because they're intended to sell in the millions to us plebs. You can wave several million dollars at Intel, and you still won't get a processor that's twice as fast as their current high-end mass-market model. Ha ha, nice Corsa you've got there. :-P

Re:Wonder about the mileage (1)

mlts (1038732) | about 5 months ago | (#45385845)

Regardless of quality, would anyone want to drive a vehicle like that on most roads and risk getting rear-ended by someone texting and didn't notice (or care) about the situation around them? Some stuff is just too valuable to be driven unless the cost to re-buy is chump change.

To a lesser extent, this car reminds me somewhat of the pre-iPhone cellular industry about 10 years ago. Nokia and others sometimes had models put out which were not as breathtakingly advanced, but instead, had silver/gold cases, inlaid gems or crystals.

These days, expensive with smartphones usually means something that is an average device, but ends up blinged out. The only smartphone I've seen which has tech advances possibly worth the premium would be the Chairman by Ulysse Nardin, with its wind-up system to power the phone. Of course, last time I checked, it is running Android 2.2.

Luddites (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385179)

Let me know how much of it is 3D printed, then I'll be impressed.

if a sheikh had $3 million spare, why not charity? (3, Interesting)

Joining Yet Again (2992179) | about 5 months ago | (#45385201)

And none of these "HE EARNT IT FROM THE SWEAT OF HIS BROW" lies, please.

1) Hard workers are poor - smart workers are rich;

2) Arab oil magnates CERTAINLY didn't work for it.

Re:if a sheikh had $3 million spare, why not chari (1, Interesting)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 5 months ago | (#45385289)

Personally I suspect that anyone who has amassed such riches is a selfish person. It's not like you wake up one day and suddenly are a multimillionaire. I don't know any millionaires personally though, so who knows.

Re:if a sheikh had $3 million spare, why not chari (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385459)

In the case of these Arab skieks, they get it by exploiting the natural resources of their land. They got where they are because their great-great-grandpa was in charge and was able to cut deals with the Europeans when they controlled that area. After the Europeans left, they filled in the power gap and kept the oppressive system going.

Now to stay in power, they tell the little people that they are poor and have no hope of things getting better because of Israel and the US of A.

In the meantime, they buy shit like this car instead of plowing the money back into their own society and peoples. Because, if they were actually to educate and invest in their own peoples, the little people would figure out that the true enemy of their well being isn't Israel or the US* but these assholes who exploit them and their lands.

*Yes, I realize the US does have something to do with it - like helping to keep these assholes in power.

What the Arab peoples need to do, is line these guys up, shoot them, and create a democracy.

The Persians need to knock of their religious leaders because they are even bigger assholes and frauds. Beware of clergy: they are the biggest power hungry people on Earth and the most Evil.

Re:if a sheikh had $3 million spare, why not chari (3, Informative)

CRCulver (715279) | about 5 months ago | (#45386177)

In the meantime, they buy shit like this car instead of plowing the money back into their own society and peoples.

The Gulf Arab states are massive examples of the state "plowing the mony back into their own society and peoples". If you are a native, life is good: free universities, high-salary jobs that don't require much work, all kinds of subsidies. It is the migrant workers from mainly the Indian Subcontinent that have it bad, but even the simplest UAE native enjoys a very high quality of life.

Your vision of poor masses held down and turned against Israel and the US may hold to some degree for Saudi Arabia or pre-revolutionary Syria, but it does not hold for the welfare states of the Gulf.

Re:if a sheikh had $3 million spare, why not chari (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45386019)

Personally I suspect that anyone who has amassed such riches is a selfish person. It's not like you wake up one day and suddenly are a multimillionaire. I don't know any millionaires personally though, so who knows.

The millionaire who actually works to amass their wealth is usually not a selfish individual. They know what they had to do to get there, and most of them started with nothing. And quite a few of them are often charitable, and not just for the tax breaks.

The selfish cocksuckers with more money than sense are the ones born into it, swaddled in a gilded crib. Don't think for one second their financial sense was any less fucked from birth.

Re:if a sheikh had $3 million spare, why not chari (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385367)

This car is chump change for Middle Eastern royalty than can afford a $600 million dollar yacht like this one [cnn.com] . The operation and maintenance costs on this yacht alone are estimated to be $60 million/year.

I do agree with you though, this money could be better spent.

Re:if a sheikh had $3 million spare, why not chari (1)

roman_mir (125474) | about 5 months ago | (#45385421)

Charity? How about using the money wisely to invest in a business opportunity? OTOH somebody who owns part of an oil production probably doesn't care about other business opportunities, but charity? WTF?

Re:if a sheikh had $3 million spare, why not chari (1)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | about 5 months ago | (#45385433)

And none of these "HE EARNT IT FROM THE SWEAT OF HIS BROW" lies, please.

1) Hard workers are poor - smart workers are rich;

2) Arab oil magnates CERTAINLY didn't work for it.

Not sure what you are intending to slam ... capitalism, or Islam?

Re:if a sheikh had $3 million spare, why not chari (1)

ewibble (1655195) | about 5 months ago | (#45385857)

I think you are missing out lucky, you don't have to smart to be born int wealth.

Even then their wealth was not originally created by hard work, or even smart work, it created by taking resources that belonged to everyone and using it to benefit themselves. Ok their ancestors where smart thieves, but not smart workers.

Re:if a sheikh had $3 million spare, why not chari (1)

epine (68316) | about 5 months ago | (#45386223)

belonged to everyone

You must be arguing from a theistic position. It's sure not supported by the genetic code as expressed by wolves, seagulls, sharks, or dragons.

Because the human greed gullet sometimes takes years to complete the swallowing motion, we're the dancing bees of declaring "dibs".

A highly popular dance move is the puerile head fake of vapid collectivism.

It's certainly true that all life on earth shares the destiny of our damp blue marble, which should give pause to the greedy algorithm running amok.

Another highly popular head fake is the display of flagrant excess. Gives the chattering classes a focal point having nothing to do with reforming the "heads I win, tails you loose" gravy train known as Wall Street.

Re: if a sheikh had $3 million spare, why not char (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45386079)

I'm glad that the spend it on crap. A Muslims idea of a good cause is funding a terrorist attack in the west.

Re:if a sheikh had $3 million spare, why not chari (1)

houghi (78078) | about 5 months ago | (#45386219)

Why OR/OR why not AND/AND. Perhaps he has $6 million to spend and he give $3 million to charity.

Yes, but... (0)

vikingpower (768921) | about 5 months ago | (#45385233)

...will it run Linux ?

Re:Yes, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385305)

The answer, my friend, is YES, you can bet your bloody-axe on it, YES!
but,but..... how long would it take to run the gauntlet down to the PRISM headquarters at SiSense in Tel-Aviv? it aint even a hundred-eighty miles......

Re:Yes, but... (1)

KiloByte (825081) | about 5 months ago | (#45385443)

Or rather, how many tens of embedded CPUs running Linux are hidden within components of that car.

Massive Fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385235)

245 MPH, suicide doors, diamond headlights. This is an epic disaster on wheels!

Whip me, Indy! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385237)

I've jumped out of a plane - but I'm not a sky diver.

I've written a song - but I've never been in a band

But suck one cock ...

And this ladies and gents, is why I'm a socialist (4, Insightful)

rsilvergun (571051) | about 5 months ago | (#45385259)

I can think of a lot of better uses for $23.8 million dollars then some toy car...

Re:And this ladies and gents, is why I'm a sociali (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385293)

Where did you get that figure? It says 3.4 million.

Re:And this ladies and gents, is why I'm a sociali (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385453)

3.4 * 7

Re:And this ladies and gents, is why I'm a sociali (1)

AJWM (19027) | about 5 months ago | (#45385469)

But the production run is seven. $23.8 M for all seven, buy one for each day of the week...

Re:And this ladies and gents, is why I'm a sociali (1)

hsmith (818216) | about 5 months ago | (#45385485)

Yeah, rich royals are the perfect reason to be a socialist. How brain dead.

Re:And this ladies and gents, is why I'm a sociali (1)

ewibble (1655195) | about 5 months ago | (#45386055)

I don't see how the grandparent was suggesting socialism but anyway.

Just because you don't believe in socialism doesn't mean that having people who do effectively no work and waste huge amounts or resources is right.

There are many things in between pure socialism and pure capitalism, and maybe even other ways that are not either.

I believe in both hard work, intelligence, risk taking, ... should be rewarded, but their also needs to be a level of fairness as well. It does not have to be totally fair life's tough get over it, but the extremes can be eliminated. The top 10 CEOs in the US earn other $100 million the average wage is about 0.04 Million you are in a dream world if you think these people work 2500 times harder, better, smarter than the average worker.

Also the reward does not necessarily need to be money.

Re:And this ladies and gents, is why I'm a sociali (1)

RightwingNutjob (1302813) | about 5 months ago | (#45385567)

I'm sure you can, for your own personal definition of Better. Then again, the Sheikh probably thinks he knows better than you how to use his people's money because he is mandated by God, fate, and destiny to rule whatever land it is we're talking about here. I'm sure there's a distinction in viewpoints here, but I realize I'm failing to grasp it.

Re:And this ladies and gents, is why I'm a sociali (0, Flamebait)

ArchieBunker (132337) | about 5 months ago | (#45385619)

To quote the always beloved Margaret Thatcher "The only problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money".

Re:And this ladies and gents, is why I'm a sociali (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385929)

The banks ran out of other peoples' money but the capitalists never seem to run out of other peoples' labor.

How much faster would it go.... (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 5 months ago | (#45385263)

One has to wonder how much faster it would go if you got rid all the unnecessary opulence built into this car.

Re:How much faster would it go.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385333)

not much faster then the rest of the traffic jam...but you do it in cheesy style

Conspicuous Consumption (4, Interesting)

wrackspurt (3028771) | about 5 months ago | (#45385265)

Conspicuous consumption [wikipedia.org] is the spending of money on and the acquiring of luxury goods and services to publicly display economic power â" either the buyerâ(TM)s income or the buyerâ(TM)s accumulated wealth. Sociologically, to the conspicuous consumer, such a public display of discretionary economic power is a means either of attaining or of maintaining a given social status.

Moreover, invidious consumption, a more specialized sociologic term, denotes the deliberate conspicuous consumption of goods and services intended to provoke the envy of other people, as a means of displaying the buyerâ(TM)s superior socio-economic status.

Nothing new.

Re:Conspicuous Consumption (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385321)

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there a hadith against things like this? From what I understand, conspicuous displays of wealth are forbidden in Islam, as they are signs of vanity. And let's face it, a car with jewel-encrusted headlights is about as vain as it gets. Not that any of the sheiks and oil barons are anything close to devout unless it suits them at the time...

Re:Conspicuous Consumption (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385463)

Religion is for the proles.

Re:Conspicuous Consumption (1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | about 5 months ago | (#45385631)

What the hell is a buyerâ(TM)s

Re:Conspicuous Consumption (1)

jfengel (409917) | about 5 months ago | (#45385837)

It's what happens when a web site by geeks, for geeks, inexplicably manages to fail to support a character encoding standard that every other web site has handled for a decade.

Re:Conspicuous Consumption (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385975)

Well, it has stopped being 'by geeks', and therefore 'for geeks' a decade ago, too. Now it's rather 'by morons' 'for morons'.

Signed,
Anonymous Moron

Re:Conspicuous Consumption (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45386305)

Well, it has stopped being â(TM)by geeksâ(TM), and therefore â(TM)for geeksâ(TM) a decade ago, too. Now itâ(TM)s rather â(TM)by moronsâ(TM) â(TM)for moronsâ(TM).

FTFY

Re:Conspicuous Consumption (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385661)

Is there anything more pathetic than somebody trying to look clever by linking to a Wikipedia article?

Wow, you can use a computer to read webpages on the internet, you are so intellectual!

You Can't Just Stick Diamonds On It (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385267)

That's like the "World's Most Expensive Champagne" which is just regular champagne with diamonds in the glass. If you're giving away a $200,000 watch with your car, then the value of the car is $200,000 less, not more.

Count on Dubai (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385271)

Gaudy nouveau riche showing off their lack of class and style. Yeah, you can have Dubai. Money doesn't make a man, though it certainly has unmade more than one. The Arabs haven't learned this, and given the generations of oil wealth they've had by now, they probably never will.

Re:Count on Dubai (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385467)

Don't worry, after the oil runs out in a few decades they'll be back to humping camels in tents.

Re:Count on Dubai (1)

Scarletdown (886459) | about 5 months ago | (#45386195)

Don't worry, after the oil runs out in a few decades they'll be back to humping camels in tents.

When the oil runs out, the smart ones will follow the example of the Roman Catholic church, set up an Islamic version of Vatican City, and then the oil income they are no longer pulling in can be replaced by offerings from their Muslim followers throughout the Western world. They could pull in hundreds of billions per year that way.

Arab supercar... suicide-style doors (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385311)

How quaint!

Suicide doors? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385319)

For an extra $50k, you can get the suicide bomber version.

No one wants to be blowing themselves up in a drab nondescript sedan.

This way, you can go out with a bang, in style, with extra bling.

Suicide-style doors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385371)

Is it just me, or does this feature not sound particularly attractive?

Granted, I have no idea what it means, but I feel that it is probably not the ideal marketing angle for the "world's first Arab-built supercar".

Re:Suicide-style doors? (5, Informative)

AJWM (19027) | about 5 months ago | (#45385515)

Suicide doors are doors with the hinges at the rear, so that it's "suicide" to open them if the vehicle is moving at any speed. In a regular car, the slipstream will tend to push the doors closed. With suicide doors, the slipstream tends to rip the doors fully open. If you're not belted in (the term dates to before mandatory seatbelts), and holding onto the door handle, you're likely to get yanked out too.

Re:Suicide-style doors? (1)

PPH (736903) | about 5 months ago | (#45385865)

Modern technology can prevent this problem. Electric latches controlled by vehicle speed and some sensing to ensure positive latch operation.

One advantage of this configuration is that the hinge, spring, counterweight assemblies are closer to the center of the vehicle. Important for a high performance, lightweight design.

<rant>Doors that swing upwards are also an advantage for smaller, lower vehicles parking in tighter spots. The "Compact Car" marked spots are nearly useless for smaller and lower two door cars (compact cars) with normal outward swinging doors. In fact, in some tight spots, the only vehicles that can be exited or entered are SUVs. You can crack the door and get in or out standing straight up. Where its not possible to open a door far enough to lean over and enter a standard sedan.</rant>

But I suspect that the Lykan incorporates these because they look cool.

Re:Suicide-style doors? (1)

RightwingNutjob (1302813) | about 5 months ago | (#45385579)

Doors that hinge in the back instead of in the front. Won't shut themselves by aerodynamic pressure at speed like normal car doors. Hence, "suicide" doors.

Fug Ugly (1)

TheTrueScotsman (1191887) | about 5 months ago | (#45385395)

And those wobbly suicide doors are hilarious.

Why can no modern car maker design something with the beauty and elegance of an E-Type or Muira?

At least it runs on gasoline (1)

Powercntrl (458442) | about 5 months ago | (#45385397)

Because, obviously if you can afford a 3.4 million dollar car, you can clearly afford the gas for it. Although, for that kind of money, you could probably buy a Tesla and still have plenty left over to hire someone to follow you with a generator, for the entire time you own your car.

If it's for the 1%, why advertise it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385399)

Oh yeah, to make everyone in the world feel like shit.

Re:If it's for the 1%, why advertise it? (1)

slart42 (694765) | about 5 months ago | (#45385965)

If it's for the 1%, why advertise it?

At the other comment points out, this is for the 0.001%.

But, generally you advertise such products to a wider audience, because why would the 1% (or 0.001%) buy stuff like this if the rest of the world couldn't tell how expensive it is? How big would the appeal of a Rolex watch be, if nobody else could tell that it's not some random no-name watch bough from a market selling chinese junk products (which, ironically, most "Rolexes" are).

Holography (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385407)

Holograph doesn't mean what cartechboy thinks it means. Let it be known.

This phenomenon needs to be studied (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 5 months ago | (#45385411)

It seems that the uber wealthy run out of ways to flaunt it, so they have to come up with more and more outlandish displays to let others know how much more they have than you. These aren't even improvements in quality or aesthetics. Tooling around in a Bugatti is passe, apparently.

Re:This phenomenon needs to be studied (1)

Nemyst (1383049) | about 5 months ago | (#45385557)

This reminds me of Vertu's mobile phones [vertu.com] like the Ti. Absurdly expensive (around $11k), running Android with a light skin, with an ancient dual-core and 1GB of RAM, just 64GB of flash memory, a tiny battery, an 8MP camera and a ridiculously dated 480x800 3.7" screen. The only reason to buy one is the unusual materials and the "concierge" service. It's basically a phone for people with a lot of money and little taste or knowledge.

There really seems to be a market for this sort of thing, that's the worst of it.

Purchase (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385681)

I would buy one for my wife, but women are not allowed to drive it.

Priorites (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 5 months ago | (#45385689)

I wont say they don't have the right to spend their money on what they want, but with people starving in the world this is offensive.

Features not that impressive (5, Informative)

Animats (122034) | about 5 months ago | (#45385691)

From the video, the door hold-up mechanism needs work. When they open the "suicide doors", which rotate backwards and upward, it looks like the counterbalancing system isn't quite right. The demonstrator has to adjust the door to keep it open, and then it shakes.

There is a web site for the company [wmotors.ae] with more specs. The engine is a 6-cylinder boxer type, which seems undersized for the claimed performance. Most supercars have from 8 to 18 cylinders.

Surprisingly, it's not an all-wheel drive vehicle. Most supercar-class sedans are. I'm surprised they can get that acceleration with rear wheel drive only. There are rear wheel drive race cars that can do it, but sedan-sized cars usually need all-wheel drive to get enough traction. The rear tires aren't especially large. There's nothing like Formula I aerodynamics to get huge levels of downforce. I wonder if this thing's claimed acceleration just reflects performance on a dynamometer.

No active suspension, either. That's a real problem with supercars - if they're low enough to go fast, they're too low to go anywhere. See Top Gear's evaluation of the Bugatti Veyron, where it takes them an hour and wooden blocks to get it out of a driveway.

Maintenance: "a team of qualified W engineers will fly to anywhere in the world to service your Hypercar or to help with any problem you might encounter with the Lykan at any given time."

Re:Features not that impressive (1)

turgid (580780) | about 5 months ago | (#45385783)

The engine is a 6-cylinder boxer type, which seems undersized for the claimed performance. Most supercars have from 8 to 18 cylinders.

Why don't supercars use Wankel rotary engines [wikipedia.org] ? Twice the power-to-weight ratio of piston engines, fewer moving parts, more efficient at high speed, intrinsically balanced and low-vibration and can run at much higher RPMs.

Or, failing that, a hybrid electric gas turbine system?

What's with the Victorian engine design?

Re:Features not that impressive (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45386075)

Because when the apex seals go (and they will) you're in to an engine rebuild. Having to rebuild your engine every 150km is stupid.

no electric doors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385753)

no electric doors?

Nice car... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45385765)

Just highly impractical for daily life of just about anybody...
Car will be stolen faster than you can sneeze the moment you're out of it, especially due to those encrusted diamonds, jewels and other precious metals.

Diamond Encrusted Headlights (1)

nuckfuts (690967) | about 5 months ago | (#45385825)

Great idea. For sure nobody will try popping the diamonds out from around the headlights.

Some one in Bangladesh is going to be very happy (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 5 months ago | (#45385843)

Wow! What a car! Lucky, you some nameless Bangladeshi driver hired by the Sheikh.

Fun fact: Saudi Arabia prohibits women from driving cars, has imported some half million Pakistanis, Indians and Bangladeshis drivers.

Re:Some one in Bangladesh is going to be very happ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45386225)

This is not a car to be driven by a Bangladeshi chauffeur. The warehouse is full of European sedans for that purpose. No, this is a car to be driven by the young playboy Prince who, educated at Eton and Oxford, has barely spent a day in his father's homeland since he was 5 years old.

Have they actually built it yet? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 5 months ago | (#45385849)

I see a lot of CGI, and this:

If W Motors manages to pull it off, the Lykan Hypersport could potentially be the first car to feature an interactive holographic display system

Not enough bling. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45386167)

$3.4 mil and you don't get whale penis leather interior? Oh well, at least a woman will never drive it.

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