W Motors

W Motors is a Dubai-based car company, established originally in Beirut, Lebanon, in 2012 by Ralph R. Debbas. W Motors was the first Lebanese manufacturer of sports cars and is the first Middle East based manufacturer of luxury sports cars, or supercars. Development of the W Motors brand took seven years. European auto manufacturers Carrozzeria Viotti, Magna Steyr, RUF Automobile and StudioTorino were involved in W Motors's development. Initial investment topped US$13 million, some of which came from FFA Private Bank of Lebanon, who became a stakeholder in the company. W Motors founder Ralph Debbas has a master's degree in automotive design. W Motors was founded in Lebanon in July 2012. W Motors launched its first prototype model, the Lykan HyperSport, at the Qatar International Motor Show in January 2013. Shortly thereafter, the company moved its headquarters to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Also in 2013, Universal Studios ordered twelve Lykan HyperSport stunt cars to appear in the film Furious 7, one of which is available for public viewing at Car Vault in Dubai. It is the most expensive car ever featured in the Fast and the Furious films, though the vehicles seen on screen do not have the carbon fiber chassis, diamond accents or other super-luxury touches that production models of the Lykan HyperSport do. The Lykan HyperSport's first pre-production model debuted at the Dubai International Motor Show on 5 October 2013. Other venues where the Lykan HyperSport was displayed include the Dubai International Boat Show in the United Arab Emirates. The road-ready model of Lykan HyperSport premiered at Top Marques Monaco in April 2014. The Lykan HyperSport officially went on sale in December 2014. Officially limited to 7 units, the HyperSport is priced at $3.4 million and is manufactured in Torino, Italy. Founder Debbas announced in April 2015 that W Motors would be opening an automotive design academy, W Design School, in 2017. Also in April 2015, Furious 7 debuted, featuring the Lykan HyperSport. Project CARS, a motorsport racing simulator video game developed by Slightly Mad Studios and distributed by Bandai Namco Games, released the Lykan HyperSport as its first downloadable content (DLC) vehicle in May 2015. As of 2016, the Lykan HyperSport has also been included in eleven other video games, including Driveclub and Forza Motorsport 6 in January 2016 as DLC. In June 2015, the Abu Dhabi police force purchased a Lykan HyperSport.

  • Founded 2012
  • Founder Ralph R. Debbas
  • Region Lebanese
  • Global Rank N/A

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