Supercars in detail: Laraki, African Ferrari

2001 – Foundation of the brand Laraki

Laraki company appeared on the market of high-speed boats and yachts in 1997. Just over five years, the brand has appeared and became known in demand among wealthy clients from around the world. However, the yacht – not the core business Laraki (by the way, a graduate engineer): the main income it brings for sale in Morocco Japanese and German cars. Creating your own brand for the production of African supercars for him, too, was not primarily a way to make money, and the desire to prove that Africa can produce high-tech and sophisticated machines. Abdessalam himself when creating a brand is quite understood that with the release of the supercar with an unknown name is difficult not to become bankrupt in the first two years.

2002 – Laraki Fulgura

Development of the first African supercar Abdessalam Laraki completed in just 15 months, and all the works were carried out by a small team. The design of the machine, called Fulgura (translated from the Latin – "lightning") was painted by Laraki, with a clear eye to the Italian Ferrari 360 Modena. At the heart of mid-engine supercar design – aluminum monocoque, which are fixed carbon fiber body panels. The first prototype was built in 2002, used a V12 engine with six-speed manual gearbox and levers front and rear independent suspension on Lamborghini Diablo.

Laraki Fulgura Prototype 'in 2002

The car was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. 5.7-liter engine with 510 hp. sec., according to the most Laraki, clocked an experienced car from zero to 100 km / h in less than four seconds, while top speed exceeds 320 km / h. However, customers do not like the design of machines, besides the bosses Lamborghini decided to deny Abdessalam commercially Party powertrains for Laraki.

Laraki Fulgura '2003

Finalization of the vehicle continued a long three years, the production car with a modified design was completed engines from Mercedes-Benz "court" the AMG tuning shop, and customers were offered a choice of two options at once. The first – a 5.5-liter "eight» Mercedes M113 AMG, fitted with a mechanical supercharger and developing capacity of 570 liters. from. and 790 Nm of torque. But for customers, which was not enough, I was offered a V-shaped 12-cylinder Mercedes M137 AMG volume of 6.2 liters with two turbochargers which develops 660 liters. from. and 1300 Nm of torque. Together with the motors worked six-speed manual gearbox, which transmits torque to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential increased friction.

Laraki Fulgura Prototype 'in 2004

Fulgura, equipped with the V8 compressor, from zero to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 330 km / h, while the version with a V12 was just a bit faster: 0-100 km / h in 3.4 seconds, top speed – 350 km / h. Standard equipment included Fulgura air conditioning, electric seats and windows, and interior trimmed in leather and polished aluminum. The base car with a supercharged V8 was estimated at 555 thousand dollars, and for the version with a V12 had to pay another 50 thousand. Unknown brand and a high price tag scared away customers for products and Laraki, according to some sources, sold no more than 20 Fulgura different modifications of vehicles.

Laraki Fulgura '2005

2005 – Laraki Borac

With serial Fulgura version at the Geneva Motor Show 2005 second car brand Laraki was introduced, named Borac (in French – flounder). Unlike monocoque Fulgura, Borac is a completely new tubular aluminum frame, which is attached to the carbon fiber body panels, and the "plaice" engine is placed in front of the passenger compartment, but within the framework. As before, the design of the car drew himself Abdessalam Laraki, but despite the discreet design, it looks like the car was once again one of the Ferrari models – 456.

Laraki Borac '2005

Technically the car as much as possible unified with a mid "Lightning" and is equipped with a naturally aspirated engine V12 Mercedes volume of 6.0 liters. For Borac, positioned as a comfortable car-class Gran Turismo, the engine power is limited at around 540 liters. s., and paired with the motor operated six-speed sequential gearbox, although the order could set and five-step "automatic» Daimler-Benz 5G-Tronic. As a result, the car accelerates to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds, while top speed exceeds 310 km / h.

Laraki Borac '2005

The basic equipment of cars entered trim handmade leather, polished aluminum and fine woods, electric mirrors and windows, dual-zone climate control and audio class Hi-Fi. The starting price for Borac started with a mark of 580 000 dollars, and the total circulation of supercars for some experts, did not exceed a dozen copies.

Laraki Borac '2005

2008 – Bankruptcy

The company did not build a serious plan, but expected to expand production and start producing open versions of their supercars. However, the majority of potential customers was not ready to pay huge money for an undisclosed exoticism of Africa, and in 2008 Abdessalam Laraki announced the closing of automotive manufacturing. However, this was not the end for the brand – in 2012 it was renamed the Laraki Motors, and a year has already prepared a new production supercar.

2013 – Laraki Epitome

The premiere of the machine, which received the name of saying Epitome (translated to English it means "embodiment"), took place at the annual competition of elegance of Pebble Beach. Novelty is based on the sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette, but unlike the original has the usual two-lever spring suspension front and rear wheels (remember, independent suspension "Corvette" is used as elastic elements transverse composite leaf springs).

An aluminum space frame "stretched" a new body of carbon fiber, fully painted by Laraki and looking very peculiar. The front end has a large number of air ducts, designed to cool the engine and brakes, and the edges on the sides reminiscent Ferrari 512 Testarossa. The rear bumper has a diffuser developed for optimal distribution of the air flow out of the bottom of the machine.

Laraki Epitome '2013

Under the hood is located korvetovsky seven-liter engine V8, which supplied two turbochargers and intercoolers liquid and lubrication system with a "dry" sump. The machine has just two gas tank – one of them is filled with 98-m gasoline, and the second – the 110th race. In the 98th power the engine produces 1200 liters. a., but if the driver needs more power, simply by pressing a lever in the cabin can be made to the engine powered racing fuel and thus increase the engine power up to 1750 liters of crazy. from.!

Paired with the engine running a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, which transmits torque from the engine to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential. Acceleration to "hundreds" of less than three seconds, but the maximum speed – more than 360 km / h – more accurate data Laraki not advertise.

Laraki Epitome '2013

In the cabin, trimmed in leather, suede, carbon fiber and titanium – the electronic instrument panel, an organic light-emitting diodes, a navigation system with GPS-module, dual-zone climate control and audio system and Hi-Fi with 10 speakers. Total scheduled to release nine cars, for each of which potential customers will have to pay $ 2 million.

Car production Laraki

The company's headquarters is located in Casablanca, Morocco. The company employs 25 skilled workers and was issued no more than 10 cars a year by them. the company does not, therefore, have to cooperate with major automotive companies own production of power units. Also in Morocco supplied the brake system of the Italian company Brembo.

Comparative characteristics of the car Laraki Borac and nearby classmates

Interesting Facts

  • The emblem of the brand is a round medallion on it wing swallow.
  • One of the company's customers is the king of Bahrain – a passionate car collector and lover of exotic supercars.
  • Laraki Automobiles officially sold only in the United Arab Emirates, and any owner can come to the Mercedes-Benz service for repair and diagnostics of your machines.

What's the trick?

  1. The first supercar in the world, completely designed and built in Africa.
  2. The use of high-performance engines Mercedes-AMG and Chevrolet cars in the design.

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