In 2013, and during the Dubai International Motor show, we met the man with the hyper dream, the CEO of W Motors, Mr. Ralph Debbas. It was then that W Motors launched the first ever 3.8 million dollar Arabian hypercar, the Lykan, which stunned all auto fanatics and remained the talk of car lovers long after its release.
The HyperSport is the third most expensive car ever made, just behind the Lamborghini Veneno ($4.5 million) and the rare (just one was made) Maybach Exelero ($8 million). It has Digital Automotive Technology and it comes with diamond incrusted LED lights. The car also comes with a 24/7 concierge service and a team of qualified W engineers ready to fly anywhere in the world to service your Hypercar at any given time.
The car produces 770hp at 7100 rpm with a maximum Torque of 960Nm at 4000 rpm and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and from 0-200 km/h in 9.4 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 385 Km/h.
The car was built with only 7 units and appeared in so many motor shows and luxurious shows around the world. It was easily able to captivate the hearts of luxury car collectors everywhere.
In 2015, W motors had two surprises waiting to strike the world; the first was with the release of the Furious 7 movie part of the Fast and Furious saga – the movie that sets the rules for the next auto trends in the world – with the Lykan jumping from one Etihad Tower to another at the skyscraper complex in Abu Dhabi.
The hypercar was the highlight of the movie as Dom, played by Vin Diesel, accompanied by Brian, played by the late Paul Walker, makes a getaway from the grenade launcher of Jason Statham after crashing a rich man’s fancy party, and the rest is a breath taking 3.8 million dollar action sequence.
If you thought that was exciting, wait until you hear the second surprise by W Motors. Later on, and during the Dubai International Motor show 2015, W Motors once again swept away all hearts with the launch of the Fenyr, a 1.8 million dollar super car with a look to die for.
This time, we decided to go behind the scenes and inside W Motors to understand the concept of how W Motors works, the story behind the Fenyr, the future, and much more.
We sat down with the CEO of W Motors, Ralph Debbas, for an interesting chat and got to know more about the man, the legend, and the car.
Let’s start with the names: W Motors, Lykan, and Fenyr. According to Ralph, he has had a fascination with wolves since the early days; people used to see him as a wolf because of his hair, Ralph told us with a smile. From this, it was clear to us what the “W” in W Motors stands for and why the hypercar is called Lykan, a word that became known to men since the ancient Greek days and means the powerful man when transformed into a wolf, or what we call nowadays werewolf.
As for the Fenyr terminology, which even has a more interesting story, Ralph explained that the Fenyr comes from old legends and is considered to be the father of wolves Sköll and Hati Hróðvitnisson, and the son of Loki, a shapeshifter god.
Due to the gods’ knowledge of prophecies foretelling great trouble for Fenyr and his rapid growth, the gods bound him, and as a result, Fenyr bit off the right hand of the god Týr, and the legend continues stating that when the Fenyr rises again, the earth will shake violently, trees will be uprooted, mountains will fall, and all binds will snap. Ralph, with this vison in mind, created a 900 horsepower supercar with lightweight tubular aluminum chassis and carbon fiber bodywork that will make the earth shake and trees uproot. He called it Fenyr. The Fenyr will be produced in 25 units only and priced in the range of 1,800,000 USD.
The Fenyr is W Motors latest addition to the wolves family with a full carbon-fiber body and a light-weight aluminum chassis that contribute to the mere 1,200kg of it. The heart of this machine is a one-of-a-kind flat 6 cylinder 4.0L twin turbo, mid-rear engine engineered in Germany by the renowned RUF Automobile company. To contribute to its performance, a 7-speed double clutch gearbox is in place aiming to take advantage of the 900 horsepower and 1,200 Newton-Metre torque. This results in less than 2.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) and a top speed exceeding 400 km/h (249 mph).
The Fenyr SuperSport is once again the combination of skills from hundreds of professionals from leading companies in the automotive world. More particularly, the Fenyr was brought to life in collaboration with a plethora of renowned international technical partners including notorious engineering firms Magna Steyr Italy and RUF Automobile Germany.
We told Ralph that this is great news however we need scoops, inside information about W motors, “So, what’s next?” and with a smile he replied, “Wait and see.”
Here are some secrets we got from Ralph during out chat; W motors is an unstoppable dream machine, thus it has set the plan to create not only the most aggressive and most capable Super SUV, but also the fastest, and we are keen that with a mind like Ralph’s, this SUV will be the highlight of the auto news around the world. The W Motors, or as I like to call it, Wolf Motors, will continue with creating legends named after their moto such as Lykan and Fenyr, and as a scoop, the new, soon to be announced SUV will also be called after a wolf legend. The wolf SUV will be produced in 100 units planned for next year, with more than 800hp under the bonnet, and will be priced at 250,000 – 300,000 USD.
On top of that, here are some W Motors whispers for our fans to fantasize about:
- W Motors Racing Program
- First and unique hypercar production facility in UAE over 1.5 million square feet of space
- Green facility for car production
- W Motors School of Art
So, stay tuned to bring you the latest from the wolves’ family.