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W Motors teams up with Supercar Owners Circle for SOC Weekend Dubai & Abu Dhabi 2019


W Motors, the Middle East’s only developer of hypercars, is proud to have partnered with the Supercar Owners Circle for the SOC Weekend on 11th-12th January 2019.

The two-day event was based out of the Bvlgari Resort Dubai and combined some of the rarest supercars in the world with exclusive presentations, a visit to the SBH Royal Auto Gallery, several convoy drives and a Yas Marina Circuit track experience amongst other one-off automotive centric experiences.

As part of the exhilarating programme offered to Supercar Owners Circle members and several private W Motors guests, W Motors Founder & CEO Ralph R. Debbas took to the floor to present his vision, discussing past, present and future, whilst giving special insights into the industry and upcoming pioneering innovations from the company.


The Fenyr SuperSport and Lykan HyperSport were present over the course of the weekend, taking part in all drives and leaving event participants captivated.



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McLaren 720S GT3 stuns on global race debut in Abu Dhabi

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The brand new McLaren 720S GT3 came tantalisingly close to a stunning win on its global competitive debut at the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi.

The first GT racer designed and built in-house by McLaren Customer Racing dominated much of the second half of the race at the Yas Marina Circuit before suspension trouble dropped the car to a nevertheless impressive fifth place.


The #5 car’s pace – and a totally trouble-free run for 10 hours in the hands of McLaren Automotive Factory Driver Ben Barnicoat (GB) and his teammates Álvaro Parente (PT) and Shane van Gisbergen (NZ) – turned heads in a paddock that included top GT racing cars, teams and drivers from around the world.

The McLaren 720S GT3 run by McLaren Customer Racing was quick out-of-the-box, setting encouraging times during the three practice sessions on the Yas Marina circuit – home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It was in the hunt for pole position in its first ever qualifying session, with Barnicoat immediately topping the times. Co-drivers Parente and van Gisbergen continued to show impressive pace, however the car was pipped at the post by just half a tenth on aggregate times to take second in the GT3 class ahead of 16 competitors and third overall on the 33-car grid.

The race itself was split into two six-hour events and in the first of these, Barnicoat took the 720S GT3 into the lead after just an hour of its racing career. The combined efforts of all three drivers and the McLaren Customer Racing team would keep the Papaya Spark-coloured car in the hunt for the whole six hours, despite several incidents and two safety car interventions. The team reached the mid-point of the race in second overall, and ready to attack from the start of the second race.

The second part of the race showed the potential of the new McLaren 720S GT3, as the #5 car headed the charge to the flag. Within two laps van Gisbergen had taken the lead on the back straight, and by the end of Hour 10 the car had lapped the entire field.

Unfortunately, the dream of a win on the car’s global race debut was over moments later when an issue with the right front suspension forced van Gisbergen into the pits for repairs. Rapid work from the team saw the car return to action after just 13 minutes and with Ben Barnicoat back behind the wheel, set about chasing down the leaders. In the closing 90 minutes, the gap was reduced and the #5 720S GT3 crossed the line an impressive fifth in the GT3 Pro class and eighth overall, completing 309 laps of the Yas Marina circuit.

“It’s been a great start to the competitive life of the 720S GT3, which has proven itself against a world-class field and just as importantly, successfully progressed the development programme. I am incredibly proud of the efforts of the team at the circuit and back in Woking, who have achieved this result against world-class opposition.

“The experience of going wheel-to-wheel with the teams and cars that our customers will be aiming to beat with the 720S GT3 in the future has proved invaluable as we continue to learn lessons about how to get the very best from the car. Add that experience to the vast amount that we have learned during the design, build, testing and development with the McLaren 720S GT3 so far and we are growing in confidence about the prospects for the newest racing member of the McLaren family.”

Dan Walmsley, Motorsport Director, McLaren Automotive

The McLaren Customer Racing team will continue the 720 GT3 test and development programme, ahead of homologation early in 2019 which will enable the car to compete in a variety of GT3 racing championships around the world.


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The BMW Drag Race Event with Abu Dhabi Motors

On Thursday 5th of April 2018, the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi was not your usual Drag Night. Abu Dhabi Motors, dealer of BMW in Abu Dhabi, transformed the drag strip of Yas into a roaring, adrenaline rushing, and exciting motor-head arena.

As soon as you enter the arena, you start to smell, feel and see the BMW lifestyle and what does it stand for. BMW accessories, clothing, and a luxury display is all over the place. And what is the BMW Lifestyle without speed and adrenaline, everywhere you turn your head there’s a BMW vehicle waiting for you to admire.

Skipping forward, I got my bracelet, signed my release form, got my helmet and it was race time. We headed towards the drag strip and there was the gorgeous line up of BMW forming a rainbow of colors just waiting to be driven. Few moments before the drag race begins, the instructors were giving us last minute tips and tricks and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the steering wheel to drive those magnificent machines.


Race time is here, and I wanted to drive them all. Abu Dhabi Motors was selected the best of the best from all categories: ALPINA B4, ALPINA B5, BMW M2, BMW M3, BMW M4, BMW X3 M 40i, BMW X4 M 40i, BMW X5M, BMW X6M and BMW M5 50i.

I hopped into the first car and adrenaline was rushing through my veins as I head towards the starting line, Sport mode on and the rest is pure action. Drag racing one BMW after another, I couldn’t believe the acceleration and top speed we were reaching on the asphalt of the Drag race arena in Yas Marina Circuit.

The event was not about the competition rather than about having fun and feeling the power of these wild German machines. Despite that fact, I was one of the fastest on the track and was able to score the fastest time on the track of 12.01 seconds on a 400m strip.

Being able to test drive a BMW on a drag strip was a dream come true yet how about being able to run the drag strip on more than 10 BMWs each had its own character and its own sensation. The event ended as the night shed its wing however the feelings we had all of us will last a lifetime.



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GMC sets a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title in partnership with Abu Dhabi Police

As part of the GCC Traffic Week (11-15 March), GMC Middle East set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title, for the ‘largest parade of GMC cars’, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Police. Held at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, 191 GMC vehicles gathered to form over a four-kilometer long parade on the famous Formula One race track. The parade was led by a 2018 6.0L V8 GMC Sierra Denali which valiantly pulled a 30-meter flag displaying a photo of the late Sheikh Zayed, to commemorate the UAE’s Year of Zayed.

The world record title was officiated by representatives from Guinness World Records and successfully accomplished by GMC customers and members of the GMC UAE Club who proudly showcased their own models on the track. Representatives from Abu Dhabi Police, GMC Middle East and Bin Hamoodah Auto – GMC dealer in Abu Dhabi – were on the ground to support the record-breaking event. In line with the continual efforts by the UAE authorities to improve traffic and reduce accident rates, the event aimed to shed light on traffic risks while raising awareness of road safety among motorists in the UAE.

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi Police hosted a youth circle titled ‘Your Life is Precious’ about over speed and traffic accidents, in participation with the Emirates Youth Council. Captain Abdulla Saleh AlJneibi, member of Abu Dhabi Police Youth Council, said, “We welcome the participation of the Emirates Motor Sports Federation (EMSF) in the youth circle that aims at consolidating the relationship between the police and sports cars owners as they represent the youth community in the country.”

AlJneibi added, “We are present here as a testament to our cooperation with the UAE private sector, as well as Yas Marina Circuit, through focused events such as this one which observes an official attempt to break a world record for the largest GMC convoy ever – organized in the UAE. While one of our key roles at Abu Dhabi Police is to raise awareness about road safety, we are taking part to also commemorate the UAE’s Year of Zayed as the convoy carries around the race track of a giant flag displaying the logo of this year’s initiative.”


Sajed Sbeih, Head of Brand, GMC, at General Motors Middle East, said, “It is such a great honor for the people of the UAE to celebrate the Year of Zayed and show this pride to a global audience. The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title would not have been achieved without the significant contribution from Abu Dhabi Police and GMC owners and fans who came together at Yas Marina to create the world’s largest parade of GMC vehicles.”


“On behalf of GMC – globally, regionally and locally – I would like to thank Abu Dhabi Police and our local partner in Abu Dhabi Bin Hamoodah Auto for making this outstanding achievement possible. GMC is all about professional grade and we always strive to make extraordinary achievements to further enrich the brand’s heritage”, Sbeih added.

GMC Middle East, broke its own GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest GMC parade which was previously set by Mohammad Saleh and Reza Yousuf Behbehani Co. – GMC dealers in Kuwait. Held on 3 November 2012, GMC Kuwait gathered 181 GMC vehicles at the 7th Ring Road, in Kuwait, setting a record of the largest parade of GMC cars.

GCC Traffic Week is a unified campaign by GCC countries which aims to improve driver safety. Taking place from 11th – 15th March 2018, the week features multiple programs and communications raising awareness and providing guidance on safe driving.


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EMC celebrates 50 years of Mercedes-AMG with thrilling track day at Yas Marina Circuit

This year marks the 50th anniversary of AMG, the high-performance division of luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz.

To celebrate this landmark occasion Emirates Motor Company, authorized distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the flagship company of ALFAHIM, hosted the AMG Performance Tour at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The tour visited the home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 22ndwith a host of high-performance cars such as the C43 AMG Coupe, the E43 Sport AMG 4M and the G63 Manufaktur available for test drives around the track.


This annual event, which is now in its sixth year, will be testing a series of exciting vehicles, such as the recently launched, high end AMGs, the E63 and the S63, and will also encompass the sport range which includes the GLC43, the GLE43, and SLC43, and finally, the signature vehicles of C63 and CLA45.

As well as testing their skills on the twists and turns of the Yas Marina Circuit, AMG customers also put the cars through their paces on the Drag Race track and Auto X.

AMG Driving Academy instructors were also on hand to offer expert tips and advice on how to handle the track and the cars safely, with participants also able to make a video of their driving experience during a ‘lead and follow’ session with professional drivers.

Chris Edwards, General Manager of EMC Passenger Cars, said:

“The AMG Performance Tour is a great way to discover the joy of driving.

“For half a century, AMG has produced some of the most exciting luxurious vehicles ever driven and that tradition of excellence continues today.

“The event was a great opportunity for racing enthusiasts and EMC customers to experience what it is like to drive some of AMG’s most advanced, and thrilling, vehicles on a world-class race track.

“The Yas Marina Circuit has witnessed some incredible motorsports action, so it was only fitting that the track hosts the AMG Performance Tour. Everyone at EMC is looking forward to welcoming all of the drivers and celebrating 50 fantastic years of AMG.”

For half a century, AMG has constantly strived to push the limits of engineering and performance by modifying some of the world’s most prestigious vehicles.

Founded in 1967 by engineers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, the letters AMG stand for Aufrecht, Melcher and Großaspach, the town where Aufrecht was born. Over the last five decades the company’s high-performance modifications of Mercedes-Benz vehicles have become motorsports legends winning countless races and awards.


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Land Rover will make Abu Dhabi the code-cracking capital of the world for a battle between 150 talented future software engineers.

Bright young engineers from 16 countries will compete at the Yas Marina Circuit in the Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge world final – the first time the annual event has been held outside the UK.

The two-day competition sees teams of 13-19-year olds from 16 countries take on a series of driving challenges using miniature remote-controlled four-wheel drive vehicles they have designed, built and tested for the competition. In addition, the finalists will face a surprise challenge, which will test their teamwork and how they work under pressure.


The global competition, now in its third year, sees the brightest young engineering minds compete in regional and national rounds of competition to reach the world finals. The contest supports classroom education, reflecting Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and its desire to recruit the next generation of engineers, who will design and develop future electric, connected and autonomous vehicles.


Having just played host to the finale of the Formula 1 season, the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit is a fitting venue for such an innovative and demanding event.

A team of talented students from Repton School in Dubai will represent the United Arab Emirates in the competition. The five-strong ‘Project Ram’ team, led by team captain Paula Hautvast, 17, have worked on the project for seven months. Paula said: “We’ve all enjoyed strengthening our employability skills and engineering knowledge. We are proud to represent the United Arab Emirates and are confident our Range Rover practice track at school and our 4×4 vehicle’s coding will help us perform well on the track.”

Chris Thorp, Director of Responsible Business at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Jaguar Land Rover needs more talented young people to join our growing business. We are a global business with an expanding manufacturing base and sell vehicles in 130 countries. Through education projects such as Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Challenge, we aim to enthuse and inspire more young people around the world to pursue engineering careers and make them aware of the diverse and exciting opportunities available to them, including coding and app development.”

The UK’s leading investor in research and development, Jaguar Land Rover has launched a global initiative which aims to recruit more than 1,000 electronic and software engineers to its expanding business. In June this year, the company launched an innovative, mixed reality recruitment app – in collaborati