There are dozens of really worthwhile supercar startup companies out there, and car guys generally root for all of them to succeed. After all, a world with more horsepower and exhaust rumble can only be a good thing, right?
The standard article caveat for even the most impressive new brands might as well be boilerplate stamp: most new supercars fail rapidly versus the rapidly evolving tech and style of giants, like Ferrari and Porsche .
This will make Laraki’s third concept launch since 2003, with none of the previous Borac or Fulgura models ever making production. A healthy bit of skepticism is only natural.
Laraki Automobiles folded in 2008 without making a single car for sale. Signs are not good for the Epitome’s success either.
Without a functioning Website, press releases, real specifications or any path to ordering one of these models (if you are not already a Laraki Yachts client like the King of Bahrain), the Epitome is not off to a good start.
Dozens of air slashes and pseudo-aerodynamic air foils line the rounded nose, which seems much higher than the similar Corvette bones underneath. A generic grille shape is trimmed in more aero ribs and gloss black for a part of a pinched nose image. Huge fender flares have their own swage line and corner character up front, which looks like a terrible copy of the Aston Martin One-77 or McLaren P1 .
Exposed projector beam lamps handle illumination, and there is also a strip of white LED dots in the front vent corner. These look extremely cheap, perhaps from a hot new automotive OEM supplier... known as eBay.
Huge side ribs make the profile seem like a backwards Ferrari 512TR, with the horizontal planes in front of the doors a pointless feature that even Batman would decline.
Unique shells for the side mirrors and rear fenders keep all the basic Corvette hard points and chassis design underneath - adding almost $2,000,000 to the $50,000 base price of a normal Corvette in the process.
In back, similar gloss black ridges and pseudo-venturi spoilers decorate the rear bumper, which looks very busy with an excessive amount of fake vents and chrome grilles. No front-engine car needs this much trunk venting.
if the car modifying mantra is ’Do No Harm,’ the Laraki Epitome’s cabin is a big fail. Racing seats are welcome in a nice tan leather that is far softer than any from Chevy, but the rest of the cabin is a total disaster.
A racing steering wheel is re-trimmed to match the rest of the leather-lined cabin, but the style is awful and packs cheap silver trims all around that would look out of place on a new Dodge Dart, let alone a Bugatti rival.
Poorly integrated HVAC controls and a virtually impossible-to-see screen appear on the redesigned dashboard - but there is no indication anything works in here besides the original GM wiper/blinker stalks. No pictures have been released of the car’s interior with working displays, which is a problem without any speedometer whatsoever.
Overall, the quality of the design and execution of this cabin makes it far worse than any Corvette.
in addition to the other qualms about this car’s big promises, the horsepower totals mentioned in Pebble Beach were outlandish. 1,750 horsepower was promised on racing gasoline with a 110 octane rating, or 1,100 horsepower on regular gas.
A claimed "quad-turbocharged 7.0-liter V-8 from the last Z06 provides power to the rear wheels via a paddle shift automatic.
No word on if this is a sequential manual or the base Corvette’s slushbox automatic, but our bet is on the latter.
An automatic gearbox will have dismal durability, as will the engine. Tuning and upping power is from the Corvette is big business for Lingenfelter, Hennessey and many more, so the amateurish claims from Laraki hold little to no credibility.
Additionally, the engine note from above does not sound turbocharged, and the black hood panel stayed shut.
price 2 000 000 $
top speed 330 km/h, 205 mph
power & torque 1200 hp, 882 kW
0-100 km/h, 0-62 mph. 3 seconds