Laraki

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Laraki Automobiles SA
Industry
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
Founded 1999
Founder Mohamed Laraki
Headquarters Casablanca, Morocco
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Abdeslam Laraki, owner
Products Fulgura, Borac, Epitome
Services Luxury sports cars development
Website larakiyachtdesign.com

Laraki (Laraki Automobiles s.a.), a company based in Casablanca (Morocco), imports cars from Europe and Asia to Morocco, and develops luxurious high-performance sports cars.[1]

History[edit]

Laraki was established in 1999 by Abdesslam Laraki, a Moroccan designer and entrepreneur[2] who first became wealthy by importing cars in Morocco since 1973. His son and actual owner is Abdeslam Laraki, a Moroccan designer who started out creating luxurious yachts and created the eponym company Laraki. Then following the steps of his father, he studied automobile design in Switzerland and soon after launched his first model, the Laraki Fulgura, in 2002.[3][4]

Eric Van Hove's V12 Laraki

In 2012, the conceptual artiste Eric Van Hove arrived in Marrakech to resume work on an ambitious sculptural endeavor he had prepared for years: V12 Laraki. In the space of nine months, he gathered around him 42 master craftsmen from the region and began rebuilding a Mercedes 6.2L V12 engine using rural materials and centuries old craft techniques from the North African country. Conceptually this sculpture is based on the story of the Laraki Fulgura, which was entirely manufactured in Morocco to the exception of its engine. The artist decided to try and reproduce that cutting-edge component locally using craft[5] That sculpture was displayed at the 5th Marrakech Biennale and soon acquired by the Hood Museum of Art.[6]

The technical director is Peter Tutzer, previously from Bugatti.

Models[edit]

Fulgura[edit]

The Laraki Fulgura is the company's first attempt at a sportscar. Originally unveiled as a concept at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show[7], a proposed production version debuted a year later at the same show. A slightly redesigned version of the bodywork was unveiled in 2005.

Based on the frame and mechanicals of a Lamborghini Diablo[7], the Fulgura is equipped with a quad-turbo Mercedes-Benz 6.0L V12, initially proposed to produce 920 hp (686 kW), attached to a 6-speed manual transmission. A new aerodynamic carbon fibre body is also added. This brings the Fulgura to an estimated price of $555,750. Performance for the Fulgura is an estimated top speed of 398 km/h (247 mph) and acceleration of 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.3 seconds. By 2006, these figures were amended and the 6.0L V12 was proposed to produce 730 hp (544 kW), and mated to a 7-speed gearbox and a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph) and 0–100 km/h in 3.4 seconds.

Borac[edit]

Laraki Borac

The Laraki Borac is the company's second model, and debuted as a concept at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show[7]. The car was originally planned for production by 2011, but a final design was never unveiled.

The design of the Borac is that of a grand tourer, with a front engine layout and even the possibility of two small rear seats. The Borac is not based on an existing design, unlike the Fulgura. A Mercedes-Benz 6.0L V12 powers the Borac, although it lacks the turbocharging of the Fulgura. This results in a proposed output of 540 hp (400 kW), producing a top speed of 310 km/h (193 mph) and acceleration from 0 - 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Epitome[edit]

The Laraki Epitome was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2013.[8] Nine cars of this model are planned to be built.[9]

Fitted with the engine of a C6 Corvette V8, Laraki added twin turbochargers to the already powerful engine. Fueled by 91-octane gasoline fuel, the Epitome can produce 1,200 Horsepower. Additionally it has a second fuel tank that can be filled with 110-octane gasoline fuel, which can up it to 1,750 Horsepower. The body is made of carbon fiber.[10] The car weighs 2,800 pounds[8].

The Epitome made the headlines: With a $2 million price tag, it was dubbed the most expensive car on the market.[11] Hip-hop artist French Montana bought one of the 9 models planned for production.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Made In Africa: 8 African Car Manufacturers". Afkinsider.com. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Laraki Returns With New Epitome Supercar". Motor Authority. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 
  3. ^ Asmae Azouagh (19 March 2016). "LARAKI: a 'Made in Morocco' supercar that fails to thrust its way into the market". Moroccansoftheworld.com. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Viknesh Vijayenthiran (19 August 2013). "Laraki Returns With New Epitome Supercar". Motor Authority. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
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  7. ^ a b c "LARAKI: a 'Made in Morocco' supercar that fails to thrust its way into the market". Moroccans of the World. 2016-03-19. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 
  8. ^ a b Anthony, Robert. "Meet The Laraki Epitome Super Car With A $2 Million Price Tag". Elite Daily. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 
  9. ^ "Laraki Epitome, a Moroccan engineering masterpiece worth $2 million". Morocco World News. 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 
  10. ^ The Laraki Epitome Engineering. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  11. ^ Seyth Miersma (18 August 2013). "Laraki Motors Epitome Concept is $2M and 1,750 hp that we didn't see coming". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  12. ^ Caitlin Duffy (27 April 2015). "French Montana Buys Laraki Epitome". Dupontregistry.com. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 

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