August 7, 2020

W Motors is set to open the first hypercar factory in the Middle East

In 2015, W Motors achieved global prominence when cinema audiences watched Vin Diesel drive a cherry-red sports car through the windows of a skyscraper in the seventh installment of “The Fast Saga.”
The vehicle in question, a $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport with diamond-studded headlights, was billed as “the first Arabian hypercar” — although the Dubai-based company had it manufactured abroad.
For its latest trick, W Motors will attempt to launch an entire industry.
The first bricks of “W Motors Campus” were laid in January within the Dubai Silicon Oasis free trade zone on the outskirts of the city. The site will house the first hypercar (defined as a top-tier supercar) factory in the region, a research and development lab, and an academy for developing automotive talent.
The $100 million campus occupies 120,000 square feet — about the size of two football fields — and is set to begin operation in the final quarter of this year.
The hope is it can be a catalyst that sparks the car industry in the region, which has been underdeveloped.
“Somebody has to start,” says Ralph R. Debbas, the Lebanese-born CEO of W Motors. “Our goal is to lay the first stone to build the industry.”

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