Middle Eastern super-maker W Motors may have just launched its first model – the $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport – but it’s already working on something more extreme.
The new company plans to build an even more powerful Supersport version, and take it racing. It will even be able to run on alternative fuel, the company says.
Talk about ambitious. The Lykan Supersport HSF (Hybrid Synthetic Fuel) will apparently use a synthetic fuel similar to the “e-gas” natural gas used by the Audi A3 g-tron.
One of the partners in the HSF project is Air Fuel Synthesis, which uses renewable energy sources like wind and solar power to create a synthetic, methanol-like fuel.
The fuels produced appear to be different, but the processes are the same. The “hybrid” designation also implies that, like the A3 g-tron, the Lykan Supersport HSF will be able to switch between synthetic and conventional fuels.
This will make HSF the first carbon-neutral car with more than 1,000 horsepower, W Motors says.
Building the alternative-fuel technology into a racecar will allow W Motors and its partnerships to demonstrate it in the high-profile environment of motorsport, although it’s unclear exactly where the Lykan Supersport HSF will race.
There almost certainly won’t be anything like it in any given paddock, but that’s a problem when it comes to getting the car approved for different racing series, which tend to have very specific rules.
W Motors didn’t say exactly when the Lykan Supersport HSF will hit the track, but the street-going version is expected to arrive either later this year or in early 2016.