Off-Road Supercars – A Cross-Over You Didn’t Know You Needed Until Now
Dirty is not a dirty word
Laffite’s latest design is one helluva automotive enigma. It’s as sleek and powerful as a supercar, but it begs for a roll in the mud—and it’ll start prowling the roads (paved or otherwise) at the end of 2020.
Billed as the first “all-terrain street-legal supercar,” (which points to the U.S market) the G-Tec X-Road is fitted with a 6.2-litre GM LS3 V8 capable of delivering 405 horsepower—or an insane 700 horses with the optional supercharger—all the while weighing just 1300kg. This means it has the power-to-weight ratio of a high-performance racer (1.85kg/hp) while boasting impressive off-road capability. Drivers can pick between a five-speed sequential transmission or a six-speeder with paddle shifters—both send power to the rear—and there’s even an all-electric version due to be released.
The 17-inch suspension coupled with the brute’s top speed of 230km/h will allow drivers to jump and fly like a Dakar Rally pro and make mincemeat of the toughest terrain. And the two-seat, rear-wheel-drive supercar promises to be as equally as impressive when simply traversing the local streets: Sporting chunky wheels and futuristic lines, the car’s aesthetic brings attitude in spades. Meanwhile, the interior is decidedly luxurious and features plush beige leather, plenty of carbon fibre and shiny metal switchgear.
The X-Road is actually a riff on Zarooq Motors’ old Sand Racer, which Laffite’s co-founder Bruno helped develop. With some assistance from G-TEC and renowned racing engineer Philippe Gautheron—who designed the rolling chassis—and some fine tuning by Team Virage Group, the next-gen model has finally come to fruition.
According to the marque, only 30 of the limited-edition racers are planned for production. This exclusivity is reflected in the price tag: The standard G-Tec X-Road will start at approx. $680,000, while the electric model will start at $797,000.
If you’re interested, orders for G-Tec X-Road are now being taken, but you’ll have to be patient. It’s an estimated 10 months from order to delivery, and we doubt you’ll get them road-worthy in Australia.
Check out more photos of the X-Road below: