“the supercar born in the desert: opportunity to acquire one of the first 35 limited-edition”
“All Supercars look fantastic, feature luxurious racing-inspired interiors and are exclusive high performance machines. Their common denominator is that they are suited to racetracks and certainly not designed for speed bumps.
Based in UAE and Monaco, Zarooq Motors makes supercars which will leave you breathless as you accelerate on a week-end track day and which you can also take for a luxurious commute in the city. What makes SandRacers unique is that they are capable of handling any off-road terrain, even the toughest dunes of the Arabian Desert where they were born.”
The SandRacer 500 GT is the first production model of Zarooq Motors: a 2-seater, rear-wheel drive, mid-engine supercar with a body penned by a hypercar designer, featuring a luxury hand-stitched leather interior made by Mansory in Germany while the body is made in Belgium, using only carbon fibre.
“We have applied our design and craftsmanship know-how as well as luxury materials which we usually use on vehicles like Rolls-Royce or Lamborghini to give the SandRacer’s interior and body a distinctively superior touch” – Christian Verstappen from Mansory Belgium.
The fittings are the ones of top range supercar: digital dashboard, climate control, CarPlay compatible infotainment, power windows, bespoke Mansory carbon fibre seats and steering wheel. The brutal performance (525hp, 660Nm from a tuned 6.2 litre V8 with only 1200 kg) is as potent on the asphalt as off-road with 2 suspension height settings (road and sand), a unique lightweight racing chassis with a built-in roll cage designed by Campos Racing Grand Prix engineers.
“Our added value in working with Zarooq Motors is that we combined what is usually impossible: the quality and performance of a racing car with the practicality and durability expected from a road-homologated supercar which can be used as a day-to-day vehicle” – Philippe Gautheron, Campos’ Chief Engineer.
The architecture of the car (space frame racing chassis) has been improved and tested (through a series of virtual crash testing and through significant testing on circuits and Off-Road by professional drivers). The drivetrain is now a longitudinal racing-grade 5-speed sequential gearbox from Weddle industries, to withstand the most demanding conditions. The maximum suspension travel has been extended to 45cm thanks to Dakar-grade Intrax dampers.
The initial design of the SandRacer was revealed by the new supercar manufacturer during the Abu Dhabi F1 GP in December 2015. Today, Zarooq Motors announces that after thorough testing and numerous mechanical and design improvements, the first batch of the luxury supercar car is ready for production. “We are very excited to see our supercar perform on roads as on sand, following our initial vision” – Bruno Laffite. The SandRacer 500 GT is also to be featured in the main car TV shows (Top Gear and The Grand Tour).
The Zarooq team is bound by both Motor Racing and premium markets: Mohammed Al Qadi, UAE National, ex-COO of Abu Dhabi Yas Marina F1 circuit is in charge of Motorsport and UAE Operations; Bruno Laffite, ex-professional racing driver based in Monaco is in charge of European Operations, Engineering and Design; Iannis Mardell, British-based in Dubai, ex-Strategy executive is in charge of Marketing and Finance; Laetitia Laffite, luxury expert based in Monaco is in charge of exclusive partnerships.
The company has set up capabilities to maintain the vehicles both in the GCC and Europe while Zarooq Motors manufacturing facilities are spread between Monaco and the UAE. “We want to be close to our roots in the desert but also close to our customers and our strategic partners in Europe, that is why we are spreading our capabilities over two geographies” – Mohammed Al Qadi.
Zarooq Motors has also spent the last 18 months fine -tuning every detail of the body of the SandRacer 500 GT to make it look even more aggressive, with a refined front and distinctive rear diffusers and striking exhausts (one can easily remove the diffusers if you go for heavy off-road by the way). Compared to the specifications initially announced, everything has been upgraded and improved from performance to engine, to style and equipment. “We listened to our clients who definitely wanted something more powerful, lighter, with an even more radical design and with a luxury interior” – Iannis Mardell
Launched in GCC and Europe in 2017, the other key geographies (US and Asia) will be served by 2018 onwards through dealerships, even though orders can be shipped to any geographies on a case by case basis. Sales have started off for the first limited-edition series of 35 supercars with high-end luxury trim while Zarooq Motors offers bespoke performance and luxury personalisation as well as concierge services options and a 2-year engine warranty with bespoke Maintenance program. “Supercar built by a Dubai startup that will disrupt the off-road car market” – Forbes
Price: $450.000 ex-works UAE “The Sandracer is an Off-Road Lamborghini of Arabia” – Art of Gears “At home at the desert and on Asphalt” – Ubergizmo “Cross between a BMW X6, Range Rover Evoque and a Dakar racer” – Top Gear Delivery time: 6 to 9 months, depending on bespoke finish – first deliveries in Q1 2018. Payment terms: 1/3rd upon order, 1/3rd upon chassis mechanical assembly, 1/3rd upon delivery
Chassis numbers: from 1 to 35 Please note that this is a limited time offer for selected clients; please note also some chassis numbers have already been sold and only a small number are available for sale.