• 2020 Laffite G-Tec X-Road

Forget about the Urus drifting on sand, this is a supercar designed to love mud

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Remember the Zarooq Sand Racer? You don’t? Well, that’s no biggie, because it died at some point a couple of years ago, but now it’s back under a different name, with a polished attitude.

The Zarooq Sand Racer was supposed to open a new niche, that of off-road supercars. It packed a V-6 good for 300 horsepower and looked like a hybrid between a Dakar rally car and an exotic, but was rather short-lived. This is where the Laffite G-Tec X-Road comes to pick up where the Sand Racer left off.

2020 Laffite G-Tec X-Road

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When Zarooq Motors dissolved, its operations director Bruno Laffite decided to give the Sand Racer another chance. And that he did, under the Laffite Supercars umbrella and with a little help from G-Tec’s Philippe Gautheron, who designed and built the X-Road’s rolling chassis. Oh yeah, it’s got a new name now: Laffite G-Tec X-Road.

It also got new performance credentials.

The Laffite X-Road is motivated by a GM-sourced LS3 6.2-liter V-8 tunable (through supercharging) to produce between 470 and 720 horsepower.

Sweet. The X-Road spins its rear wheels through a five-speed or six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters and can reach a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). All in all, the X-Road tips the scales at just 1,300 kilos (2,866 pounds) and while we’re not given any info on its 0-60 mph sprint time, it should be pretty quick off the line. It also has a suspension travel of 17 inches, so hooning it over rough terrain is likely to be as fun as it gets.

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Laffite G-Tec X-Road Specs
Curb weight 1,300 kilos (2,866 lb)
Top speed 230 km/h (143 mph)
Engine GM-sourced LS3 6.2-liter V-8
Power 470-720 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Gearbox 5-speed sequential or 6-speed with paddle shifters
Driver RWD
Length 4,290 mm
Width 2,140 mm
Height 1,520 mm

An All-Electric Laffite X-Road Is Also Offered

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That’s right. If you’re over and done with ICEs (Internal Combustion Engines), then Laffite will gladly sell you an electric X-Road. Mind you, you’ll have to wait about 11 months to get it from the moment you’ve placed the order. There’s no word on how many e-motors are tasked with motivating the X-Road EV, but overall power output rises to 460 horsepower (350 kilowatts). What’s more, a 60-kWh battery pack promises a max range of 200 miles (322 km).

Laffite G-Tec X-Road EV Specs
Power 350 kW (460 hp)
Top speed 220 km/h (136 mph)
Battery 60 kWh, Li-ion
Range 322 km (200 miles)
Weight 1,630 kg (3,590 lb)

You’ll also have to keep in mind that Laffite is limiting X-Road’s production to just 30 units. The V-8 version of the X-Road starts at $465,000, but if it’s the electric one you want, get ready to shell out at least $545,000.

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Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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