Italian startup Laffite Automobili made a grand entrance into the electric hypercar scene by unveiling its inaugural models at the 2023 Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix. Co-founded by Bruno Laffite, the nephew of renowned French F1 driver Jacques Laffite, the company has ambitious plans to make its mark in the automotive world. Collaborating with design firm GFG Style, Laffite Automobili successfully completed the design process for five electric hypercars within an impressive six-month timeframe.
The lineup includes three primary designs: the track-focused LM1, the off-road Atrax, and the open-top Barchetta. Additionally, the Atrax Stradale and Barchetta Coupe variants provide variations on these core models. The Atrax, a striking fusion of hypercar and SUV aesthetics, boasts a powerful off-road suspension and is available in a more road-focused Stradale version. With a claimed 1,151 horsepower, 1,844 lb-ft of torque, and a weight of 4,850 pounds, the Atrax accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 149 mph.
The LM1, with its sleek design and lighter curb weight of 3,638 pounds, offers an exhilarating driving experience. Packing the same horsepower as the Atrax but producing 1,180 lb-ft of torque, the LM1 sprints from 0 to 62 mph in a blistering claimed time of 1.9 seconds. It boasts an estimated range of 255 miles and features simulated paddle shifting and an exhaust note that echoes the sound of a classic race car. Lastly, the Barchetta, available in both a roofless design and a Coupe version, delivers an estimated 578 horsepower, 730 lb-ft of torque, a 0-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds, and a range of 242 miles.
Laffite Automobili plans to produce a limited run of 24-26 units for each model, with the Atrax anticipated to start at $1.6 million. Production will be handled by LM Gianetti, and the company aims to deliver the first vehicles to customers in winter 2024. With their impressive performance and captivating designs, Laffite Automobili's electric hypercars are set to make a significant impact on the luxury automotive market.
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