Supercars are shamelessly indulgent, embarrassingly extravagant, and ridiculously expensive… and we wouldn’t have them any other way. Apparently, though, yacht magnate Abdesslam Laraki felt that current supercars didn’t quite go over-the-top enough… so he fixed that problem with the Laraki Epitome.
If the name sounds familiar, Laraki operated as a supercar company from 1999 to 2008, and now it’s a start-up company looking to, well, make supercars. Pebble Beach is where they’re apparently starting, and there’s a lot to love here.
First of all, this car is absurdly light, being made out of, what else, carbon fiber, built off of a C6 Corvette chassis. It’s only about 2800 pounds, making it an extremely light car even by supercar standards. As a result the engine is somewhat restrained: It’s a 7-liter V8 with twin turbochargers, that, if you just fill one of the tanks, will get you 1,200 horsepower.
Yes, we said “one of the tanks”. The Epitome actually has two tanks, one for normal gasoline, the other for 110 octane. Hit a button and you’ll go from the already absurd horsepower to a ridiculous 1,750 hp. Of course, this requires you to find 110 octane, which isn’t exactly for sale on every street corner.
Then again, to put an Epitome in your garage, it’ll run you $2 million, so we’re assuming finding extremely high octane gasoline is less than a major concern. Similarly, you’ll probably only ever be able to use this on a track without limiters; you can get up to 200 mph with just 344 horses under the hood. Although that isn’t a linear progression, what with air resistance and all, it’s fairly likely that with the low weight and high horsepower this can hit some truly absurd speeds.
In short, if you’re a rich speed freak with your own private track and access to 110 octane, there is finally a car made just for you. The rest of us will just drool over it, thanks.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.