Italian startup Lafitte Automobili unveiled its first electrical hypercars Wednesday on the 2023 System 1 Miami Grand Prix.
The Italian startup was co-founded by Bruno Laffite, the nephew of French F1 driver Jaqcues Laffite, who managed six wins throughout a profession that ran from 1974 to 1986. Bruno Laffite additionally raced professionally from 1990 to 2000, in keeping with his firm bio, however solely examined in F1. His earlier enterprise, Laffite Supercars, in 2020 introduced the X-24 supercar and G-Tec X-Street off-roader, however nothing got here of these initiatives.
Laffite and co-founder Pascal Cohen retained GFG Model, the Italian design agency began by Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio, to design and construct 5 electrical hypercars. The businesses declare the design course of was accomplished in six months.
GFG Model produced three primary designs—the track-focused LM1, the off-road Atrax, and the open-top Barchetta—plus Atrax Stradale and Barchetta Coupe variants.
The Atrax is a mashup of hypercar and SUV styling parts. A pure off-road suspension is commonplace tools, whereas the Atrax Stradale is tuned extra for on-road use. Laffite quotes 1,151 hp and 1,844 lb-ft of torque, which the startup claims will get the 4,850-lb Atrax from 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds and on to a 149-mph high velocity.
In keeping with the Laffite, the Atrax may even have a “2+1” seating association, 273 miles of vary (seemingly as measured on the extra lenient European WLTP testing cycle), and 350-kw DC quick charging functionality that can allow a 10-80% cost in 22 minutes.
The LM1 has the identical 1,151 hp because the Atrax, however 1,180 lb-ft of torque and a relatively mild 3,638-lb curb weight. With fewer kilos to lug round, the 0-62 mph time falls to a claimed 1.9 seconds, whereas vary is estimated at 255 miles. Laffite additionally guarantees simulated paddle “shifting” and a sound system that replicates the exhaust word of a basic race automobile.
Lastly, the Barchetta is a roof-less design with “halo” bars working alongside the cockpit for rollover safety (as talked about above, a Coupe model may even be supplied). It should produce an estimated 578 hp and 730 lb-ft of torque, with a 0-62 mph time of three.5 seconds and 242 miles of vary.
Laffite plans to construct 24-26 examples of every mannequin, with the Atrax anticipated to begin at $1.6 million. LM Gianetti will deal with manufacturing, and Laffite hopes to ship the primary vehicles to clients in winter 2024.