But who is Laffite Automobili? Unknown until yesterday, the Italian carmaker unveiled three electric cars at the same time. This is not going to go unnoticed.
As if that wasn’t enough, in addition to presenting three vehicles, they are each adapted to a different type of terrain: track, road and off-road. Bruno Laffite and Pascal Cohen, founders of the brand, made this surprising announcement at the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday.
The model is nicknamed LM1, referring to the cars of the 24 hours of Le Mans, extending over 5.20 m long and 1.06 m high. The small interior allows for two people to fit inside. As for him, the clutch is propulsion. The first Laffite model to be marketed in 2024, it will be the company’s flagship car. A total of 24 examples are planned at an individual cost of over $3.2 million. The 100 km/h can be crossed in 1.98 seconds and the maximum speed is 350 km/h. Other figures? 1650kg, 1167 horsepower, 1600 lb-ft of torque. Range? 410 km. Reasonable for a hypercar. This one, even though it is race oriented, is road legal.
The model is nicknamed Barchetta. The project is based on a concept from 2020, the Bandini Dora, which has the halo of the F1 cars. Once again in advance, two versions are envisaged for this car. One open and one covered. Also rear-wheel drive, it develops 585 horsepower and 990 pound-feet of torque. The 0 to 100 km/h can be done in 3.5 seconds, a maximum speed of 320 km/h, a weight of 1700 kg and a range a little less than the LM1, that is 390 km. Production will begin in 2024, with 26 examples at the equally high price of over 2.2 million dollars.
The model is nicknamed Atrax. First four-wheel drive vehicle of the brand, but still very practical for a car dedicated to off-road. 1167 horsepower, 2500 pound-feet of torque, a range of 440 km/h, a 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, a top speed of 240 km/h and a higher weight of 2200 kg. It still finds a way to display the characteristics of a sports car, with a carbon shell featuring fixed seats with adjustable steering wheel and pedals and active aerodynamics (spoiler and diffuser). However, with off-road tires, adjustable ground clearance and high air intakes, the off-road DNA is still there. In addition, another version is available for this vehicle, the Stradale, with more conventional tires and without the air intakes on the roof. At more than $2.2 million, it’s an expensive way to go off-road. It will also have 26 units and a production start date of 2024.
Let’s bet that Laffite Automobili has more surprises in store for us in the future.
With information from Automobile Propre.