First UAE supercar manufacturing plant to open in Dubai

16 Jan 2020

The only car manufacturing company that produces supercars in the Middle East is to open a new facility in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 2020.

W Motors, a car company that already has its headquarters in Dubai, is to shift production from its current facility in Italy to the emirate later this year.

The company was originally founded eight years ago back in 2012 but became famous all over the world three years later in 2015 when its Lykan HyperSport vehicle was featured in Furious 7, the seventh film in the Furious movie series.

This week saw W Motors breaking ground on a new manufacturing facility worth Dh370m that will also include a showroom and the group’s new HQ.

The facility, which is being constructed in Dubai Silicon Oasis, will employ up to as many as 500 people over the course of the next few years, the company claims.

The company has also produced a number of other supercar models, including the 800hp Fenyr SuperSport, a 3.8-litre, twin-turbo engine vehicle that can go from a standing start to 100 kilometres per hour in as little as 2.8 seconds.

This supercar, which was a limited edition that had a production run of just 110 vehicles, could reach 400kph as its top speed.

The manufacturing and assembly units will allow the assembling of the limited series Fenyr SuperSport by W Motors as well as upcoming new vehicles such as the all-electric autonomous car the Muse.

The new facility will also help assemble all vehicles in the Special Projects Division that rely on in-house materials and cutting-edge technology such as robotics and virtual reality, according to the founder and chief executive of W Motors, Ralph Debbas.

The facility will also come with a technology research and development laboratory to allow for the pursuing of partnerships with international technology firms.

The project’s second phase will see the launch of the Middle East’s first automotive academy to allow the company to create an automotive educational centre that covers topics such as design, engineering and modelling, Debbas says.

The automotive facility will put the UAE on the map in terms of the international automotive industry, contributing to the nation’s development and economy while attracting world-class talent and offering research and development facilities to students.

The first phase, which covers as much as 11,130 square metres, will open in the later months of 2020 and will include an assembly area and workshop as well as a manufacturing zone to produce aluminium and carbon fibre and other parts.

The company’s new HQ will also be housed in the facility and will include design, research and development, and engineering departments as well as a training centre and autonomous technology department.

A gallery will also be included to allow for the exhibition of the company’s car models.

Anyone who drives a vehicle in the UAE must be covered by at least a basic third-party car insurance policy.