The Laffite G-Tec X-Road is a V8-powered super off-roader

There’s an electric version available, too
by Greg Potts | Jan 24, 2020
PHOTO: TopGear.com

Recognize the hulking shape that presents itself before you? Nope? How about if we mention the name Zarooq Sand Racer? Still no, probably. Anyway, for reasons unknown to us, this off-road supercar thing is now known as the Laffite G-Tec X-Road.

We first saw the X-Road (then referred to as the Sand Racer) in rendered images back in 2017, but this time it definitely exists, and is definitely available to order through a Los Angeles-based company known as Laffite Supercars. Definitely. Apparently. Not that we’re skeptical, of course.

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According to Laffite, 30 examples of the X-Road will be built in total, and customers who pay the $465,000 (around P23.7 million) base price will be able to choose a power output somewhere between 463hp and 710hp. Crikey.

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That grunt comes from a GM-sourced 6.2-liter LS3 V8 and is transferred to the rear-wheels only—in true Baja racer style. Buyers can also choose between a five-speed sequential or a six-speed paddle-shift gearbox. Top speed is limited to 230kph—most likely thanks to those chunky BFGoodrich tires.

The chassis has been developed by G-Tec (hence the name addendum), and there’s 17 inches of suspension travel for serious off-road goodness.

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But wait—Laffite also says the X-Road will be available as a full EV, too. Yep, for the bargain price of just $545,000 (roughly P27.8 million), Spanish company QEV Technologies will come in and fit a 454hp electric motor and a 60kWh battery for 320km+ of range. Where the V8-engined X-Road weighs 1,300kg, though, the EV tips the scales at 1,630kg.

Deliveries are scheduled to start at the end of 2020, and we genuinely hope this thing happens. It could be very fun indeed.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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