On the 2002 edition of the Geneva Auto Show, Laraki Design introduced his latest creation, the Fulgura, which means lightning in Roman. The Laraki Fulgura was actually a new concept built on a Lamborghini Diablo chassis from 1991, the original car was apparently crashed and now used to mount the new Laraki design super car.
During the show, two cars were presented, a bright yellow one that was completely drivable and used the Diablo chassis as mentioned, and a silver metallic Fulgura that was actually a standing prototype which wasn’t running at all.
The Fulgura uses a V12, 6-Liter engine with a massive 720 bhp output on the rear wheels only, with a torque of 600 Nm at 6500 rpm it shouldn’t be too difficult to spin the expensive 19 inch rear wheels. These stunning Braid wheels are actually mounted with 245/35 ZR 19’s at the front and receive 335/25 ZR 19 Pirelli P Zero’s at the rear were these Braid wheels actually show a very impressive deep outside rim, really nice.
But let’s talk looks … the Fulgura does look rather impressive, but it holds a mixture of different design clues, the front could remind people of the Ferrari 360 Modena, a rather similar treatment is shown with the round shaped air intakes in the front bumper. Also the covered headlights do look somewhat like those on the Modena model, but that’s about it, the rest of the car does have it’s very own identity, especially the rear.
A very impressive dual exhaust was mounted with large, oval tips at the outer side of the car, fully integrated into the rear bumper, spoiler combination, like on the Diablo, the rear bumper had a double function, it also produced down force due to it’s shape and angle.
The taillights also drew attention, these very innovative shaped units actually extend upward into the top part of the rear of the Fulgura, really different, which brings us to the engine cover, with the round shaped air extractors it looks very futuristic, nearly alien like …
The side view mirrors were also very stylish, mounted on a small stand these would probably not remain stable at the high speeds the Fulgura will be able to reach, a top speed of this prototype wasn’t given in the nice folder handed out during the Geneva Show, but with those 720 horsepower and a weight of only 1150 Kg, it should at least be as fast as the Lamborghini Diablo, so speeds over 300 Km/h should be no problem at all.
Personally I really liked the side window design, with the small section that opened just like on the Countach and the Diablo SE30 models, I don’t know why, but I really liked that touch, not very practical perhaps, but really stunning.
I have no information on pricing, or if the Laraki Fulgura will actually enter production, but with a little more work and refinement, and a price tag in the good direction it could become a competitor to the Murciélago perhaps, we’ll have to wait and see what happens with this concept car in the future …
The car was constantly refined, and on the 2004 edition of the Geneva Auto Show a totally different design was shown, an orange and a dark blue model were presented … and these cars looked finished, ready to enter production.
Unfortunately for us Lamborghini enthusiasts, the engine choice was modified, the dark blue car featured a V8 engine while the orange car used the optional V12 engine … both from Mercedes.