It’s always difficult for a new manufacturer to enter the supercar sector. For one, do we really need more supercars? What does the normal person gain from such an addition? Two, can we even trust that a new supercar that’s been shoved into a stand at a show will even make it to production, or that the performance figures are correct? The Ajlani Drakuma is the latest car to undergo our severe questioning, and it certainly looks the part.
Unveiled at the Dubai Motor Show, it is (obviously) a prototype built over five years. With a twin-turbo V8 producing 1,200bhp, the owner, Bashar Ajlani is adamant that he is to become the next Pagani.
“Horacio Pagani is one of my idols,” he told Top Gear, “because he does not compromise when it comes to quality.”
Apart from the vague engine specs, all we know is that it is made from carbon fibre, and he’s looking at “a few options” for the chassis. Yeah, this sounds like every other supercar company that we never hear of again, but at least the owner has a vision for where the company will sit in the industry.
“People who drive these hypercars aren’t looking at the split-second differences (in performance) unless it’s for bragging rights. We don’t care about that. We want to build a car that looks the part.”
He explains that he started with the door when designing this car, and that it folds out like a dragon’s wing. In the same theme, the front bumper features fangs, and a pointed tail-like design at the rear. There are plenty of aero bits and pieces scattered over the design, however functional they may not be. This feels like a form over function design, which if he wants to compete with the legendary Horatio Pagani, is not the way to go about it.
When the car goes into production, only 99 will be built, each one customisable by the owner.
“We want to focus on our craft, give every car the full attention it deserves, build them properly to spec.
“The way I’d describe this car is: Lamborghini-inspired design, Pagani-inspired production.”
I’d be surprised if we ever featured this car again, but it’s nice to witness a man’s dreams in the form of a car, regardless if he can see it through or not.