Ralph R. Debbas
From humble beginnings in a small town in Lebanon to becoming a recognised global innovator as the first manufacturer of high-performance luxury hypercars in the Middle East, W Motors is the embodiment of all my passions: design, architecture, construction and automotive. I’ve always been hands-on when it comes to understanding and developing an appreciation for constructing beautiful and meaningful things.
International travel was a big part of family life as they expanded the business building and operating factories around the world, which further fuelled my design and engineering fascination. This changed everything and, unbeknownst to my parents, I applied to a number of international universities and was delighted to be offered a place at Coventry University in the UK, a world-renowned academic hub for automotive design
Why the wolf? Nicknamed the ‘white wolf’ from an early age, Ralph means wise wolf in different mythologies… and so W Motors was born. Wolves are also incredibly tenacious, and this was a personal quality that really came to the fore as we navigated the endless challenges and unexpected hurdles that come with founding a business – and a new automotive brand in particular.
Fast forward to now and the fact that we have an amazingly strong, supportive multinational network of partners and groundbreaking automotive portfolio is the realisation of that dream. The Lykan HyperSport is emblematic of our brand DNA in action; a labour of love from day one and the catalyst for the W Motors company. A host of high-profile international companies were involved in its making and from drawing board to its starring role in the Fast & Furious franchise, it remains a first-of-its-kind project for us and for the region.
Each car we create is different, with its own personality, its own DNA and is a one-off in every way. The Lykan HyperSport represents the birth of W Motors and the translation of a long-held dream into a drivable reality. The Fenyr SuperSport represents the future of W Motors and our commitment to taking bold steps with each evolution.
It’s never been about creating the most expensive car in the world; it’s about bringing a new industry to Dubai and the Middle East. In the 12 years that we’ve been in business, the collective expertise we have gathered from Europe, China, the US and this region has given us a platform from which to develop exceptional automotive capabilities, train amazing young talent and build an exciting and unique economic opportunity for the region…Want to read more?