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A Frankensteined Lykan Hypersport from Porsche Parts goes up for auction – Robb Report

ByRandall B. Phelps

Aug 15, 2022

You know those used car listings that claim “no history,” where a vehicle has such an impeccable history and pure lineage that it requires no qualification? Well, it’s not one of those cars.

This particular story goes like this: when VINwiki founder Ed Bolian was looking for an exploded Lamborghini Murcielago V-12 powertrain to create a “steampunk chandelier” for his garage, he found a seller who was ready to throw away the bodywork of a Lykan Hypersport.

The aggressively named Lebanese supercar is made by UAE-based W Motors and rose to prominence after being featured in Fast and furious 7. Only 7 of the original cars exist in total; this particular shell was not used in the film, but was intended for use in a Fast and Furious live broadcast.

Since the real Hypersport deal was based on a Boxster chassis and modified by Ruf, Bolian and his Genius Garage cohort Casey Putsch tracked down a 2007 Porsche Boxster S as a donor car so they could mate the bodyshell to a working chassis. The build process was documented in this YouTube playlist, and as Putsch says, “It’ll never be a Porsche Boxster again.”

The Lykan Hypersport Supercar would drive perfectly.

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The story takes a human-interest twist when we come to the workforce accustomed to Frankenstein painstakingly fiberglass bodywork on the Porsche platform (which no doubt required stretching, shimmy and compression in order to connect the disparate mechanical points): Putsch’s Genius Garage used engineering students, whose hands-on experience on the project gave them an unusual perspective on what makes an automobile work. W Motors guided the team on how to put all those mismatched parts together, and its CEO provided a letter and a commemorative plaque on the roof.

While Putsch says the car “drives great,” he also divulges a few caveats like a check engine light, tire pressure warning light, and a stipulation of off-road use only. The car is currently for sale on Bring a Trailer, with proceeds going to Genius Garage, a 501 C3 non-profit organization whose self-described mission is to “bridge the gap between academia and industry to help kick-start the careers of college engineering students.

The ersatz Hypersport has already fetched a six-figure price tag on Bring a Trailer – not quite the $3.6 million worth of the original Lykan, but still significant given its convoluted provenance. Putsch says, “Stories and histories are what separate great cars from historic cars. This car definitely has an awesome history.

Click here to see all photos of the Lykan Hypersport Supercar.

Lykan Hypersport Supercar

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