Automotive

Elibriea looks to move fighter jet-like sports car out of the ether

Elibriea concept car
Elibriea concept car
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The Elibriea concept car is a very distinctive design
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The Elibriea concept car is a very distinctive design
Elibriea hopes to develop the first Qatar-built luxury sports car
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Elibriea hopes to develop the first Qatar-built luxury sports car
The Elibriea concept is powered by a GM V6
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The Elibriea concept is powered by a GM V6
Elibriea's concept has 525 hp, but the company hopes to go more powerful with a production car
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Elibriea's concept has 525 hp, but the company hopes to go more powerful with a production car
Elibriea made its debut at the 2016 Qatar Motor Show
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Elibriea made its debut at the 2016 Qatar Motor Show
Elibriea concept car
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Elibriea concept car
"We were trying to make a sports car but end up making stealth fighter mobile!" Elibriea says in a Facebook post
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"We were trying to make a sports car but end up making stealth fighter mobile!" Elibriea says in a Facebook post
Elibriea reveals its concept car at the Qatar Motor Show
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Elibriea reveals its concept car at the Qatar Motor Show

The Middle East has seen a lot of automotive commotion of late, most of it due to Anthony Jannarelly and his multiple United Arab Emirates-based projects. A new potential player has now emerged from neighboring Qatar with the launch of a radical sports car concept that looks like a four-wheeled Stealth Bomber. The company and 525-hp concept car go by the name Elibriea.

The Middle East's elite have long been major consumers of the world's most expensive cars, but only recently have we seen the trend of sports cars designed in and for the market. Cars from the likes of W Motors and Zarooq certainly aren't fit for everyone's tastes, but they have spiced up the global auto market with interesting new ideas and aesthetics.

Elibriea revealed its concept car at the Qatar Motor Show this week, and it's nothing if not an interesting experiment in aesthetics. With surfaces sharp and angular enough to make the Lamborghini Veneno look buttery smooth, the car feels more like a military jet or armored car than the luxury sports car the Qatar company hopes to develop.

Elibriea reveals its concept car at the Qatar Motor Show
Elibriea reveals its concept car at the Qatar Motor Show

The concept car was designed and developed by Elibriea Automotive founder Abdul Wahab Ziaullah under the Undergraduate Research Experience Program at Texas A&M University's Qatar campus. Qatar-based retail and distribution company Ali Bin Ali Group sponsored the project.

The short front-end and sharply angled windshield are reminiscent of extreme wedge shaped concept cars like the iconic Bertone Lancia Stratos HF Zero. The long, arched cabin is sandwiched between that front-end and an equally short, sharp rear, giving the car a very disjointed 3/4 profile. It feels like several designs mashed sloppily into a single car.

The side windows, in particular, look like they were just squeezed between the roof and belt line out of necessity, as opposed to purposefully styled. The pairing of stealth headlights (we're still looking for them) with huge, exaggerated taillights further adds to the design dissonance.

Elibriea's concept has 525 hp, but the company hopes to go more powerful with a production car
Elibriea's concept has 525 hp, but the company hopes to go more powerful with a production car

Elibriea says that the concept features a mid-mounted 525-hp GM V6 engine below its carbon fiber skin. The company puts dimensions at 126 x 102 x 59 in (L x W x H, 3.2 x 2.6 x 1.5 m) and weight around 2,200 lb (1,000 kg). Unfortunately, there are no performance estimates following those basic specs.

The design doesn't do it for us, but we do respect when a car designer has some fun outside the box instead of just copying something that's been done again and again. And to his credit, Ziaullah appears very open to criticism and evolution.

"I'm excited and curious to know people's feedback on Elibriea, particularly the views of the critics," he told Qatar's Doha News. "I will use all their comments constructively to shape the hypercar. I want to make sure it outperforms Elibriea."

The "hypercar" Ziaullah references is the even more powerful production sports car he hopes to build at Elibriea. The company's website suggests the car will be an 800-hp mid-engine RWD named Equvallas.

A university-supported sports car with a weird, impractical design from a country with no history of building sports cars has all the makings of "vaporware never to be seen again." The fact that Elibriea is simultaneously soliciting sponsors and advertising March 2016 preorders doesn't add confidence, so we remain skeptical about this car having life beyond the 2016 Qatar show. We'll wait and see ... and hope that we're wrong.

Source: Elibriea, Qatar Motor Show

6 comments
Stephen N Russell
Lisc & produce? BMW, Benz, Porsche, Audi, Ferrari, Aston Martin.
POOL PUMPREAPAIR guy longwood
Wow that thing is ugly from all angles, parking it next to a plane was no help, should have parked it next to a beetle, that would have been a BIG help.
Don Duncan
This design caused a question I have never asked myself: Does form follow function? Or do designers just "wing it" hoping it functions? When I first saw the Aptera I was taken aback. It was strange. Then I thought: If this is a design based on the most efficient aerodynamics, I could accept it, even learn to love it. Shouldn't efficiency come first?
klo2001
I found myself thinking Equilibrium when I first saw the name Elibriea but after seeing the lack of balance in the overall appearance and design of the car I can see why they went with the shorter name.
MadMaxx
Another example of more money than brains.
Juan de la Cruz
Elibriea? Should have called it "Inebria", as in, "the designers, and the d-bags that will buy one of these monstrosities, are inebriated."
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