Lucra Details Its Customizable Supercar of the Future
Lucra Motors builds cars that we dream about. The LC470 is a V8-powered beast with throwback looks and performance oozing out of its finely crafted body lines. Lately though, Lucra is working on something big, and to get the latest on the supercar maker’s imminent project we spoke with Luke Richards, the man behind Lucra. So lets get right to it- tell us about this all-new 2.2 Richards: Well, it’s bigger than the LC470, but 2.2 isn’t the real name. That’s our internal naming. It’s actually called the L148 (we haven’t told anyone yet). Anyways, I wanted to build something that would be an AS WELL as opposed to an OR. The LC470 is the Ferrari 599 to the F430. We needed a more cosmopolitan car to fill the void. Everyone loves the LC470, but because of its lack of roof it’s not someone’s primary car. Today’s supercar buyers expect it to do everything, and be suitable for all conditions. I didn’t want to make a car that wasn’t totally usable. The LC does a very good job of what it does.
How else do these cars differ?
The L148 is a much different car. It’s much bigger. The LC470 has a 96-inch wheelbase, while the new car has a 148-inch wheelbase. The L148 is 80 inches wide. It’s the size of a Panamera.
That’s pretty big…
Today in supercars, big cars seem to be the trend. It’s a big car, but doesn’t handle big. For the driving people are doing these days the cars can be big, and people want larger cars. Mainly I wanted a large interior, wide rubber for a lot of horsepower. Tires wells are 14 inches rear and 13 inches in the front.
This car is able to set up with different engine and transmission combinations. The idea was, I wanted to keep it flexible. Wanted a full sequential in the LC, but it requires too much, the L148 is flexible. Allows for side exhaust or out the back.
Who do you see buying this car?
He is a well heeled, man in his mid-40s. He already has a Ferrari and a Mercedes/AMG and wants something different. A lot of those cars don’t have the attention to detail that I think they should. They all look nice and drive well, but still have that mass-produced feel.
I liked the SLR because McLaren made it, and you could tell it was made on a boutique level. The SLS is much more volume oriented.
What I was trying to appeal to was the guy that wanted to stand out. In LA there are a bunch of people that have cars that everyone has. We are the car for the person who wants more. We want to give a guy another option.
So mechanically, how does this car set itself apart from the competition you mentioned?
Everything is engineered to death. Everything I knew about cars was engineering first and styling last.
I want to be able to build something super exotic, but functional. I saw the chassis, and everyone that sees the chassis; they say that’s a real good looking chassis. From an engineering standpoint, it looks sound and it is.
You could take one of these cars and unscrew every part of it, there is no part of it that I want to cover up.
So can you describe the handling of this car?
We’ll we’re still in the design phase, but the predicted handling is supposed to be immense. The tires are massive, connected by a full wishbone suspension, perimeter chassis consists of 6 tubes, chormoly tubes. As a result, the chassis is ridiculously strong. We way overbuilt it. I don’t like flimsy chassis.
And then what else can you tell us about the intended design?
We are predicting the weight to be just a little bit heavier than the LC470. A lot of cockpit room. It’s going to have all the amenities that you’ll expect a supercar to have.
So with a limited run car already offered from Lucra, why does the L148 need to happen?
Our customers can’t show up to the same party and the same suit, and this car is just like that. From a manufacturing and design standpoint, large companies are not flexible enough, to make a car tailored to our intended buyer. They offer cars to that market, but those OEMs are making a car that is for too many people.
Many people buy on the name recognition of a brand. At the end of the day, through, you’re not buying a brand, you’re buying a car.
So when can we expect to see one in the flesh (er, in the carbon)? We’re going to get a couple of them done, and have them for the world to see in spring of 2014. We’re not sure if going to do the New York auto show, but would like to do. That show is on our very short list. NY seems to get a lot of hype, but we don’t have 14 cars to show in a $2 million display, the way an Audi would have. Other than that, were going to try and get one on a track next year. We are going to get this car in front of perspective buyers and the press and people will see what the L148 is all about. PHOTOS: See more of the 2014 Lucra L148