2016 Exotic Rides W70 is a car.
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An Orlando-based auto company that goes by the name Exotic Rides has completed the development of a 626-horsepower supercar called the W70. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we still don’t know if the car is actually headed for production. That’s normally a recipe that would lead us to be a little cynical about the status of the W70, but we’re going to give it the benefit of the doubt because we actually want to see Exotic Rides make a name for itself in the industry.
Here’s what we know about the W70. Its design was penned by an Australian automotive designer named David Williams. The renderings of the supercar makes us think that Williams used the Ferrari Enzo as the inspiration behind his creation. It’s a little more subdued than the Enzo, but a lot of the elements, including the shape of the headlights and the scissor doors are present in the final version of the supercar.
With the build of the car now complete, the next step for Exotic Rides is to actually build a business plan for it. There’s no timetable for that yet, but given the enormous business challenges that the company still faces, I think it would be premature to assume that the W70 will be terrorizing the roads of America in the near future.
The exterior of the W70 is unique in the sense that Williams was able to design it while also integrating elements from various supercars. The most obvious of these references comes from the Ferrari Enzo. For instance, the front has plenty of design nods towards the Enzo. There’s the sculpted hood with the inverted triangle cut that runs down to the nose of the car. The front headlights package is new, but the massive air intakes are two more nods to the Enzo.
The front headlights package is new, but the massive air intakes are two more nods to the Enzo.
To the side, the large wheel arches are the attention-grabbers. The rear arches, in particular, extend a little further out than the Enzo’s. Even the rear vents are larger, presumably on account of the larger engine of the W70 and the nod to the F1-style side pods that the Enzo also used. 20-inch wheels are fitted in the front and rear and are wrapped in 235/55/20 and 235/30/20 tires, respectively.
The rear section of the W70 also features numerous similarities and differences to the iconic Ferrari supercar. It’s got a flat surface that optically looks wider because of the thin, horizontal bar flanking the two circular taillights. The W70 also has massive diffusers similar to the Enzo. They look a bit different because of the former’s bumper configuration, but the function of both diffusers remain the same. The W70 also has two tailpipes compared to the four on the Enzo. Both are found in the same location though so that’s another similarity to cross off the checklist.
For a company that has just built it’s first supercar, Exotic Rides surprisingly made a pretty slick interior that looks ergonomically cleaner than I anticipated it to be. The company played it smart and kept the cockpit clean with the dashboard and roof linings covered in Alcantara. It also added a sporty steering wheel that sits in front of a large digital instrument cluster. There aren’t a lot of buttons and switches either, further adding to its smooth appearance. In place of all those buttons, the tuner opted to have a Tesla Tesla -like vertical digital display that slides from the top of the dash all the way down to the center stack. There are only two seats inside, which is largely due to the mid-mounted nature of its Chevrolet-sourced LS7 engine.
Exotic Rides announced in 2014 that the W70 would be carrying a General Motors -sourced, 7.0-liter, LS7 V-8 that packs an impressive 626 horsepower. It’s nice to know that the company didn’t call an audible on the engine because the size and corresponding output number is right in line with what you can expect from a supercar. No performance numbers have been announced, but considering the size of the engine and its output number, it’s reasonable to expect a 0 to 60 mph sprint in the mid- to high-three second range, with a top speed of around 190 mph. The mid-mounted engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, ensuring that drivers of the W70 will get to experience the thrill of driving the supercar without a lot of driving aids that have become prevalent in the supercar game these days.
On account of the massive V-8 of the W70, Exotic Rides designed the supercar’s suspension to include racing coilovers with adjustable ride and camber. An iLIFT Intelligent Suspension Lift System was also installed. This system comes with automatic ground clearance sensors under the vehicle - found under the front bumper and rocker panels - that automatically raise and lower the car to provide extra space for clearance between the car’s underbody and the road. This system will come in handy, especially in less-than-ideal road conditions.
It’s still unclear if Exotic Rides has priced the W70. Considering its status as a niche supercar that will likely be built in limited quantities, it’s probably best if those interested in buying the car contact Exotic Rides directly to at least get a price quote on the W70.