Off-road

Laffite G-Tec X-Road dares you to go anywhere at 120 mph


The world of custom, small-production vehicles thrives in the margins.

The Laffite G-Tec X-Road is one of those vehicles and answers the question: “What if a new Toyota Supra took a bunch of steroids and turned into an off-roader?”

The G-Tec X-Road isn’t related to a Supra nor is it really related to anything else. It’s the brainchild of Laffite Supercars, an LA-based automaker churning out extreme machines, including a road-going LMP thing called the X-24.

While we’re not sure what to call it for short—G-Tec? X-Road? monster?—the car gets its power from a GM LS3 V-8 that churns out between 470 and 720 horsepower, depending on the customer’s preference and life goals. That power is sent only to the rear wheels via either a 5- or 6-speed sequential transmission, both with paddle shifters.

Laffite G-Tec X-Road

According to the company, the X-Road’s 17-inch suspension travel means it’s cleared for takeoff just about everywhere, and the lightweight chromium molybdenum steel frame can take a beating. The top speed of the X-Road is 143 mph, presumably anywhere, and although the company doesn’t quote a 0-60-mph time, it’s likely quicker than it needs to be.

The whole vehicle weighs less than 2,900 pounds, which gives it a power-to-weight ratio in top spec of a Group B rally car. (The Lancia Delta S4 had a power-to-weight ratio of about 4 pounds/hp.)

Laffite plans to build 30 examples of the G-Tec X-Road. All will seat only two and come with most modern conveniences. The company doesn’t specify what goes into the custom interior, but who really cares when you’re bombing dunes at more than 100 mph?

As for the price, please have a seat; the G-Tec X-Road will cost about $465,000, or $545,000 for an all-electric version.

(H/T to Autoblog)



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Wild 964-based Porsche 911 is a $650,000 Baja dream car


There’s no kill like overkill. That proverb describes this off-road Porsche 911 perfectly, and now you can order one.

Russell Built Fabrication debuted its 964-based, Baja-ready Porsche 911 at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas, but now the outfit is officially taking orders.

The cost? T.J. Russell, founder, CEO, fabricator, and janitor of Russell Built Fabrication, told Motor Authority the car shown here and at the 2019 SEMA show is the Luxury model, and it starts from $650,000.

Both the chassis and suspension are reinforced, the track is widened a whopping 14 inches, and the wheelbase is stretched 3 inches for increased stability at speed.

Russell Built Fabrication Baja Porsche 911

Specifically, custom 4130 chromoly structural towers are added up front along with custom spindles, upper A-arms machined from billet 7075 aircraft aluminum, and heat-treated 4130 chromoly lower A-arms.

In back, a buggy-style chromoly box plate and a tube trailing arm hooked to the factory hard points help maintain the 911’s handling characteristics, according to Russell (we’ll need a turn behind the wheel to confirm—call us). They are aided by an adjustable rear sway bar.

All of this sits on 2.5-inch front and 3.0-inch rear three-way adjustable coilovers that help provide 12 inches of suspension travel up front and 13.5 inches in back. Those are figures we’d definitely like to test.

It’s all wrapped in widebody fenders, a molded rally-style hood, lightweight doors, and a hard top all made from composite materials. Total weight is down a claimed 400-plus-pounds to 2,800 pounds due to the removal of the factory steel body parts.

Russell Built Fabrication Baja Porsche 911

Russell Built Fabrication Baja Porsche 911

Power comes from a Rothsport Racing-tuned 3.8-liter flat-6 that makes 365 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The engine started life at 3.6 liters and was bored out to 3.8 liters. the engine’s internals, throttle bodies, and intake manifold are upgraded, and it’s all controlled by a Motec ECU. Power is sent to all four wheels on this particular car, but Russell Built Fabrication also offers rear-wheel drive.

Customers can choose their wheels and tires, but the SEMA prototype car rides on 15×7-inch fifteen52 Integrale wheels wrapped in Toyo Open Country A/T II tires.

Every one of these 911s will be equipped with a chromoly race-spec roll cage and a Motec digital display to monitor vehicle components and log data. To help control noise and heat within the cabin, Russell Built Fabrication applies a ceramic coating and sprays in a layer of sound deadener. A locking storage box sits behind the folding Sparco SPX carbon-fiber seats. Features such as a winch or roof rack can be requested, according to Russell.

At $650,000, the Luxury model also includes the prototype’s off-road lighting, stereo, and air conditioning. Russell said that’s where it begins, not ends.

Order yours today, and be sure to invite us to test it.



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