If we take a look at the Indian automotive manufacturers, almost 95% of the production is aimed at mass market passenger vehicles. It was only recently that renowned car designers DC, introduced our public to the first home-grown production sports car, the Avanti. The Avanti sure looked the part with its sleek, racy design sporting a premium carbon-composite chassis beneath. But now Mumbai-based Vazirani Automotive has taken this performance envelope to the next level by conceptualizing the first Indian hybrid engine hypercar, the Vazirani Shul. Although this revolutionary high-performance beast is still a year or two away from actual production, the prototype has been showcased earlier this year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and a few days ago at their studio in Mumbai. Let’s take a closer look at what all the striking Vazirani Shul hypercar has to offer.
In terms of looks, the Vazirani Shul is a stonker! Place it next to the likes of any proven hypercars like the Aventador or the Agera and it is bound to distinguish itself even amongst them. Company founder, Chunky Vazirani himself has worked in the past with well-established manufacturers such as Rolls-Royce, Volvo and Jaguar-Land Rover. Apart from his invaluable contribution to the project, Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the Gran Turismo Video Game franchise also played a key role in conceptualizing the design for this car.
The Vazirani Shul has a very distinct profile even by supercar standards. The front section of the car comprises of a sharp Y-shaped 3-strip LED headlight cluster. Below the headlamp lies a massive air intake mesh on either side with a smaller triangular cut-out in the middle. Moving to the side, the aggressive intake lines become even more aggressive and extend across the entire door area. Going by the appearance the car is going to be equipped with a rear-mounted gasoline engine which explains the presence of the intake vents at the end of the door. Another eye-catchy element is the rather unique 5-spoke rim shrouded by the fat low-profile rubber specially designed by Michelin.
The Vazirani Shul’s rear profile stands out the most on the entire car. It starts with the minimal rear window flanked by passive air vents on either side. Below the window lies the very uniquely placed exhaust outlet. There is also a “Gran Turismo” logo located above the exhaust notifying the contribution of Kazunori Yamauchi. Just behind the exhaust vent lie two fighter-jet inspired wings to direct the air away with minimal disturbance. A very complex network of diffusers, an integrated spoiler and winglets complete the Varizani Shul’s derriere with pronounced C-shaped LED tail lamps.
The Varizani Shul is a hybrid in the sense that it can operate on electricity as well as petrol. However, if you are using petrol, you can expect the minimum requirement to be 97 Octane. You can also use Methanol instead. The electric power comes from 4 individual motors over each wheel for fully liberated torque delivery. The Vazirani Shul also has a turbine jet engine allowing users to utilize both options as per their convenience. Both powerplants are mated to a single speed transmission like other conventional electric supercars.
The engine is said to have been developed with inputs from the Sahara Force India formula racing team and another undisclosed turbine manufacturer from the United Kingdom. Vazirani is yet to reveal any information on the 0-100 times or the top speed. They say that their emphasis is more on the driving experience than outright straight-line speed. However, we expect the car to have 0-100 time in the range of 2.5-3.0 seconds and a top speed in excess of 300 kmph with ease.
The name “Shul” is a derivative of the word “Trishul” which as per our mythology was the prime weapon of Lord Shiva. The Vazirani Shul is entirely made of a carbon-fiber chassis. The lower half of the car’s body along with the roof and half of the bonnet section are not painted and display the raw carbon-fiber texture giving the car an extremely premium appearance. Adding to that, its primary utility is to keep the weight of the car as low as possible while leaving structural integrity intact. The prototype shown in the Goodwood festival and their Mumbai studio had blacked out windows to hide the interiors since that section is yet to be completed. However, we expect a state-of-the-art cockpit with intuitive touch-screen displays and the usage of luxurious materials all around.
No official word has been released on the pricing of the car. But we can get an estimated figure comparing it parallel to its main rival, the Koenigsegg Agera R. The Agera was launched in India at a price of Rs.12.5 crores back in 2011. You can certainly expect the Vazirani Shul to be priced in the Rs.10-15 crore territory considering the level of equipment it’s packing.
Again, Vazirani Automotive is yet to make any official announcements pertaining to the Shul’s launch date. The current prototype shown to the public only showcases the exterior design of the car. The interior section is yet to be complete. Vazirani expects to have this hypercar ready for the roads by 2020-2021. They are currently in the process of looking for a suitable location for manufacturing the Shul. California is on the top of their list for ideal production plant setup. Despite being manufactured there, Vazirani assures that the car’s identity will remain Indian and it will reflect the same once on the road.
Keep an eye on our blog for more future information regarding the Vazirani Shul.