Do you remember the iconic stunt scene from Fast & Furious where Vin Diesel’s Dom and Paul Walker’s Brian (the actor’s last appearance) jump the car out of the upper floor of one skyscraper, into another and then into one more before leaping to safety as the car plummets hundreds of feet to the ground? The supercar used in the scene is now going under the hammer at the NFT marketplace Rubix. The Abu Dhabi-based W motors produced 10 Lykan HyperSport stunt vehicles exclusively produced for the highly acclaimed Fast & Furious series, from which the only one managed to survive the filming. The last remaining Lykan HyperSport stunt car, featured in scenes with stars Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker crashing through some of the most famous skyscrapers in the UAE, was opened for biding from May 09 this year. As a car with a unique story and rich Hollywood history through its scars and imperfections as a one-of-a-kind collector’s piece, the supercar is set to fetch a hefty price!
“We are honored to be partnering with W Motors to bring this piece of pop culture history to market as the first vehicle NFT in which the buyer will take ownership of the physical asset along with exclusive digital content – this has never been done before in NFTs,” says Dr. Nithin Palavalli, Chief Executive Officer at Rubix. “As NFTs continue to infiltrate different industries, RubiX is pioneering technological advancements that will shape the future of automotive sales and W Motors is the perfect partner to work with to bring this to market.”
The Lykan was designed in the Middle East and built-in Europe and featured a robust exterior and a sporty interior along with a twin-turbocharged flat-six capable of churning out 780 horses and 708 ft-lbs of twist. The company produced only seven examples of the $3.4 million Coupe from 2014 to 2017, thus making it one of the rarest models of the last decade.
After an arduous routine on the sets of the 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, the Lykan does bear some scars of honor – slight damage to the body, wheels, and engine. Apart from that, the Lykan is not street legal as the airbag was ripped out for production but is still drivable.
“W Motors is the first company to implement NFT technology in the automotive arena, adding another impressive notch to our belt and signaling a new way to sell luxury, investment-grade vehicles in a manner that guarantees provenance, security, and ownership of the asset,” said Ralph Debbas, CEO of W Motors. “By partnering with RubiX for the launch of our first asset-backed NFT, we are paving the way for the future of NFTs within the automotive space, and this is only the beginning for us.”
The bidding for the car starts at $100,000. However, apart from the beautiful Lykan Lykan, the winning bidder will walk away with an NFT package including a non-fungible token to prove ownership (the reason why is a digital asset company is holding the auction) and a collage of exclusive images and unique 3D videos of the Lykan Hypersport stunt car. The digital assets are built on-chain on the RubiX blockchain with DiD security – the most secure and sustainable blockchain in the market today. The W Motors Lykan HyperSport NFT is the first physically-backed on-chain automotive NFT in the world which provides the buyer full ownership of both the digital and physical assets. The ongoing craze for NFT, the digital assets, is probably why one would indulge in the bidding.