If you followed me over the years, you know I have a deep affinity and passion for sport and supercars in general. These autos are always pushing the limits and fuelling my personal desire towards cars in general and this great hobby we all love. I recently caught wind of a new manufacturer named AUTOCRAFT. Their first production replica is the 1:18 scale diecast version of W Motors, the Lykan HyperSport. From what I gather, AUTOCRAFT is a German based company. Officially, the model is manufactured and engineered using their own in house design team and after approval by licensee the project is brought over to one of their OEM factories for production.
If you’re not familiar with the Lykan HyperSport, I will provide a short synopsis of the car. The company was founded in 2002, a Lebanese limited production vehicle by W Motors. The car itself has gained fame via video games, word of mouth, and in recent times, an appearance in the Fast and the Furious series. The Lykan HyperSport is powered by a 3.7 litre twin-turbocharged flat-six engine developed by RUF. It produces 780 hp and 708 lb·ft of torque. Where the car wins the pissing contest against its competitors is the incredible top speed of 395 km/h (245 mph) and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 2.8 seconds. Some people call it over the top, I call it poetry in motion.
Until the AUTOCRAFT release, there wasn’t much available replica wise of the Lykan HyperSport other than the opening price point model from Jada (which was in the shopping cart @ CK Modelcars at time of purchase), and a few higher priced resin versions from TOP Marques and Fronti-Art – more than I was willing to spend. It has been customary here at DiecastSociety.com to highlight the box of any new manufacturer featured in its first review, so we start with the exterior packaging.
The exterior box is made of cardboard. It features logos of W Motors and AUTOCRAFT. One thing you’ll notice off the top is the familiarity of their font type to that of AUTOart, which is surely intentional LOL. Also note the side red sticker, a good indication that future colours are coming. Inside, the model is housed in a styrofoam shell with a secondary plastic cover to keep the precious cargo safe.
At first glance I was shocked by how good the model in fact is. At $99US I wasn’t expecting miracles, but AUTOCRAFT proved me wrong. Overall lines are true to the original car. Panel gaps and shutlines are surprisingly good throughout – this model allows access to the front storage, interior and motor. It also comes equipped with a full functioning rear spoiler. This is a far cry from the toy-like replica offered by Jada.
Exterior paint isn’t the best I’ve seen; in my opinion, it is somewhat dull and lifeless. I have not seen any notable defects in the paint, though some have reported chips and what not. My model is consistent throughout.
The front of the Lykan HyperSport features perforated grilles, which allow view to the detail behind. The emblems, front and side are crafted in photo etch metal. Headlight detail is average at best. Carbon fibre detailing is good. Access to the storage is available and operation is flawless. AUTOCRAFT even used strut supports to add to the realism. Well done!
The rear is much like the front, perforated grilles are front and centre – there are also metal grilles on each side that provide cooling to the motor. Metal decals and a full functional spoiler are the icing on the cake. Remember folks, retail on this model is $99US!
Top centre of the motor area features a sculpture like carbon fibre entity – execution is very good. Motor access is available with a forward to back up-sweep. Again AUTOCRAFT excels in detail with full strut supports. Engine detail is sparse, most is covered. Suspension components do take front and centre. Overall detail is very good, something more commanding of $175+ model. Wow!
Wheels on the Lykan HyperSport are finished in Black. Along side the ceramic discs and yellow calipers which feature the company name, the package is executed well. If this wasn’t enough, AUTOCRAFT actually provides script on the side wall of the tires, very impressive!
Inside, the detail carries on; first, I need to mention the correct opening motion of the doors. AUTOCRAFT again amazes with the level of engineering at this price point. Operation is flawless and both doors will stay in the open position. There are struts and magnets that complete the package. Doors cards are nicely detailed too.
The cockpit is fully detailed – two tone interior is nicely appointed. Fabric seat-belts are present, logo etched in seat top and side. There isn’t any carpeting found within the interior, though I’m not sure if the original car does. Anyone?
I was very skeptical when I first saw the AUTOCRAFT Lykan HyperSport, how good could this model be for $99? Well, all scepticism and doubt are gone, and I’m a believer. The model is remarkable for what it offers, along with being made of diecast metal and providing a host of others goodies, the level of execution is there and on par with the likes of AUTOart and Kyosho. Though not perfect, the model excels well beyond its $99 price. Now this begs the question, are we as collectors being hosed by the other brands? Are we paying too much? I think so.
Folks buy this model it’s worth it! I for one am looking forward to more models from AUTOCRAFT. Definitely a breath of fresh air amongst all the resin and inflated retail prices of the last few years. Well AUTOCRAFT, well done. Enjoy the pics!