On the 30th anniversary of the revolution , the “Libyan rocket” appeared, a green five-person limousine, supposedly equipped with the latest electronics. A prototype was presented to the public at the Organization for African Unity’s annual meeting in September 1999.
Here is the 2009 version of Muammar Gaddafis “Saroukh el-Jamahiriya (Libyan Rocket)” a car which made its debut in 1999, exactly 10 years ago.
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The “Libyan Rocket”, as the prototype is called, is described as an “elegant sedan” 17 feet long, more than six feet wide, with a 3-liter, V-6 gasoline engine.
According to the BBC and Fox News, it also has airbags, an unspecified ‘electronic defense system’, and a collapsible bumper.
The car can go hundreds of miles on a flat tire, a feature that could come in handy while driving in the vast Libyan desert. Other safety features include a device to cut off the fuel supply to avoid a fire in case of accident.
Domenico Morali, CEO of Tesco TS SpA, an automotive design company based in Turin, Italy, said Qaddafi joined in discussions about the car’s styling and asked for an original car using Libyan materials including marble, leather and fabric.
The car was unveiled in Tripoli at the end of an African Union summit.
According to the BBC, construction of a factory to produce the car was to have began in October 2009 in Tripoli. (ANI)
Saroukh el-Jamahiriya Prototype
For the 40th anniversary of the Libyan revolution, the Italian TESCO TS (since 2009: Tesco Go SpA) the vehicle according to the specifications of Muammar al-Gaddafi : Only materials of Libyan origin should be used; the design of the vehicle, on the other hand, was allegedly designed by Gaddafi himself. Like the previous model, the prototype was a luxury class sedan , equipped with airbags, shock-absorbing vehicle parts and bumpers as well as a sensor system and was touted as the “safest car in the world”.
The vehicle is said to have had a 230 hp V6 petrol engine with a displacement of three liters; this engine is said to have given the vehicle an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in seven seconds. A price of around 50,000 euros was planned for series production, the prototype cost 2 million euros. The whereabouts of the prototype after the civil war in Libya is unclear.
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