Ralph R. Debbas founded W Motors in 2012. A true pioneer in the region, Ralph has successfully positioned W Motors as one of the most exclusive HyperCar manufacturers in the world and the first Middle Eastern company to design and craft high-performance luxury sports cars.
A visionary businessman and pioneer in the Middle East automotive industry, Ralph. R Debbas founded W Motors in 2012.
The automotive designer turned entrepreneur has since successfully positioned W Motors as one of the most exclusive hypercar manufacturers in the world – and the first Middle Eastern company to design and craft high performance luxury sports cars.
He led the company to international stardom when his first project, the Lykan HyperSport, was featured as hero car in Universal Studio’s Fast and Furious 7.
Debbas went on to create the company’s second hypercar, the Fenyr SuperSport, open the first W Motors flagship Gallery and spearhead numerous, diverse automotive projects, extending the company’s expertise from hypercar creator to electric and autonomous trendsetter.
Sharing his belief that “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” with his team and network of key international partners, Debbas leads today the company in the fastest race Dubai has ever seen: towards becoming the “smartest” capital of the world.
He has firmly planted W Motors – and the UAE – on the world automotive map. With Debbas’ unwavering vision and ceaseless quest to inspire and innovate, he has every intent of driving W Motors to becoming a leader in the future of mobility.
Exequiel Di Salvo
"The soul and expression of a design are the result of bringing to life one’s character and emotions"
Lead Automotive Designer at W Motors, Exequiel guides the Design team and ensures that W Motors’ DNA lines are highlighted across all W Motors products and projects within the company's Special Projects Division.
Having lived in Dubai for over 15 years, Exequiel joined W Motors in 2015 and is instrumental in the development of the Fenyr SuperSport, the company’s second hypercar built with a focus on performance, power and speed, limited to a total of 110 units worldwide.
Exequiel is also the mastermind behind the ICONIQ Seven project – a fully electric multipurpose vehicle developed in partnership with sister company ICONIQ Motors based in Shanghai, China.
Inspired by his father's passion for all things automotive and aerospace related, Exequiel took his affinity for design that began at a young age to the next level, going on to complete a Master’s degree in Car & Transportation Design in Italy.
Today, Exequiel oversees W Motors’ design processes from initial stages of conception, sketching and design, to engineering and prototype development and regularly travels to Europe and China to drive forward projects with the company’s network of international partners.
With his enthusiasm for the motoring industry, multicultural background and unwavering creativity, Exequiel is an invaluable member of W Motors team.
"Analyzing the human behavior and understanding the new trends are the best ways of coming up with a creative, beautiful and ambitious design"
Jeremy’s passion for cars began at a very young age, and with an intrinsic artistic flair, going on to design cars was a natural career path. He graduated in Transportation Design with Honors from the International School of Design in Valenciennes, France and interned with a number of world-class manufacturers in Italy, Spain and the US during his studies.
After moving to Dubai in 2016, Jeremy joined W Motors as an Automotive Designer specialized mainly in exterior design. During his short time with the company, he has already headed two exterior projects, quite an accomplishment for a young designer.
The first was the pioneering BEAST PATROL project which he handled from the start. Developed by W Motors with partner Safe City Group for Dubai Police, “Ghiath” is the most advanced police vehicle in the world. Working closely with key technical partners, Jeremy overcame the many challenges associated with the project and the outcome superseded all expectations.
Unlike the Ghiath project, which was designed for ‘now’, Jeremy’s second mega project is the MUSE Autonomous vehicle, to be made in the UAE, for which he designed the full exterior with a futuristic spirit and simple minimalistic lines – whilst staying true to W Motors’ brand DNA.
"Being a car designer is more than a passion, it is a vocation. We make people dream by creating new mobility experiences and unique atmospheres”
Ishak joined W Motors as an Automotive Designer in 2017, having moved to Dubai from France to experience big city life and further his career. Ishak brings a diversified fine art and design background to the team offering his skills to both interior and exterior works.
Ishak designed the interior of the “Ghiath”, also known as the BEAST PATROL, a vehicle that combines distinctive and highly advanced technologies, functionality and reliability and sets new standards for security vehicles on an international level.
His most challenging project to date, the BEAST PATROL needs to offer comfort for police officers spending long hours on patrol, whilst integrating the immense amount of high-tech equipment and staying true to the design ethos of W Motors. Ishak’s background and in-depth understanding of engineering processes were instrumental in realizing this project.
Ishak is also responsible for the seats design of the ICONIQ SEVEN, Premium and VIP Editions. He also headed the VIP Edition Lounge concept. Ishak offers his support to all other projects whether in-house W Motors’ designs or styling proposals for Special Projects Division.
With a lifelong passion for automotive and aerospace, that led to him pursuing an education in Automotive Design and gaining a Master’s in Automotive & Transportation Design in France, Ishak is specially skilled at rough sketching and 3D renders.
“Good design is thinking outside the box while living inside one”
Gaurav has been sketching cars for as long as he can remember. His fascination with four-wheeled machines began at a very young age, and with an apparent talent for creating, was encouraged by his family to pursue his aspirations of becoming an Automotive Designer.
Gaurav joined W Motors in 2017 and has contributed to a variety of projects, the most significant of which is conceiving the complete interior of the MUSE Autonomous vehicle to be made in the UAE, a major achievement and game-changing contribution to the future of mobility.
Working closely with ICONIQ Motors and other key partners on the project, Gaurav advises on the different surfaces, materials and the feasibility of integrating certain design elements, based on how the autonomous car will be used.
Inspired by nature, music and machines, Gaurav’s combined knowledge of engineering and design are influential in his work. With an Automotive Engineering degree and a Master’s in Transportation Design, several internships under his belt, national and international awards to his name, he is a skilled engineer, designer, and an integral part of W Motors team.
"It is only by sketching often and sketching with an open mind that one day you discover a design direction in its true character"
Zak is an accomplished Automotive Designer, proficient in an extensive array of design softwares and skills ranging from sketching to digital rendering, graphic artistry and typography. 3D modeling is his strength, and crafting automotive models his passion.
Having grown up in the UK and earnt a Master’s in Automotive Design at the prestigious Coventry University, Zak’s design drive led him to experience international markets like the US, China and Germany. Zak was drawn to Dubai in 2017 after ‘discovering’ the famous W Motors Lykan HyperSport.
Zak is responsible for all the 3D work for the BEAST PATROL project and supports the Design Team on all in-house and consultancy projects. He is creative with strong technical skills and has an excellent eye for design and detail.
“Creating a connection between man and machine is what drives a designer to design; the sense of achievement in realizing this lasting connection is indescribable.”
Rohan joined W Motors in 2018 as part of the Design Team. He grew up in the Middle East and followed the automotive industry closely over the course of his studies, which culminated in him earning a Master’s in Transportation Design in Italy.
An avid mobility enthusiast with a penchant for motorsports, Rohan’s fascination with automobiles began when he was a child. He is contributing to various projects at W Motors, working mainly on MUSE Autonomous designs.
Rohan is proficient in rendering, sketching and 3D modelling. He is innovative and forward-thinking, with an aptitude for staying on top of current trends. For Rohan, design is an extension of one’s personality – he believes that the ultimate goal of any car designer is to create an emotional connection between man and machine.