There is a “growing market” of customers from the Middle East renting supercars in London.
Arab visitors who come to London for “Supercar Season” have started hiring supercars from local businesses instead of flying in their own.
Signature Car Hire owns the UK’s largest fleet of luxury vehicles. The London company’s Chief Executive and Founder, Dee Bhatia, says his client list includes royals from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
“They are discerning clients who know exactly what they want. We have been known to buy a car specifically because a VIP client requested it,” Bhatia said.
“Supercar Season” refers to the Summer months when Tourists from the Arabian Gulf flood London, usually with their supercars. Locals from Knightsbridge and Mayfair have complained about the noisy cars, as well as potentially dangerous driving.
Some companies would even buy vehicles for their fleet if a client had asked for it specifically.
Another rental company, Supercar Experiences, is also receiving an influx of Asian customers around this time a year. For example, the Lamborghini Aventador LP700, one of the most expensive supercars in the world, is available for lb1,995 per day,
“We’ve had the princes, the sheikhs, the billionaires,” said Nik Hardwick, Managing Director of Supercar Experiences. “They’ve all got cars back home. But a lot of people decide to hire rather than bringing their own cars over.”
More and more people are flying their supercars into the country also, paying up to Dh70,000 to do so.
Manchester-based Dan Car Logistics handled 35-40 cars being flown in from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.
Arab countries, such as Qatar which will hold 2018’s FIFA World Cup, is known to reach up to 46 degrees in the summer months. It is believed that the yearly pilgrimage to London could be in an attempt to get away from the heat.
By Peter Jepson