Luke Wilkinson 2019-12-03 16:00
The V6-engined, retro-inspired Jannarelly Design-1 is available to order now, with prices starting from £86,000
Jannarelly Automotive, the Dubai-based start-up manufacturer, has launched its retro-inspired Design-1 sports car in the UK. It’s a lightweight, road-legal, V6-engined weekend toy designed to rival the new Morgan Plus Six. Just 499 examples will be built, with each carrying a price-tag of £86,000.
It’s powered by a Nissan-derived, naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 engine, which produces 321bhp at 6,800rpm and 371Nm of torque at 4,800rpm. The engine sends its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox and offers a claimed 0–60mph time of “less than four seconds.”
The Design-1’s styling is heavily influenced by the Le Mans GT racers of the 1960s, sharing a similar long bonnet, powerful haunches and short, upswept tail as seen on the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO and the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona. Like the classic racers, it’s also very light thanks to its tubular space frame chassis and optional carbon fibre panelling.
With the carbon fibre bodywork option selected, the Jannarelly Design-1 tips the scales at 850kg, which gives it a power-to-weight ratio of around 380bhp per tonne. To manage such performance, the car’s chassis features a limited-slip differential, vented four-piston disc brakes for the front axle and a set of lightweight alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres.
The Design-1 is a highly customisable product, with buyers being offered a wide range of exterior paint finishes, a pair of uniquely trimmed carbon fibre and leather bucket seats and the choice of three body styles (Coupe, Roadster or Aero). Buyers can even choose from a range of Nardi or Momo steering wheels, in either leather, wood or Alcantara trim.
Jannarelly Automotive was founded in 2016 by racing boat builder Frederic Juillot and car designer Anthony Jannarelly – the man responsible for the Lykan HyperSport’s styling. Jannarelly also penned the Design-1’s styling, originally as a bespoke personal project, as a “retro-futuristic tribute to sports cars of the 50s, 60s and 70s.”
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