After announcing the intention and the projects of its Cobra wannabe, Jannarelly Automotive has dismissed any claims of vaporware and presented the Design-1 roadster. The car, which wil cost US$ 55,000, has already sold 20 units and was presented in Dubai in May 25, in a private event, and in May 27, in a public event. The first happened at the Tomini Classics, a gallery for classic cars run by Assyl Yacine. In the picture below you can see him between Frederic Juillot, owner of Equation Composite, which produces the car components, and Anthony Jannarelly, designer of the Design-1 and of the W Motors Lykan HyperSport and Fenyr SuperSport.
The Jannarelly Design-1 is 3.86 m long, 1.84 m wide, 1.08 m high and has a wheelbase of 2.43 m. It weighs only 710 kg, with body parts made of carbon fiber and fiberglass (none of which has any structural function), and is powered by a Nissan VQ35DE 3.5 V6 engine, able to generate 224 kW and 371 Nm. Even though it looks like a Cobra, it is a rear-mid-engined car, as you can see in the image below.
The V6 is transversely mounted, to save space. We wonder were the 70 l is placed. Being the heaviest component besides the engine and the transmission, we hope it is somewhere among the axles of the Design-1 in order to make weigh distribution more interesting. The gearbox is a 6-speed manual and the car has a limited slip differential. Jannarelly claims the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4 s and that it reaches a top speed of 220 km/h.
The car suspensions uses double wishbone arms both in the front and the rear axle linked to a steel tubular chassis. Its 16-inch 3 pieces anodised alloy lightweight rims, with billet centres, will be matched with Toyo R888 tires: 225/50 R16 in front and 245/45 R16 in the back. Four-point quick release full harnesses will ensure the driver can cope will all Gs the car is able to generate.
As an old school vehicle, the Design-1 is set to have lots of gauges. Beyond the regular speedometer, tachometer and fuel indicator, it will also present a water level, oil pressure, voltmeter, odometer and trip indicator. But they seem to be all concentrated in the two round instruments behind the steering wheel in the picture above. Jannarelly says this is still a prototype, what may explain the extreme simplicity of the interior. And the ugly steering wheel.
The first units of the car will be part of the Special Launching Edition. They will get a carbon fiber aerokit, rear polycarbonate spoiler, plumbed automatic extinguisher, Toyo Proxes R888 tires, aeroscreen, chrome accessories and leather package. Deliveries are expected to begin in a couple of months, if not earlier. In Europe, they will be handled by Marcassus Sport, a company that has an expertise in lightweight cars, such as Lotus. In the USA, the company has not decided on a dealer so far.