Those of you with long memories may remember us getting rather excited about the Jannarelly Design-1 when it was first unveiled back in 2016. Why? Well, just look at it.
Inspiration came from the achingly pretty 1950s Ferrari Testa Rossa race car, that won pretty much every race that mattered. And the comparison runs deeper than the looks, as the Jannarelly’s weight and power output are in the same sort of ballpark as the Testa Rossa.
Sitting between the front axle and the cockpit is a 3.5-litre V6 engine sourced from Nissan, tuned to deliver 325bhp. A rather modest figure these days, but the Jannarelly only weighs 760kg to 810kg – depending on how much carbonfibre the buyers specs.
That translates to a substantial power-to-weight ratio and a 0-62mph time of less than three seconds.
Top speed is only 135mph, but this seems to be a car that’s much more focused on handling, anyway. Such light weight, rear-wheel-drive, an engine in the middle and seats on top of the back axle in a car smaller than a Mazda MX-5 is a recipe for what should, in theory, be a joyous driving experience.
The pictures here suggest that three body configurations will be available – a tourer with a full windscreen, a Le Mans-style roadster with a cut-down ‘screen and a coupe with a hint of low-drag Jaguar E-Type in the roofline.
Company founder Anthony Jannarelly styled the Lykan Hypersport before creating the Design-1 as a sort of antidote to the gigantically expensive, preposterously fast Hypersport.
The Jannarelly Design-1 makes its UK debut at the Salon Prive concours event in September. A production run of 499 units is planned. The price was originally pegged at around the £40,000 mark, but it seems likely that it’ll actually cost quite a lot more than that.
By Graham King