New Jannarelly sports car is a 60s throwback

The Jannarelly Design-1 might look like it’s cobbled together from bits of old racing car, but is in fact bang-up-to-date.

It’s the work of Anthony Jannarelly, the designer who penned the Lykan and Fenyr supercars, and carbonfibre specialist Equation Composite. According to Jannarelly, the Design-1 is “a tribute to the 60s for car lovers in search of style, self-customization and performance.” Quite.

Jannarelly describes the Design-1 as ‘fully customizable’. The – non-structural – body is available in either glassfibre or carbonfibre. With it ‘pontoon’ fenders and ovoid front intake, the styling most closely resembles the iconic Ferrari Testarossa racing car of the Fifties and Sixties. But there’s modern aero mixed in too, with a front splitter and rear diffuser that don’t detract from the classical shape.

A naturally-aspirated, 3.5-litre V6 of unspecified origin lives in the middle of the tubular steel chassis. It sends its 304bhp and 274lb/ft of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox and a limited-slip diff.

The Design-1 is a diddy little thing, measuring 3,860mm from nose to tail, 1,840mm across and 1,080mm tall. Jannarelly claims it weighs 710kg, which lends creedance to the claimed 0-62mph time of four seconds. A top speed of 135mph is probably limited by aero and/or gearing.

Though it is primarily a track car, Jannarelly hasn’t gone overboard specifying the running gear. Suspension is by double wishbones with coil-over-damper springs and the brakes are gripped by four-piston calipers at the front, with two-pot items at the rear. Wheels are 16-inch alloys wrapped in 225/50 front and 245/45 rear tyres.

On the flip side, because the Design-1 is relatively simple, the price is commensurately lower. The price is set at $55,000 (approx. £37,000), before tax. The first cars out of the Dubai factory’s doors will be available with a ‘Launching Edition’ package consisting of carbonfibre aerokit, plumbed-in fire extinguisher, aeroscreen, chrome and leather upholstery. A road-legal version with full lighting and a horn will be available, too.

Jannarelly hopes to start deliveries in January. Be interesting to see how the Design-1 fares against the Caterham 620R and Zenos E10.R.

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By Only Motors

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