Following the strong reception that Jannarelly received from the world (us included) when it first unveiled the teaser sketches of its Design-1 roadster late last year, company founders Anthony Jannarelly and Frederic Juillot have announced the technical specifications of its potent creation.
As expected, the roadster will be powered by a 3.5 liter Nissan powered V6 which would produce 304 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. This allows the lightweight Design-1 to make the sprint to 62 mph in 4.0 seconds before topping out at 135 mph (a smidge higher than our last estimate.) A six speed manual transmission is still the sole transmission choice available, and it appears that an automatic alternative is currently not in the cards.
The big news here is some of the handling technology that will be incorporated into the Design-1. A double wishbone suspension helps sharpen up the Design-1’s handling etiquette while adjustable dampers allow occupants to tweak select aspects of the car to their respective tastes, a feature that is shared with some of its track day capable rivals. The brakes are also track ready with ventilated discs featuring four piston calipers for the front wheels ,while the rears receive solid disc brakes and two piston brake calipers. This should help the car achieve strong stops at track speeds, and also allow it to be just as capable in city driving.
Jannarelly also revealed that sales of the Design-1 will take place in summer of 2016 with the launch of a special “Launch Edition” model that will start at $55,000. Unlike its rivals, Jannarelly revealed that buyers will be able to pay the Design-1’s MSRP in three stages (10 percent at booking, 40 percent when production begins, and the final 50 percent when the car is delivered. This is the first time that we have seen this sales approach, and should help streamline the process for buyers.
The “Launch Edition” will also come nicely equipped and include leather seating, stickier Toyo R888 Proxes tires, a fully plumbed automatic fire extinguisher system, and strategically placed chrome accessories. With the strong momentum that the Design-1 has gained since its initial unveiling, we look forward to seeing how the car will perform on the track, and perhaps have the chance to have some seat time for ourselves to find out whether it has what it takes to stand out from established track day rivals.