It’s been five years in the making so far and some may have thought it would never happen, but according to the people behind the home-grown Joss Supercar, the mid-engine Ferrari and Lamborghini challenger is very close indeed.
The company says that the first Australian built mid-engine sports car is gearing up to roll out, as interest from buyers and investors increases ahead of its production car development phase.
The Joss Supercar will sell for close to $600,000 with production expected to take place in Victoria.
The Joss Supercar, created by industrial designer and automotive modeler Matt Thomas, was first revealed to the market five years ago, and since then his international team has been refining the car and the company’s business model.
Joss says its Supercar has been designed for general road use and will compete against elite marques such as the Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Murcielago and the Porsche Carrera GT, with superior performance and a smaller price tag.
Its impressive statistics including a 2.98 second acceleration time from zero to 100km, and an as yet undisclosed, high-tech V8 engine that will generate more than 370kW and give the Joss a top speed in excess of 340km/h.
Mr Thomas says it’s a long-term dream that he can see finally coming to full fruition.
“I’m passionate about what I’ve created and have gathered a first-class team with the necessary experience to help get the car into full production,” Mr Thomas says.
“We have been refining the mechanics of the business model and the car and are now satisfied that we have the right product and systems in place to move forward.
“This is now not just about producing an Australian first and world-class supercar, but ensuring the business is resourced adequately to meet pent-up production demand.”
Mr Thomas recently restructured his business into an unlisted private company to take advantage of increasing investor interest. The company already has 10 confirmed orders and dozens more expressions of interest.
“The supercar industry worldwide is a significant business, with some buyers willing to part with well over $1 million to secure the latest and fastest performance vehicles,” Mr Thomas says.
“From a business point of view we are providing a super prestige vehicle which will rattle the supercar industry, outperforming most others in its class but with sharper performance and at a fraction of the cost.
“The interest generated form potential buyers through our trials and previews over the past few years has been phenomenal and we expect our initial annual production of 25 to be snapped up very quickly.”
The car’s popularity has even seen it featured as a racing option on Microsoft’s XBOX games Project Gotham Racing 3 and 4.
Mr Thomas has extensive experience in the automotive design industry including aerodynamic work with the Stewart Grand Prix Formula One team (prior to being bought by Jaguar), design and clay modeling for prestige European manufacturers including Aston Martin, Bentley and BMW, and clay modeling for Ford and HSV in Australia.
The company is also aiming to engage the Joss Supercar in racing.
“Our belief is that any strong brand must be heavily involved in competition and this is why we are aiming our sites on GT racing as a spring board to races such as Le Mans,” Mr Thomas says.
“Currently we are in talks with an established racing team with a proven track record to help realise this goal.
“All these factors are strategically designed to take on the big guns of the industry and to establish Australia as a serious supercar design and manufacturing hub.”
For more information visit the Joss website www.joss.com.au