Mike Stevens | May 14, 2010

MICROSOFT and Turn 10 have announced a new downloadable pack for Forza Motorsport 3, at the same time revealing a new codename for the supercar built by Australian outfit Joss, the Joss JT1.

Updates on the progress of the homegrown JT1, known for a long time simply as the 'Joss Supercar', have been few and far between.

Speaking with TMR today, Joss boss Matt Thomas, a former F1 engineer and supercar veteran, said that the JT1 name came about as a result of the public- and media-adopted 'Joss Supercar' name feeling "not quite right".

"Certainly it is a supercar, and at the time we simply named it 'Joss' because it was our sole focus, but over time the 'Joss Supercar' name was picked up in the media and we felt we should give the test car a codename to better set it apart," Mr Thomas said.

"We've been calling it the JT1 for almost a year now, if only to give people something other than 'the Joss Supercar' to latch onto. Of course, JT1 is the codename we've given the test car, and an actual launch name is still being decided."

The last time the Joss crew offered any word on the JT1's future was early last year, when it was confirmed that the 373kW V8-powered supercar was nearing its production debut.

With nearly a year between drinks, Thomas said today that the project is making "excellent progress".

"On a personal level, I dislike it when a promise is made to announce progress by a particular date and it doesn't come. We're now selling shares in the company and we've had an excellent response from interested investors," Mr Thomas told TMR today.

There's only so much we can say on the progress of the car right now, but suffice it to say that the project is moving rapidly and we expect to make an announcement in the coming weeks - certainly in the next one or two months."

With its inclusion in the latest Forza Motorsport 3 pack - the JT1's second appearance in an international video game title, including Project Gotham Racing - the supercar gains a name, and its fans gain a little more insight into what lies ahead.

Other exotics in the downloadable content pack include:

  • 2010 Gumper Apollo S
  • 2010 Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85
  • 2010 SSC Ultimate Aero
  • 2010 Devon GTX
  • 2010 Rossion Q1
  • 2010 Joss JT1
  • 2010 Mosler MT900S
  • 2010 Radical SR8 Supersport
  • 2010 Wiesmann GT MF5
  • 2010 Spada Vetture Sport Codatronca TS
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