JOSS JP1 Supercar Begins To Take Shape

Mike Stevens | Aug 3, 2010

Melbourne-based outfit JOSS has today revealed the first of what will likely be many hints at the styling of its upcoming supercar, codenamed JP1.

Following in the footsteps of the JT1 engineering prototype that has for six years been the singular focus of the company's image, this new black-clad clay model brings JOSS closer than ever to realising the dream: Australia's first production supercar.

A 1:1 scale clay model developed both through the advantages of modern engineering and aerodynamics software, and the skill of JOSS Developments' experienced team, the new design is the product of many factors.

“A variety of reasons have determined this overall package of visual features but everything you will see has met all of our primary design goals," Technical Director Matt Thomas said of the new design.

“The car’s all-important aerodynamic and mechanical packaging needs have still allowed us to produce this final design, one which we are certain will impress when it is revealed,” he said.

As the JP1's developers work to finalise the finer details and intricacies of its design, planning is already going into the next stage, which will see the supercar leap from clay to carbon fibre.

“When everything is factored in - from engine positioning to centres of mass and pressure and so on - the car’s personality largely comes from how it looks," Thomas said.

“For me, this is a simple but critical fact.”

Thomas remains tight-lipped on a date for the JP1's unveiling, or with any hints as to its final name (if it won't in fact carry the JP1 name through to production).

One thing is certain, however: the past few months have seen more details released than the entire six years before them, and a few more months of waiting won't kill us. Probably.

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  • 5valvepercylinder
    5 valve per cylinder says,
    5 years ago
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    It will be very underwhelming that's for sure.
  • 668475019
    Jake02 says,
    5 years ago
    Errrr... HOW!?

    I can't wait for this to be released. In all the games I've driven it, it's fabulous! Needs more than 5 gears though...
  • Wheelnut
    Wheelnut says,
    5 years ago
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    The term "Supercar" is thrown way too much by the automotive media.. so much that its virtually lost its real meaning..
    it won't be long before any car that's capable of more than 110Km/h will be called a "Supercar"
    • super matthew
      Super Mattthew says,
      5 years ago
      What the heck Wheelnut, why isn't this a supercar?
      • Wheelnut
        Wheelnut says,
        5 years ago
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        Whilst there is no doubt that with performance figures like that the Joss could be considered a "Supercar". However; a number of other sports cars with far less impressive figures that have also been called Supercars

        Its like calling every car with Power Windows [for example] a "Luxury car" which would include the Corolla or calling every car that has a Turbo a "Performance car" which would include the Daihatsu Copen.. Hope you can see my point

    • super matthew
      Super Mattthew says,
      5 years ago
      This is all of course based on the JT1 prototype, but what's not supercar about these specs?

      0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 3.0s
      0-400 m (quarter mile): 11.9s @ 130 mph (210 km/h)
      Top Speed: 340 kilometres per hour (210 mph) (estimate)
      6.8L all-alloy, fuel injected 16-valve V8
      5 speed manual (Porsche G50), triple plate clutch
      350 kW (476 PS; 469 bhp) @ 5750 rpm
      650 N·m (480 lb·ft) @ 2800 rpm
      Composite aluminum and honeycomb steel space frame
      Wheelbase: 2,560 mm (100.8 in)
      [edit]Body Specs
      Length: 4,150 mm (163.4 in)
      Width: 1,860 mm (73.2 in)
      Height: 1,050 mm (41.3 in)
      Total Kerb Weight: 940 kg (2,072 lb)
      Construction: Composite carbon fibre, kevlar, GRP, Honeycomb
  • Howdy says,
    5 years ago
    I would not want to be an investor.
    In what way will it be special?
    In what way will it beat the Euros/Yanks
    I really hope I am wrong.... but?
  • DM says,
    5 years ago
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    Howdy... i cant imagine the dynamics will be anything but awesome, BUT.... seriously, why would I buy one over a Noble, Zonda, Lambo, Ferrari, SSC, Dagger GT, etc, etc. Is it better looking, faster, more agile, cheaper? Tell me what makes the Joss special other than it being made in Australia.
  • super matthew
    Super Mattthew says,
    5 years ago
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    Why not just wait until they launch it before y'all go casting aspersions about the thing, haha.

    The fact that it's Australian-developed is a VERY big part of the appeal to me (regardless of where many of its suppliers might be based), but yes, OF COURSE that's not a good enough reason on its own to choose the JP1 over all other options.

    Nobody knows any more than what JOSS has revealed so far, so let's not get carried away with our opinion-slinging, eh? Fight your nature, folks.