The long-gestating JOSS JP1 supercar, an Australian performance project first detailed in 2004, has taken a new step today towards production.
The supercar, which has now been revealed in multiple incarnations with a number of ‘nearly there’ details over the past five years, will now take to the popular crowd-funding model for further development.
In a release today, Joss founder and technical director Matthew Thomas introduced a new Kickstarter campaign, the website which has seen eager early adopters push hundreds of projects to production.
“JOSS has just launched a Crowd Funding event live on the ‘Kickstarter’ website, our aim, to raise the decisive $480,000 needed to complete the engineering details and build of the planned ‘Track Version’ of the JOSS JP1,” Mr Thomas said in a statement.
Thomas says that after nearly 20 years of development and investor discussions, the company now sees crowd-funding, with the support of fans and would-be buyers, as the JOSS supercar’s best shot at a production future.
But while that $480,000 target will get JOSS onto the track, production of a full roadgoing verison will likely require a much greater spend.
The project’s Kickstarter page lists pledge tiers that vary from $10 to $8800 - meaning that no specific amount will get a JOSS into your driveway - and rewards vary from an emailed thanks to a ride in the finished product.
At the time of publishing, the campaign has recorded $6590 in pledges from 63 backers, with 40 days remaining.
As with all Kickstarter projects, the funds will only be released to JOSS if the full $480,000 goal is achieved.
If the campaign is successful, Thomas expects to reveal a final production-ready racing car by the end of next year.
“The JOSS team would also like to encourage everybody to please ‘spread the word’ by mouth, by email, Facebook or Twitter and let everybody know about our funding event,” Thomas said.
“If we have just 48,000 people globally pledge just $10.00 or more, then we will have the ability to supply these beautiful supercars direct to the market.”
Commenting on the JOSS project, Bosch Australia president Gavin Smith said “There is no reason Australia can’t be competitive in supercars”.
“World class capability already exists in automotive design, engineering, development, testing and production. In the wake of decisions to leave Australia by the mass market automobile manufacturers, this is an exciting Australian start-up, with global appeal.”
The JOSS JP1 fundraising campaign is now live at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jossjp1/