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The Aussie Supercar: Joss JP1

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On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 3:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Aussie Supercar: Joss JP1

Supercars just seem to be coming from every corner and crevice of the globe lately. An Australian supercar isn't nearly as surprising a development as a Polish supercar, but it does add one more nationality to the supercar ranks.

Melbourne-based Joss announced plans to introduce the latest prototype of its 500-hp JP1 supercar, along with a computer generation of the production model, at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in July.

Now I bet you're thinking: "500 horsepower? That's not a supercar. A healthy sports car—maybe, but not a supercar." I thought the same thing when reading about the output of the V-8 engine. But what brings it from sporty to super is its 2,200-lb. curb weight—that's about as light as the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento concept, a concept so stripped down that Lambo can't even fathom offering a road-legal version. Joss achieves this minimal number with a honeycomb composite sub-frame and carbon fiber body.

So, the JP1 is extremely light and its numbers are supercar-like because of it: less than 3 seconds to 62 mph and 211 mph top speed. Not that fuel efficiency is a big concern of supercar fans, but it should be relatively efficient compared to other cars with those kinds of numbers.

Joss originally introduced the car way back in 2004, and while it isn't quite ready for production, it appears to be close. The company will have a virtual computer-generated version of the final model on display next to the in-the-flesh prototype.

The JP1 will come with a six-speed manual transmission and will carry a rumored price tag around $455,000.

The Australian Motor Show gets underway on July 1 and runs through July 10.

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