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Joss JP1 Supercar Gets A Little More Official

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On: Sat, Jul 9, 2011 at 9:42AM | By: Chris Weiss

Joss JP1 Supercar Gets A Little More Official

One day, if I ever became incredibly rich, I'm going to take a supercar tour of the world. It seems like every major country has a supercar these days, and it would be fun to test them one by one to see which nationality offers the best combination of power, speed, handling, engineering, design, comfort, etc. Then I'd purchase my self-tested winner (or maybe winners) and have it shipped back here to my massive garage in the U.S.

That tour will soon have to include a stop down under, because he Joss JP1 (aka Australia's supercar) is moving closer to production. A prototype version was recently shown at the Australian International Motor Show.

Still in the development stages, the Joss JP1 was displayed as a prototype and series of computer renderings. Those renderings show a supercar that's anything but "ground-breaking", looking about like the generic image that the word "supercar" conjures in the mind. On the plus side, it's evolved a little from the previous version we've seen, and elements like the hockey-stick headlights and mesh grille give it more of a distinctive look than it had before.

Like many a supercar, the JP1 isn't about pretty looks anyway; it's all about big numbers. The car is powered by a 500-hp 6.6-liter aluminum V-8 that sounds pretty small until you realize that the car weighs about a thousand kilograms (2,200 lbs.). With that little weight, the 500 horses push the car to 60 mph in less than three seconds and on up to around 224 mph. Or at least that's what the company is claiming at the moment. That top speed is well over the 211 mph that was quoted in the past and puts the car right up there with other worldly supercar competitors like the Gumpert Apollo.

The JP1 features a carbon fiber and aluminum chassis and an Albins Zeroshift Automated Manual Transmission, a gearbox that is both lightweight and fast-shifting.

For now, word is that Joss plans to build about 25 models, each with a $500,000 price tag. It hasn't indicated exactly when production might start, though.

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dwalter | 1:39PM (Tue, Jul 12, 2011)

it's not a very unique-looking supercar but the (potential) numbers are impressive

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