The Joss JP1 was produced by Joss Developments Limited and was designated Australia’s first supercar. The company was founded by Matthew Thomas, a long time designer who worked for popular companies such as Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Stewart Grand Prix.
A test vehicle, the JT1 was designed, manufactured and released in 2004. At the Adelaide and Sydney Motor Shows, the JP1 received good reviews, launching Joss as a contender in the supercar production market.
The JT1 prototypes were tested for performance using a 6.8-L fuel injected 16V V-8 with 440 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. With a five-speed Porsche G50 manual transmission and only weighing 2,072 pounds, it achieved a 3.0 second 0-62 mph and an 11.7 second quarter mile at 130 mph. The Joss JT1 was also used in the PGR3 and PGR4 Xbox 360 video games as well as Forza Motorsport 3 and 4.
During production, the JP1 received various colors in its development. It has a mid-engine design and with feedback from customers production began in 2013 with plans of 25 per year being produced at a price over $500,000.
The JP1 engine is a DOHC all aluminum, fuel injected V-8 pushing 469 hp and 422 lb-ft of torque. Curb weight was increased from the prototype to 2,315 pounds. The 0-62 time improved to under 3.0 seconds and top speed is estimated to be 211 mph.
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