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The Retro-Styled Jannarelly Design-1 Is Yours For £86,000

Its styling is influenced by 1960s Le Mans racecars, and it’s available to buy in the UK now. What do you think of it?

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The Retro-Styled Jannarelly Design-1 Is Yours For £86,000 - News

Dubai’s known for its fast cars, but we’re not talking about gold chrome/ sparkly Lamborghinis or the country’s slightly ridiculous police car line-up here. You wouldn’t immediately think of sports car production in Dubai, but the Jannarelly Design-1 might be the car to change that.

The styling is suitably eye-catching, but not in the way you might have expected. With its curvy bodywork, chopped roof and wide rear track, it’s like a hot rod version of a classic Le Mans racer. There are huge gaping vents in the bonnet and a chin spoiler pokes out from under the front bumper, while you could easily mistake the rear end for a classic Ferrari.

The Jannarelly Design-1 was first revealed in 2017, but is now available in the UK
The Jannarelly Design-1 was first revealed in 2017, but is now available in the UK

You can choose for that svelte bodywork to be produced entirely in carbon fibre which, combined with the tubular space-frame chassis, means the car can weigh just 850kg.

With such a light kerbweight, it doesn’t need a huge engine. Under the swooping bonnet you’ll find a 3.7-litre nat-asp V6 borrowed from the Nissan 370Z, producing 321bhp and 274lb ft of torque. The power is shuffled through a six-speed manual gearbox (a manual!) to the rear wheels and, despite no all-wheel-drive or fancy auto ‘box, it can still hit 60mph in under four seconds.

The Retro-Styled Jannarelly Design-1 Is Yours For £86,000 - News

Helping its cause is a limited-slip differential, Pirelli P Zero tyres, lightweight alloy wheels and large vented disc brakes.

You don’t have to have a coupe, as Roadster and Aero body styles are also available. The customisation doesn’t stop there, either; there is a huge amount of personalisation on offer such as carbon-fibre or leather bucket seats, and a range of paint finishes. You can also choose Momo or Nardi steering wheels, plus whether the interior is trimmed in wood, leather or Alcantara.

The Retro-Styled Jannarelly Design-1 Is Yours For £86,000 - News

The Dubai start-up was formed in 2016 by Frederic Juillot (a racing boat builder) and Anthony Jannarelly, who created the design of the multi-million pound Lykan HyperSport. The styling of the Jannarelly Design-1 is said to be a “retro-futuristic tribute” to classic sports cars.

It’s on sale in the UK now, with prices starting from £86,000 - although you can probably push the price up by choosing the carbon-fibre bodywork and other options. It’s best to think of it as a weekend toy, like the Morgan Plus Six or KTM X-Bow.

What do you think of it? Tell us in the comments.