The classic-inspired sportscar benefits from a new expert.
Jannarelly, a boutique sportscar manufacturer that sources inspiration from the original AC Cobra and powers its creation with the engine from a Nissan Z (not the new one, the VQ engine from the 350Z does duty), is kicking its global presence up a level with its latest announcement. The Dubai-based company will officially be getting into a partnership with Manifattura Automobili Torino for the production of its Design-1 and upcoming Design-2 GT.
This announcement is a pleasant one as it will give the small-time manufacturer the platform it needs to reach a more expansive market. Manifattura, based in Turin, Italy, has previously contributed to products such as the Glickenhaus 003, Apollo Intensa Emozione, Aspark Owl, and reborn Lancia Stratos.
Currently, all design and production efforts take place at its facilities in Dubai. In 2020, the niche automaker announced that a North American production facility was on the cards but, much like De Tomaso's recent announcement, this plan seems to have changed. It's understood that Manifattura will be taking production over and sharing a business development program for future products.
Jannarelly has already hinted at the fact that it could expand its product line to an electrified sports car but the only upcoming model that we are aware of is the Design-2 GT, which will incorporate a front-engine rear-drive layout that could be designed with more comfort and daily usability in mind.
The company was founded in 2016 by Anthony Jannarelly who also had a hand in developing the Lykan Hypersport, alongside Frederic Juillot who is better known for his racing boat creations. In 2020, former Singer CEO Alexander Lee was roped into the team to further its market expansion and future product developments.
As noted, the current Jannarelly Design-1 is a lightweight track-focused product that keeps things simple with its naturally aspirated V6 with 321 horsepower and 274 lb-ft of torque. This is mounted in the middle of the chassis and divvies power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. Trims include the Trackday, which is a roadster with a simple windscreen, the Lifestyle, which comes with a more conclusive windshield, and the Touring which has the option of a hardtop cover.