With a background that includes the $3.4 million W Motors Lykan Hypersport, French designer Anthony Jannarelly is looked to as an innovator with a lot to offer. Now that he’s producing his own cars, there’s plenty of excitement, and Jannerelly delivers with the Design-1 sports car.
The cars that come out of the Jannerelly shop are all hand-made and offer plenty of ways that they can be customized, including aerodynamic aids and a hard-top roof. All of the cars are built on a bespoke tubular chassis that is made out of steel and aluminum. The body is a mix of fiberglass and carbon fiber. When it comes to looks, there’s a clear influence. “The Design-1 is inspired by the timeless cars of the 60s,” says Jannerelly, “set out to unify design from yesterday with technology from today. This is a term we at Jannarelly call ‘Retro-futuristic.’” The interior of the car was designed with just one thing in mind—the driver. While there is plenty of luxury—the majority of the interior is done in high-quality leather and carbon fiber—the entire point is functionality. All the control switches are within close reach, and the steering and pedals are all tuned to give the driver maximum feedback. The instrument panel provides ample details on how the car is performing. All in all, driving the Design-1 has a “tactile and robust feel.”
The Design-1 makes use of an award-winning 3.5-liter V6 engine that comes out of Nissan. It is married to either a manual or automatic transmission. The combination lays down 325 horsepower and 371 Newtons of torque, which makes the car achieve 60 miles per hour from 0 in just 4.0 seconds with a top speed of approximately 135 miles per hour. The car is set on a double-wishbone suspension in both the front and rear with Inboard Nitron adjustable coil-over dampers in the front and Outboard Nitron adjustable coil-over dampers in the back.
Jannarelly successfully melds the past and present into a stylish and attractive sports car that has the power to provide the performance you’re looking for.