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Motor Show- Secret Aussie supercar revealed

Check this out from 3.5sec 0-100km/h supercar!!!!

Melbourne motor show to host world unveil of V8 rocket

30 January 2004

A FERRARI-rivalling supercar developed in Australia is set to be unveiled at the Melbourne motor show, which kicks off on February 27.

To be known as the Joss SuperCar, it will be powered by a 6.6-litre all-aluminium V8 engine designed, which like the rest of the car has been developed and produced in Melbourne.

With a power output of around 350kW driving the rear wheels of a car expected to weigh in at around 1100kg, the Joss should be capable of 3.5-second 0-100km/h dash times and 12.5-second quarter miles.

And the car to be shown in Melbourne is a running prototype, not an empty shell. The company has ambitious plans to ramp up and start selling cars locally and internationally within 12 to 18 months.

The Joss SuperCar is the fulfillment of a dream by its creator, Matthew Thomas, a 33-year-old automotive designer from Warragul, Victoria, who has done design work for the Stewart Formula One Team, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Range Rover, Saab and Volvo.

He has had extensive experience as a designer, aerodynamicist and automotive clay modeller, and is currently employed as a modeller for Ford Australia.

Mr Thomas also has a degree in industrial design, majoring in automotive design, from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

He has funded the whole project so far and is now looking for additional investment, although he insists Joss is a goer anyway.

"Itís something I have always wanted to do, I have never thought of not doing it," Mr Thomas said.

"I just canít wait for Australia to have something like this. The amount of time you go to race meetings and see Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche dominate - and thereís no real reason for that, we have all the technology here."

The engine of the Joss is housed in a composite body that includes a full underbody Ďground effectí floorpan that incorporates a front splitter and a rear diffuser. Formula One-style titanium skid plates are also fitted to the underside of the car.

Continuing the aerodynamic theme, the styling has an extremely low frontal area of only 1.8 metres squared, with a specially designed air ducting system that promotes higher rate brake cooling.

The body also has innovative vortex generators built into the lower section of the doors to aid downforce at high speeds.

The Joss has classic supercar specs, with the engine sitting longitudinally behind the two-seat cockpit and driving the rear wheels via a transaxle Ė five-speed in the prototype to be shown in Melbourne but six-speed in the production car. Suspension is via double wishbones all-round.

Mr Thomas said a key to the design was the carís light weight, hence avoiding items like all-wheel drive such as the Lamborghini Murcielago employs.

"A lighter car allows us to run lighter brakes, have less heat come from the brakes, less inertia, better cornering, better tyre wear," Mr Thomas said.

"Itís just a sensible way to go and hopefully we can lighten it off even more."

And the name?

"I didnít want to use an animal name," he said. "It was the name of a miner I read about in a gold mining book and I just like the name, it was short and sharp and in the end we couldnít come up with anything better."

The Joss is the latest in a series of local projects that have been displayed at the Melbourne motor show in recent years.

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Re: Motor Show- Secret Aussie supercar revealed

It's always good to see an Aussie with something to tackle the world market.

It'd be great to know Australia had its own supercars, I only hope that the quality is second-to-none. Sticking it to Ferrari and Lamborghini would be tops!

Looks like the Melbourne Motorshow might be half decent this year.

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Grrr the link didn't work for me...will try a bit later.

By the sound of the article though, it is good to see the aussies are taking it to the big brands.

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Re: Motor Show- Secret Aussie supercar revealed

Seem liek once every few years one fo these comes along. A prototype or two is built, lots of hype then.....


I remember a pretty little smooth looking red car on cover of Moder motor in 80s (name escapes me) and Giocolatto, andasomething from early 80s looked like a lambo.
Bolwells were only people to really makea fist of it, in the end even they had to give it away. (apparently they make play equipment for McDonalds now?) sad really.
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One positive though it the guy works for ford. The more people like that, the more interesting the cars that ford make or have the potential to make.

Good stuff!

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cant see it ever happening...well not enough that the average joe will ever get to own one.
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I thought the HRT427 was supposed to be a "World Class Supercar"

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At least an Aussie Battler is have a go at the big guns. Good on him I say!

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I don't want to say which one otherwise someone else might buy it!
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Any hints on what they *think* the pricing might be ?
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I like the look of the sketch very much! I would love them to make this. I have a good feeling that this will be the one that will break into the supercar scene. A light weigh Aussie to take on the like of Porsche, Ferrari, Lambroghini and TVR.

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