Jannarelly readies for Pikes Peak Debut

06-Jun-2018
Racing

On June 24, 2008, the UAE’s first-ever car manufacturer, Jannarelly, will become the first emirates-based enterprise to take part in the USA’s second oldest motorsport event, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, which this year celebrates its 102nd anniversary.

In a truly home-grown endeavour, a specially developed version of Jannarelly’s Design-1 sportscar will feature as the honoured ‘Official Safety Car’; designed, developed and operated by a team co-created with fellow Dubai-based automotive pioneer, PureDrive Automotive, and supported by Pirelli.

Speaking on the joint-venture, Jannarelly Co-Founder, Anthony Jannarelly, said: “Providing the OSC through our partnership with PureDrive is a fantastic introduction to the racing world. Pikes Peak is all about twisty roads and pure thrill, so this is the perfect playground to enjoy the driving experience of our retro-futuristic Design-1. Our goal is to establish a long relationship with PureDrive and PPIHC, learn this year, and start competing in 2019”.

The Design-1 is wrapped within a 1960s-inspired body, and packs 310hp to move a relatively lighweight 810kg. The car apparently offers supercar-style performance whilst the absence of inhibiting electronic aids allows the driver to retain a level of connection missing from many modern driving experiences. Jannarelly's design philosophy enables the car to be mechanically and aesthetically tailored to the exacting requirements of each individual client.

Anthony Jannarelly added: "Our partnership with Pirelli since day one has assisted us in developing the Design-1's handling characteristics. The Design-1 was created for the driving enthusiast and the P-Zero tyre range makes for an excellent partnership for the vehicle."

From the outset, Anthony Jannarelly was adamant that the Design-1's exclusivity should only be reflected in its strictly limited production numbers, not the price. The result means driving enthusiasts can pick up an exclusive Design-1 for AED 220,500 in base spec. Currently, it is still possible to reserve one of the 30 'Launch Edition' vehicles; fans of PPIHC may be more interested however in the 'Pikes Peak Edition', limited to just 10 models for 2018."