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2004 Joss JT1 (above).

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7th June, 2010

Australia's future super car maker Joss Developments today announced a partnership with automotive transmission specialist Albins.

Australia’s first dedicated super car company and the gearbox manufacturer have formed an alliance to develop a state-of-the-art gearbox and drive system for the forthcoming Joss production car, internally coded JP1. This technical development programme will produce a number of Australian technology-firsts, including drive-system features never-before seen in an Australian-built car.

Albins has been carefully selected by the Joss engineering team for its capacity to develop and manufacture leading-edge automotive transmissions easily capable of not only withstanding high power and torque levels but also extreme use in heavy-duty applications, such as motor racing. The development and production systems employed by Albins are at the cutting edge of gearbox design and manufacture, resulting in quality levels which see them sought out by many of the world’s most demanding motor racing teams.

“There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes development work carried out by our engineering team and the transmission partnership with Albins is one of several exciting developments that Joss will be announcing over the coming months,” said Joss Developments Limited CEO, Glenn Draffin.

“This transmission will set a new standard and is a key component in Joss’ planned 300 km/h supercar.”

For Albins’ Managing Director, Steve MacDonald, this technical partnership is an ideal match.

“The high technology in the up-coming JP1 is a perfect fit for Albins. We have been following the development of this production super car with great interest.”

“Having been in talks with Joss Developments Limited for some time now, we are naturally proud to finally be able to announce our partnership with this highly organised and professional team.”

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Joss Developments Limited was formed in 1998. Their prototype JT1 super car was first shown at the 2004 Melbourne Motor Show to wide acclaim. The company’s highly skilled team, many of whom have experience in a variety of motor racing championships such as Formula 1™ and V8 Supercars, has worked with companies such as BMW, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, Ford, and Holden Special Vehicles. The company’s two-seat production super car, code-named JOSS JP1, is currently in development. Its technical features are numerous and include a central monocoque made from Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), a mid-mounted engine and a top speed in excess of 300 km/h.

Albins Off Road Gear Pty Ltd has a 25-year history in developing and manufacturing automotive drivetrains for motor sport. It is the largest high-performance transmission manufacturer in the southern hemisphere and uses ISO 9001 2008-certified manufacturing techniques. Its products are currently in use in the Dakar Rally, the Baja 1000, the Australian V8 Supercar championship as well as various European and Australasian Rally Championships.

Although slow coming to market, the Joss JP1 is expected to manage 0-96 km/h in just 3 seconds. The new car is expected to be launched in 2011 at a price higher than that originally envisaged back in 2004.


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