The chaps behind the Joss supercar in Australia are turning to crowdfunding in a last-ditch effort to launch their product. The Joss supercar is but a small slice of the suffering Aussie automotive industry, which could come to a screeching halt altogether. There are still some devotees trying to salvage the supercar section, Joss. Can Australia’s Joss supercar be saved from certain death? The brand is reaching out, turning to crowdsourcing to net the cash it needs to stay alive.
The Joss supercar outfit at a glance, for those of you unfamiliar with the company:
- Joss was founded in 1998 by Matt Thomas. He wanted to build the first Aussie born supercar.
- The vision is powered by a potent 5.0-liter V8 pushing forth 563 horses, or crocodiles or whatever creature is more prevalent in the Outback.
- Power is fed to the rear wheels via a unique gearbox. It is called Zeroshift and is being developed with British Albins firm.
- The Joss supercar body is comprised of durable and lightweight carbon fiber, leaving her to barely tip the scales at 2,200 pounds.
- 412 pound-feet of delicious torque.
- The Joss supercar dazzles in the performance arena, knocking most competitor times completely out of her wake. The 0-60 mile per hour sprint is a blistering 2.8 seconds and her top speed is an estimated 211 MPH. To put that into perspective, most great leading supercars sit around 3.0-3.5 for the sprint and 198 MPH.
- Tragically, without proper investors to fund the project further, the Joss shall disappear an unrealized dream.
It is likely that the reigning supercar companies are not exactly devastated to see a potential competitor struggle. But if anyone is a solid testament to the ability of the underdog to emerge victorious it is Hennessey Performance. Those interested in assisting can seek out the Kickstarter page for them—the goal is to raise close to $500k by October 1st. Good luck, mates!