Once upon a time, the crate engines of choice for independent sportscar-makers came from Detroit. But just as the German manufacturers have raised the mantle of the muscle car with such super-sedans as the Mercedes E63 AMG, Audi RS6 and BMW M5, so to have the Germans become the new source for niche automakers. But don't take our word for it: just look to examples like the Mercedes-powered Pagani Zonda, BMW-driven Wiesmann GT, not to mention the Veritas RSIII and the Audi-engined Gumpert Apollo.

The latest to join their ranks? Joss Developments Limited, creators of the eponymous Australian supercar. According to reports from Down Under, Joss has inked a deal with Mercedes-Benz to supply AMG power to the mid-engined exotic. Local off-road specialist Albins will be providing the transaxle. The news of the Mercedes contract apparently replaces the in-house 6.8-liter V8 that was originally part of the plans, and follows reports that Mercedes itself was considering plans to enter the Australian V8 Supercars touring car series.

[Source: CarAdvice]