Australia's Joss Developments made it further than some boutique supercar makers having actually produced a test car. However, the auto industry has always been a hard place for start-ups, just look at the failures of even high-profile ventures like Fisker, and Joss eventually succumbed. Or so it seemed. The Aussies are back, and this time they hope to raise the necessary funds to sell their JP1 track car via a Kickstarter campaign. It's certainly an ambitious goal, especially since they are hoping to raise $480,000 Australian dollars ($447,150).

According to the campaign, the point of the Kickstarter "is helping take a company that has built a car, run it as a prototype, learnt from these lessons and now taken the design and engineering one enormous step forward." If successful, the team hopes to build a running version of the JP1 with a mid-mounted, aluminum 5.0-liter V8 pumping out 563 horsepower (420 kilowatts) and 413 lb-ft (560 Newton-meters) to the rear wheels and wrapped in a carbon composite body. Joss promises acceleration to 60 miles per hour in about three seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.

From there, it wants to sell five of them before further developing the JP1 as a small-volume production car for Europe and eventually the world, if it all goes to plan. Because so much of the work is already done thanks to the earlier prototype, Joss thinks it could have the first JP1 ready within about 17 months of the end of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Production versions would cost about 600,000 Australian dollars ($560,000).

So far, though, it's quite slow going. The funding is only at $12,751 with 93 backers and ending on September 30 for those in the US. That's a really long way left to go to get the car built. Scroll down to check out the team's Kickstarter promo video.

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      • 11 Months Ago

      I'm a fan of fast cars as much as the next guy, but what's my motivation to donate? The kickstarter perks are limited to thank yous, vague memberships, and signed posters. 

      It's going to take far more than $500k to move that car from its current state to a homologated, sellable unit.

      /negative nancy

      • 11 Months Ago


      I wouldn't say you're a negative nancy I think that's a pretty accurate statement. Every kickstarter i've done you've gotten something out of it. Like that 100 balloons in 1 minute deal. I put money into that because it'd be a great idea and my nephews would love it, but if you donate enough you get plenty of balloons. If you donate to help keep Joss alive they're not going to do something overly special for you. You're just helping them put money into their pockets by giving them money to go sell this car to someone who's got the money to buy one. I really dont think this will work for them at all.

      • 11 Months Ago

      The world does not need yet another 500-ish hp super car. There are plenty of options for people with $200,000 or more to spend, and there is nothing especially innovative offered by Joss that would  make them choose this over one of the dozens of fine automobiles from Ferrari, Maclaren, Maserati, or others. If there were a reason, Joss wouldn't be in kick starter - they have real customers and investors.

        • 11 Months Ago

        It's also super lightweight and track focused.

      • 11 Months Ago
      • 11 Months Ago

      Kickstarter for a car manufacturer?

      Just give it up now. Before everyone loses big.

      • 11 Months Ago

      Only time I've ever heard of this company is from the Gotham Racing series. Maybe if they were offering something unique they'd get more support, but from what it seems, they just want to be yet another company offering an also-ran in the 650S/458 market. I wish these companies would really stop and think, can we really truly offer a car that's better than what's already available. As in, drive a 650S, drive a 458, analyze their customer/community support and business/production models, and really believe, yeah, we can realistically offer a better driving and ownership experience for a comparable price. 

      • 11 Months Ago

      Hmmm, the world certainly needs a mid-engine, 500+ horsepower, 200 mph car supercar 'cause there aren't any. So...

      • 11 Months Ago

      The JT1 is one of my favourite cars to drive on Forza 4. I hope this little Aussie company can scratch up the dough to make one, and get some orders out there for production. Come one guys, pledge a couple of bucks and share it with your friends. Since when has the world never needed another supercar?