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UAE sportscar maker eyes racing debut in 2019

Jannarelly says Design-1 car will act as official safety car at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race next weekend

UAE sportscar maker eyes racing debut in 2019

Jannarelly, the UAE’s first car manufacturer, has announced plans to take part in the second oldest motorsport event in the United States later this month.

The company will tackle the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) in Colorado on June 24 and will enter a specially developed version of its Design-1 sportscar to feature as the Official Safety Car.

It added that it plans to start competing with the car in 2019.

The car has been designed, developed and operated by a team co-created with fellow Dubai-based automotive pioneer, PureDrive Automotive, and supported by Pirelli, a statement said.

Jannarelly co-founder, Anthony Jannarelly, said: "Providing the safety car 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."

Packing 310BHP and weighing only 810kg in standard guise, the car offers supercar-style performance, the statement added.

Driving enthusiasts can pick up an exclusive Design-1 for AED220,500 in basic spec. Currently, it is still possible to reserve one of the 30 Launch Edition vehicles.

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