French-Emirati automaker Jannarelly Automotive has joined forces with specialist manufacturer Manifattura Automobili Torino (M.A.T.) to develop and produce its forthcoming models.
The first joint project will be the Design-2, a GT coupe follow-up to Janarelly Design-1 roadster that will mark the firm’s first entry into the restomod market.
Turin-based M.A.T. was formed by Paolo Garella, the former head of Pininfarina’s special projects division, and specialises in one-off concepts and limited series production runs. It has previously worked on the Apollo Intensa Emozione and Glickenhaus SCG003 hypercars, and 1985bhp Aspark Owl EV. It is also responsible for the reborn Stratos.
The firm will now take over production of the Design-1, a “retro-futuristic” mid-engined, naturally-aspirated V6 sports car with 325bhp that is currently built in Janarelly’s Dubai workshop. When we drove it in 2020, we said it was “great looking, drives really well, sounds utterly ridiculous and puts you in touch with the simple, delightful business of driving.”
Under the new partnership, the two companies are set to build a shared business development plan, connecting M.A.T.’s Turin factory with Jannarelly’s teams in Dubai and Los Angeles, with a focus on new vehicle opportunities including electrification.
“We founded the company in our small workshop in Dubai just five years ago,” Jannarelly Automotive co-founder Anthony Jannarelly said. “This new collaboration represents a unique opportunity to combine and magnify our respective strengths to build some truly unique sports cars.”
“We were deeply impressed by the Jannarelly team and their wonderful Design-1 roadster,” M.A.T. founder and CEO Paolo Garella added. “At a time when sports cars are becoming increasingly reliant on computers, sensors and software, we as enthusiasts fully appreciate the back-to-basics approach that Jannarelly took to build a pure driver’s car.”
Jannarelly plans to announce more details of the forthcoming Design-2 in the coming months.