It’s rather strange actually. Jannarelly first introduced the hardtop Design 1 last year but hasn’t said much about the details on how anyone could possibly get in and out of the car without hitting his head first.
Unlike the typical roadster where the top either stays in place or folds all the way to the back, the UAE-based startup firm has cleverly designed the Design 1’s hardtop in such a way that it tilts forward.
At first, it seems a little strange but Jannarelly wouldn’t have done it in the first place if it will only complicate the matter. Judging from the way it looks, it would be difficult to get inside the low-slung vehicle unless you have to remove the hardtop altogether. But that would be a hassle, don’t you think?
Good thing, the designers thought of a smart way to install the panels by placing hinges at the front so that it stays up whenever the passenger needs to get in. Perhaps the best way to describe it is to think of a fighter jet. After boarding the roadster, or should we say the fighter jet, the roof top mounts perfectly back in place. Okay, but we have to thank the latching points at the rear for that.
If the passenger wants to experience the drive sans the hard top, there’s no need to worry. The hard top can be taken off from the hinges at any moment without a hitch. This will come useful especially during summer since there is no other way to open the windows when the cabin gets too warm.
French designer Anthony Jannarelly himself has designed the roadster’s sexy shape and had used a mix of aluminum, steel, fibre glass and carbon fiber materials. Given that, Jannarelly’s Design 1 is actually more affordable than any other roadster in the market. Considering that it is already equipped with a 304 hp, 3.5 liter V6 mid-mounted Nissan engine, the sports car would only cost you around 55,000 USD. That’s quite a steal. Other optional features such as the glass windshield or the air con unit are sold separately.
Jannarelly will be distributed exclusively by VanDouble Enterprises in the US while the orders can be placed via its website at www.jannarellyusa.com. Since June of the previous year, the Dubai-based automaker has already taken 20 orders of the roadster. It is currently available in France and Dubai but the Design1 is also expected to arrive in the US towards the end of the year.