Howto keepupwith Jones
The F1 ace has a new expensive toy for the big boys
FORMER Aussie F1 champion Alan Jones is back on the grid steering a new car. Jones says his sleek Ferrari-esque sportscar will start production ‘‘after Christmas’’ and cost about $250,000.
He trucked the AJ-F1 Fusion prototype to Perth for the inaugural Festival of Speed to show it off to Mark Webber and 20,000 visitors.
It’s a ‘‘ Lambo-rarri’’ with a bit of Koenigsegg and stands just above 1m.
But Jones says the production car will have some changes.
‘‘It will have different headlights and a higher roof,’’ he says, running his hand across the red car’s roofline. The prototype has four headlights arranged in pairs.
‘‘There will be a transparent cover for the engine. Oh, and the engine will change.’’
The crowd-grabber at Wanneroo Raceway has a Lexus V8 which Jones says ‘‘is just to move it’’.
The real car will get a substantial replacement with Jones looking at the Chev LS9 supercharged engine for 480kW (644hp) and 820Nm.
The mid-mount engine drives a seven-speed, three-mode dual-clutch transmission. ‘‘It will do 0-100km/h in three seconds,’’ he says.
The Fusion will be offered with two other versions of the 6.2-litre V8 — one rated at 320kW/575Nm and the other at 358kW/644Nm. Both will be mated to six-speed manual gearboxes.
The shell is made of carbon Kevlar coated with a resin gel resistant to high temperatures.
The prototype is 4170mm long, 2150mm wide and 1018mm high. It weighs 1220kg.
‘‘There’s been a lot of work put into this,’’ he says. ‘‘My input is mainly suspension and handling.’’
Jones says it meets some ADRs but his planned limited production means it slides under the more stringent regulations of high-volume vehicles.
‘‘It allows us to make 25 a year for sale in Australia and 75 for export,’’ he says. ‘‘The car has been designed to satisfy the criteria of price, finish, style and performance.’’
He says he has keen interest and will start production on the Gold Coast under his Alan Jones Signature Vehicles label.
Crowd-pleaser: the new car from Alan Jones, the last Australian to win the Formula One World Championships (in 1980) and only one of two Australians to ever win the championship (the other was Jack Brabham).