The car will be built by Alan Jones Signature Vehicles with a fourth business partner, New Zealand businessman Tony Richards. And Wilson says they are considering a public float.
The car has been shown at the Gold Coast V8 Supercars event and the inaugural Festival of Speed in Perth last month, and will be on display at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in March.
Jones says he has tested the car on road and track and had ‘‘input into everything’’ including suspension, design, fit-out and powertrain. But he admits there is still a lot of work to do.
‘‘For a start the roof needs to be higher so you sit up a bit more,’’ he says.
‘‘I have to admit, it’s not an easy car to get in and out of.’’
Jones says they will also investigate alternative powertrains, including a two-litre twin turbo, electric motor, hydrogen and even a magnetic engine being developed on the Gold Coast.
Carsguide was privileged to have a short drive in the prototype, but Jones stressed that the vehicle had teething problems and was only a preproduction model with the wrong engine.
Like other concept cars, prototypes and pre-production vehicles that I have seen at motor shows and driven, the vehicle doesn’t stand close scrutiny.
The trim is slightly rough, the noise dampening is limited and it feels unfinished.
But it still feels like a purpose-built machine destined for production, even in limited handbuilt numbers.
Barnett says there is an oil leak problem and we are limited in revs on the short drive, but the clutch feels light, the gearshift positive and the steering light and responsive for such a high-powered, low-slung supercar with wide tyres.
It seems to deliver on Jones’s intention that the AJF1 is a supercar you can use every day.
But he’s also right about the roof. It’s too low, making it almost painful getting in and out. Once inside, the seats are raked back too far, yet your head still scrapes the ceiling.
While there is sparse noise dampening material inside, the glorious roar of the V8 just behind your head is delightful and there is only a slight rumble in the seat.
Suspension feels stiff and although there is 140mm of clearance, we take it cautiously slow over the speed bumps.
With limited revs it is difficult to vouch for its performance, besides the engine will be replaced.
However, Jones says it is ‘‘ almost certain’’ that the car will have some motorsport involvement. Dimensions (mm): 4170 (l), 2150 (w), 1030 (h) Wet weight: 1220kg