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• Manifattura Automobili Torino (M.A.T.) is a boutique car manufacturer, which focuses on the development and production of high-performance sports cars and special projects. M.A.T. was founded by Paolo Garella, the former head of Pininfarina’s special projects division. M.A.T.’s vehicle development programs have included the Aspark Owl electric hypercar, New Stratos, Glickenhaus SCG003, and Apollo Intensa Emozione.
• Jannarelly Automotive is an automotive brand, founded by Anthony Jannarelly and Frederic Juillot, which produces the critically acclaimed ‘retro-futuristic’ Design-1 roadster.
• M.A.T. and Jannarelly have entered into a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on automotive design, engineering, and production projects.
• M.A.T. will take over production of Jannarelly cars at its ISO-certified facility in Torino, Italy.
• In addition, M.A.T. and Jannarelly have agreed to pursue other areas of strategic collaboration, including bespoke projects and vehicle electrification.

Torino, Italy and Dubai, U.A.E. – 13 January 2022 – Manifattura Automobili Torino, a boutique car manufacturer, and Jannarelly Automotive, a designer and developer of ultralight sports cars, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on automotive design, engineering and production projects.

The two businesses will kick-off their collaboration by transferring production of Jannarelly’s Design-1 from Jannarelly’s workshop in Dubai, U.A.E. to M.A.T.’s ISO-certified facility in Torino, Italy. M.A.T. will apply its expertise to build the Design-1 for a global market. Weighing just 1,786 pounds, the 325 horsepower Jannarelly Design-1 is a true back-to-basics sports car, which rewards its drivers with a thoroughly engaging and visceral driving experience.

In addition, the companies have agreed to commence work on the development of Jannarelly’s next car, the Design-2 GT coupe, which will mark Jannarelly’s entry into the rapidly growing ‘restomod’ market. Further details regarding the Design-2 will be made available in the coming months.

Alongside this new development and production agreement, both companies will build a shared business development team. This will connect M.A.T.’s centre of excellence in Torino, with Jannarelly’s teams in Dubai and Los Angeles, to capitalise on new opportunities, including in vehicle electrification.

Paolo Garella, M.A.T.’s founder and CEO, said of Jannarelly Automotive: “We were deeply impressed by the Jannarelly team and their wonderful Design-1 roadster. 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. We look forward to starting production of Jannarelly’s Design-1 and are very excited to be developing new products with them, such as their GT coupe, the Design-2.”

Alexander Lee, CEO of Jannarelly Automotive, said of M.A.T.: “We are truly honoured to be entering into this strategic partnership with M.A.T. We cannot think of a better partner than Paolo and his incredibly experienced team to help us develop and build our cars. Simply put, M.A.T. will add significant value to our company’s efforts, and they will play an essential role in our growth.”

Anthony Jannarelly, co-founder of Jannarelly Automotive, added: “We founded the company in our small workshop in Dubai just five years ago. To have the opportunity now to build our cars in Torino with M.A.T. is a definitive milestone for our young company. This new collaboration represents a unique opportunity to combine and magnify our respective strengths to build some truly unique sports cars.”



Jannarelly Automotive was founded in 2016 by automotive and product designer, Anthony Jannarelly, and racing boat builder, Frederic Juillot.The Jannarelly Design-1, which was originally designed by Anthony Jannarelly as a one-off car for himself, is a ‘retro-futuristic’ tribute to sports cars of the ‘50s, ‘60s and‘70s. At a time when cars have become larger, heavier and more complicated, the Jannarelly Design-1 provides a back-to-basics sports car, providing a decidedly analogue, unfiltered driving experience.

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Anthony Jannarelly

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Frederic Juillot

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Alexander Lee



Anthony Jannarelly is a car designer who styled the supercars for W Motors, the Lykan and the Fenyr Supersport. He also designed the upgraded off-road Zarooq Sand Racer, for which he joined forces with Frederic Juillot, car lover, custom boat manufacturer and expert in composite materials. In 2015, they partnered to create the new brand Jannarelly focused on automotive emotions.

Passionate owners of a Caterham and a Donkervoort, they show an admiration for simple cars with a strong personality and for the 60’s-era motoring ingenuity and lifestyle.

In 2019, Alexander Lee joined the passionate team and was appointed CEO. As the former CEO of Singer Vehicle Design, Alexander Lee, brings considerable
experience as an entrepreneurial chief executive to Jannarelly Automotive. With
more than 20 years’ leadership experience in the automotive and technology


August 2015

Anthony starts to design a one-off car for himself: A ‘retro-futuristic’ tribute to sports cars of the ‘50s, ‘60s and‘70s. At a time when cars have become larger, heavier and more complicated.

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First prototype built in-house


First Design-1

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Assembly Line factory Jannarelly 2 copy.


Handmade production



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Sometime in the future

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