It’s like it’s the Sixties again and the British sports car industry is at its peak. Every other week we hear from some new outfit, announcing its establishment by promising a new, fast, exciting, and purely British sports car. The latest is David Brown Automotive, and their car is codenamed “Project Judy”.
Created by British businessman and car enthusiast David Brown, the new car maker has put together a strong team for the production of Project Judy, and promises an April 2014 reveal. The design team is Alan Mobberley, who has been the chief designer at Land Rover for 19 years – not exactly the sort of experience you need to design a sports car, but hey. The engineering work has been given to the Envisage Group.
David Brown seems himself as a British Horacio Pagani, and insists on protecting his vision of what a sports car should be like. So instead of borrowing bits from other car makers, he has commissioned a completely original exterior and interior design. Judy has been thoroughly engineered for low-volume production with bespoke parts sourced from British suppliers.
In describing Judy, DBA says that it “combines a classically-inspired exterior design, with the latest in performance, dynamics, technology, comfort and refinement.” So it’s probably like a British version of the Wiesmann, itself a German take on the classic British sports car.
“I wanted all the impact and style of a classic sports car, but with modern capabilities and conveniences. This is what I want in a car, but it’s not something anyone really offers. So, I’ve created it myself,” sayid David Brown. “I thought that if I’m looking for this, others might be too.”