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Jowett Jupiter

Jowett Jupiter

It might look like an old relic today, but the Jowett Jupiter was a technological tour de force when it debuted in 1950. With a tubular spaceframe chassis and alloy panels bolted to a framework of smaller steel tubes, it employed build traits that are common in the most advanced sports cars of today. It's no surprise, then, that when the tiny British maker entered the Le Mans 24 hour race for the first time in 1950, the Jupiter went home with an emphatic class victory. Power came from the characterful flat-four engine of the Jowett Javelin saloon, meaning the Jupiter could also enjoy a lively power delivery with the added advantage of a low center of gravity. Even today, the Jupiter is a responsive and rewarding car to drive. Production lasted for only four years. A few examples were even built with a plastic laminate body.

Jowett Jupiter Specifications

Top speed:84 mph (134 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):16.8 sec
Engine type:flat-four
Displacement:91 ci (1,485 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:60 bhp (45 kW) at 4,500 rpm
Max torque:84 lb ft (114 Nm) at 3,000 rpm
Weight:2,121 lb (954 kg)
Economy:20 mpg (7.1 km/I)

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