Introducing the Juliani Veela, a New Italian Supercar
The European car market isn’t doing so great, showing sluggish sales last year, despite a swarm of exciting new cars being launched. But car designers aren’t realists that think in terms of finances, instead opting to ignore their love life for a chance to build the car of their dreams. One such dream car is the Juliani Veela, the brainchild of Italian Juliani Automobili. The custom-built model is underpinned by a steel spaceframe chassis with honeycomb composite panels and integral roll-bar, while the lightweight composite body is bonded with high strength epoxy.
According to the official specifications that were released recently, the Veela offers the same layout as a traditional sportscar. That means there is a big V8 engine up front that sends its power to the rear axle via a six-speed manual gearbox. The coupe-ish look of the roof hides a 2+2 configuration, meaning that there is just about enough room in the back to squeeze in children or some very thin girlfriends.
The Juliani Veela measures 4550mm (179 inches) in length, 1920mm (75 inches) in width, 1240mm (48 inches) in height and the wheelbase is 2620mm (103 inches). The 520 liter trunk capacity could prove to be very useful on longer journeys. The Veela also features an independent front and rear suspension, with anti-roll bars for both axles, and adjustable dampers.
Under that pretty-looking front end lies a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 520 hp. That might not sound like a scary amount of power, but with a weight of just 1160kg this car has a power-to-weight ratio of 448hp/ton.
According to Juliani Automobili, the model deals with the standard sprint in just 3.4 seconds, while also reaching 160 km/h (99 mph) in 7.6 seconds. Meanwhile, the top speed is rated at 310 km/h (192 mph). In order to stop from those high speeds, a set of Brembo brakes (355mm discs on the front and 330mm on the rear) have been fitted as standard.