Project 1221



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November 13, 2007

During the last few years that we have been pursuing the goal to create and to market a turbine road car, we have had the opportunity to assess for ourselves the objective facts as well as the "myths", the "legends" and the "conspiracy" theories that are linked with the so far failed application of the gas turbine engine in automotive production.

Be what it may, we eventually came to the conclusion that unless we produced our own Project 1221 gas turbine technology we would not succeed in our endeavour. So, that is exactly what we did, although it definitely was not in our original intentions to "complicate" our lives to such an extent.

Indeed, we joined forces with some of the brightest minds in the industry and given that we started from scratch, approximately twenty months ago, we sensibly took as well into account the option of integrating gas turbine technology with hybrid/electric technology.

The result is an innovative line of extremely light and compact powerplants that are suitable for multiple applications and combine typical gas turbine performance, reliability and multi-fuel capability with zero-emission and plug-in capability, if so desired.

Whatsmore, it is our intention not just to adopt these powerplants ourselves but to commercialize them as well, as soon as possible.

At the same time we thoroughly developed a versatile chassis concept, which integrates composite elements to an aluminium space-frame, with non-structural body panels.

Although we did consider introducing a conventionally powered car as an interim model before the turbine car(s) and we did study a couple of fascinating multi-cylinder propositions, the pleasing rate of progress of our own gas turbine engines eventually suggested that, at least for the time being, we concentrate on the turbine "identity".

Nevertheless, we would be happy to examine, at any time, prospects concerning the adoption of our virtually market-ready 2-seat (swb) or 2+2-seat (lwb) rolling chassis in combination with the drivetrains and the designs of other manufacturers for the joint production of high-quality vehicles, under brands other than Project 1221.

Last, but not least, we take this opportunity to announce our new parallel activity, Domain 1221.

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January 11, 2007

Project 1221 has been operating sub rosa since the spring of 2001.

During approximately the past five years a great amount of independently financed work has been carried out by Project 1221 itself, concerning the in-house development of several design and engineering concepts of gas turbine-powered vehicles.

Evolutionary clay-model
Evolutionary clay-model

In the immediate future Project 1221 may as well outsource relevant design, engineering and manufacturing activity and/or acquire technological know-how and/or form alliances, as this will be deemed appropriate, in order to attain its set industrial and commercial objectives and to expand its scope, notably to pursue zero-emission capability.

At the same time Project 1221 may develop and market under a separate brand motorcars powered by reciprocating engines - not gas turbines.

In fact, given that the "vehicle part" of our endeavour has progressed more rapidly than the "gas turbine part", we took the opportunity to extract certain elements in order to create and produce a quite more affordable - yet sophisticated - conventionally powered sportscar.

That should keep us busy while we wait for our production gas turbine engines and it could also generate some revenue soon, which would be quite welcome after such a long spell of absolute disbursement.

More details will be disclosed in early 2007

March 1, 2006

Project 1221 remains determined to succeed in its quest for the introduction to the market of a complete range of gas turbine-powered vehicles, craft and aircraft.

After almost four years of silent work the public announcement in December 2004 of our intention to introduce a turbine-powered supercar enabled us to eventually gauge the disposition of the public towards this unconventional proposition and also to bring to the forefront gas turbine technology in general.

Media coverage has been marginal (perhaps an indication that we must be doing something "right") yet interest from potential clients has been encouragingly high.

As well, during the last year or so, we went through various engine solutions ranging from twin 500 hp turbines to a single 1 200 hp turbine and then to an even larger 1 500 hp turbine.

Each successive engine solution inevitably entailed modifications to the layout of the vehicle, potentially affecting its "character". For better or for worse the availability of a suitable gas turbine engine (or lack thereof') has indeed conditioned our progress since the very beginning of this venture, back in 2001.

Although performance has never been an issue and even if this continuous development was both instructive and useful, probably along the way we have somehow distanced ourselves from our primary concept.

Therefore, independently from the already announced MF1 pair of supercars (dueposti and treposti), during the last months a parallel project has been under development as well.

This project concerns a remarkably light, compact, agile and relatively more accessible model, the Aellopous, which due to both its power and its extremely low weight will dispense nothing less than landmark performance.

Aellopous evo clay model
Aellopous evolutionary clay-model

Ample luggage capacity, extra-long travel range, selectable left-hand and right-hand drive and optional armoured protection will also feature in the Aellopous as these are considered essential characteristics for all Project 1221 vehicles.

Incidentally, the Aellopous will be road-legal worldwide and could as well reach the market earlier than originally anticipated for the MF1. More details will follow.

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October 8, 2005

As a result of the positive feedback from prospective clients it has been decided to also offer the option of all-wheel-drive for the MF1 two-seater model and conversely to offer the option of rear-wheel-drive for the MF1 three-seater model.

Therefore, the MF1 range now consists of one three-seater (treposti) and one two-seater (dueposti) model, each available with either awd or rwd:

MF1 treposti
1 500 hp
430+ km/h _ 270+ mph
1 kg/hp _ 1 000 hp/ton or better
rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive
selectable left-hand and right-hand drive
optional armoured protection
€675 000
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MF1 dueposti
1 500 hp
430+ km/h _ 270+ mph
1 kg/hp _ 1 000 hp/ton or better
rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive
selectable left-hand and right-hand drive
€675 000
MF1_dueposti
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Far from being a simple marketing operation this decision entails the re-engineering of the coupling of the gas turbine engine and its transmission with the differential(s) and is accompanied by modifications to the overall "packaging". Incidentally, the already considerable capacity of the fuel tank is now further increased.

In fact, it is reminded that in order to maintain reasonably compact dimensions the two MF1 models share the same wheelbase and although they do have a similar mid-engine configuration their mechanical layout is inevitably different.

A weight advantage is obviously anticipated for the rwd versions of both the treposti and the dueposti vis-a-vis the awd versions of either the treposti or the dueposti. By the way, all four permutations of the two MF1 models are logically expected to improve on our originally set target of 1 kg/hp - 1 000 hp/ton.

Overall production is always set at 199 units comprising all MF1 models and permutations, without any predetermined limit for each one of them.

The price for the MF1 is set at €675 000, regardless of the choice of model and permutation. A provisional allocation of chassis numbers has been in effect since last February, when we received our first order.

After the public unveiling of the cars and their specification, a 20% deposit will be required in order to secure a final chassis number / delivery position. First deliveries are scheduled for 2008. Six months prior to the exact date of delivery a further 60% payment will be required, with the final 20% due upon delivery.

Final chassis numbers and delivery contracts are freely transferable at any stage yet all amounts are non-refundable for any reason other than the improbable non-delivery of a car by Project 1221.

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September 20 , 2005

MF1
rear-wheel-drive 2-seater
1 500 hp _ 430+ km/h - 270+ mph _ 1 kg/hp - 1 000 hp/ton
selectable left-hand and right-hand drive
€575 000 until September 30, 2005 _ €675 000 after October 1, 2005


MF1-rwd-2-seater

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Reproduction permitted strictly for information purposes

The second of the two prospected MF1 distinct models is the rwd 2-seater. Although it shares a certain unmistakeable aura with the awd 3-seater, its styling is unique inside and out.

The rwd 2-seater has the same wheelbase as the awd 3-seater. Also in this case the Williams gas turbine engine is mid-mounted, although the mechanical layout is different.

A weight advantage is obviously anticipated for the rwd 2-seater vis-a-vis the awd 3-seater, therefore its power/weight ratio is inevitably even more extraordinary. Indeed both models should improve on our originally set target of 1 kg/hp - 1 000 hp/ton, since the available power is now increased to 1 500 hp.

As it has already been announced, 10 more days are now left for prospective clients to reserve their provisional chassis number before the regular price of €675 000 is put into effect.

After the complete unveiling of the cars and their specification, a 20% deposit will be required in order to secure a final chassis number / delivery position. First deliveries are scheduled for 2008. Six months prior to the exact date of delivery a further 60% payment will be required, with the final 20% due upon delivery.

Final chassis numbers and delivery contracts are freely transferable at any stage yet all amounts are non-refundable for any reason other than the improbable non-delivery of a car by Project 1221.

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September 3 , 2005

MF1
all-wheel-drive 3-seater
1 500 hp _ 430+ km/h - 270+ mph _ 1 kg/hp - 1 000 hp/ton
selectable left-hand and right-hand drive
optional armoured protection
€575 000 until September 30, 2005 _ €675 000 after October 1, 2005

MF1-awd-3-s

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One of the two prospected MF1 distinct models, the awd 3-seater essentially conserves the styling of the original MF1 awd 2-seater concept. A higher than originally designed upper back enables the comfortable accommodation of an additional adult passenger in the rear, in a 2+1 configuration.

In order to maintain the same wheelbase as well as reasonably compact dimensions for both MF1 models, the mechanical layout is inevitably different between the awd 3-seater and the rwd 2-seater. The Williams gas turbine engine is mid-mounted in any case.

With less than a "happy month" left before the regular price of €675 000 is put into effect and with our set production-launching target of orders well in sight, prospective clients are invited to reserve their provisional chassis number.

In particular we are looking forward to welcoming a first female client to the otherwise male-dominated select group of future MF1 drivers. Extreme performance usually attracts the boys and is of relative interest to the girls but in this case the huge power reserve is exceptionally combined with comfort, smoothness and an interior ambience of rare elegance, not to mention everyday practicality and carefree reliability.

After the unveiling of a complete image of the cars and their specification, a 20% deposit will be required in order to secure a final chassis number / delivery position. First deliveries are scheduled for 2008. Six months prior to the exact date of delivery a further 60% payment will be required, with the final 20% due upon delivery.

Final chassis numbers and delivery contracts are freely transferable at any stage yet all amounts are non-refundable for any reason other than the improbable non-delivery of a car by Project 1221.

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August 9, 2005

As first announced in our June 27 update, two distinct models are being developed on the common MF1 engineering base, with the same gas turbine engine mounted longitudinally in a central position ahead of the rear wheels. Overall production is always set at 199 units, comprising both models without any predetermined limit for each one of them.

Among other features, a centrally mounted steering rack enabling either left or right-hand selectable drive is specified for both MF1 models one of which is a rear-wheel-drive two-seater while the other is an all-wheel-drive three-seater.

In particular the three-seater MF1 has a 2+1 configuration with the third seat located in the middle behind the two front seats. When not in use the third seat can be folded providing extra luggage space that is accessible through a rear hatch.

Rather than a 2+2 of nominal utility it has instead been decided on a spacious 3-seat interior, which in addition to covering virtually most real-life occupancy situations notably helps preserve a particularly effective aerodynamic shape. By the way, it should be noted that the option of armoured protection will be available only for the all-wheel-drive three-seater MF1.

Both the rwd and the awd MF1 models have a power/weight ratio of 1 kg/hp - 1 000 hp/ton or better, as well as a target speed of 430 km/h - 270 mph or more. These supercars will indeed provide the private-jet experience on four wheels and inevitably become the supreme transport devices on land.

The Williams FJ33 fanjet-derived turboshaft gas turbine engine weighs approximately 135 kg or 300 lbs and produces 1 500 shp (shaft horsepower) incidentally being the lightest, most compact, most powerful and most fuel-efficient engine in its class. The low-centre-of-gravity related benefits for packaging, handling and road holding are quite obvious and need no further elucidation.

As already stated the level of maximum available power is at any time selectable by the driver. Therefore, with performance knowingly varying between pleasantly brisk and terrifyingly violent, kept in check by (selectable) traction and stability control as well as by limited-slip differential(s), one need not worry about the MF1 ever being unpredictable. Nevertheless, with such a powerful machine, one's ability should never be overestimated either.

Elaborating on the subject of practicality it should be noted that the MF1 would offer an unprecedented care-free ownership experience with maintenance of the Williams engine being essentially limited to just oil changes. Not even periodical tune-ups are foreseen.

Regarding noise emission at least two different options will be offered to clients - ranging from effectively "stealth" motoring to the distinctive, full jet sound-effect. In any case, the MF1 will easily comply with all road regulations.

Concerning our sales policy, the establishment of a preliminary list is under way with chassis numbers being provisionally assigned to prospective customers. This preliminary list is indeed essential, as it is the tangible indication of the potential interest for such an innovative supercar among the pertinent niche of the international buying public.

In fact, no deposits will be collected unless overall interest proves at least sufficient to justify the substantial investment required for the final development and production of the MF1.

Consequently the final development phase will begin when the overall number of reservations reaches a set minimum point, while precise details of the project would remain essentially undisclosed in order to preserve its validity and its chances to succeed in due course.

As previously stated, units of the MF1 (either rwd or awd) that will be reserved "in principle" in the immediate future, along with those units that have already been spoken for, exceptionally benefit from a frozen price of €575 000. After the 1st of October 2005 only the regular price of €675 000 will apply, subject to increase.

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July 25, 2005

Remaining on the subject of the recently enjoyed power increase mentioned in last month's update, we are now quite thrilled to report that last week in Walled Lake, Michigan following a technical analysis with our strategic suppliers Williams International it was jointly decided to supply even more power, namely fifteen hundred hp.

As a consequence we might miss our initially set target for the MF1 power/weight ratio by actually improving on it. It goes without saying that the ensuing performance would be unapproachable by any other car to an extent even greater than originally intended.

In fact, the preliminary simulations with this latest power level might well be described as shocking. Yet, increased power would not affect in any way the drivability or the comfort of the machine under all driving conditions. Additionally, since the powerplant offers aviation-standard reliability, this increased power comes with absolute peace of mind.

There is much speculation regarding the supposed slow response of a gas turbine engine as opposed to an equivalent reciprocating engine. What seems to be overlooked though is the word "equivalent" because, quite simply, a reciprocating engine of such power has never been mounted on a road or racing car before.

In any case our engine provides literally instant power from walking pace and in quantities that would render the (selectable) traction control indeed indispensable for everyone but the bravest.

One notable positive aspect is that the considerable exhaust output can be very effectively employed to assist airflow underneath the car and therefore to improve traction by increasing aerodynamic negative lift, especially at low and medium speeds. Crucially, this exhaust-induced "ground effect" is free of aerodynamic drag.

Prospective customers should bear in mind that it is still possible to reserve with the benefit of a frozen price of €575 000 one of the 199 MF1 units that are to be produced altogether (both rwd and awd). Yet, by the end of the summer only the price of €675 000 will apply, subject to increase.

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June 27, 2005

On June 14, at the Paris Air Show in Bourget, Gregg Williams, President of Williams International (www.williams-int.com) and Andreas Andrianos, Founder and Chief Executive of Project 1221, jointly revealed the existence of a strategic supplier agreement between the two companies.

Williams International is the world leader in the development, manufacture and support of small gas turbine engines and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Over 20,000 Williams engines have been delivered for various applications.

Williams International's founder Dr. Sam Williams is an internationally acclaimed turbine engine designer and winner of America's prestigious Collier Trophy, Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy and National Medal of Technology. Further, in 1998 Dr. Williams was inducted into America's National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Dr. Sam Williams, who began his engineering career with development of the automotive turbine used in the Chrysler turbine car of the late 1950's and early 1960's, has provided automotive turbine engines for several research vehicles over the 50-year span of his company. In 1978 Williams International decided to concentrate their talented engineering team on a small commercial fanjet engine that was truly revolutionary. This has led to a family of commercial fanjet engines that have revitalized general aviation.

Under the agreement Williams International will be supplying advanced gas turbine engines tailored for the Project 1221 specific requirements. The first of such engines will be used in the MF1, which would be joined in time by an entire range of gas turbine-powered supercars.

As far as production road cars are concerned, this would indeed constitute the absolutely first application of gas turbine technology in automotive history.

The adoption of a gas turbine engine imparts a unique personality: To the outside world the rumble of a conventional reciprocating engine, as more or less emitted by all cars, is instead substituted by the characteristic whir that is associated only with air-travel.

At the same time the absence of mechanical noise or vibration in the passenger compartment is surprisingly combined with fierce, effortless performance on demand, never before experienced in a road car.

In essence, all the planned Project 1221 supercars will provide the private-jet experience on four wheels, thus becoming the supreme transport devices on land.

Although Project 1221 was set to employ gas turbine technology right from its inception, four years ago, very recent developments resulting from the availability of an alternative choice of engine - always by the same manufacturer - have effectively put us in the irresistible position to dispose now of at least 30% more power than originally considered.

This new element, given that the initial power level was already extremely high, allows or rather invites to reconsider the parameters for our supercar range.

Therefore, a decision has been made to incorporate extra features into the original-concept MF1, which would evolve as an exclusively awd model with a certain added versatility that was originally planned for introduction in a subsequent model.

Conversely the planned rwd version of the original-concept MF1 will evolve as a visually distinct model (and to a certain extent technically different as well, beyond the "simple" elimination of awd) .

Responding to requests of some prospective clients, this exclusively rwd model would indeed have the character of a road-legal racer and it could possibly become available even earlier than anticipated for the original-concept MF1. It would also be the precursor of a future pure racing model (provided that Project 1221 will be offered a fair chance by the technical regulations).

Details for both models will be arriving soon. At any rate, as dictated by common sense, the option of armoured protection will be available only for the awd MF1 and not for the rwd "road-legal racer" version.

MF1 chassis numbers that have already been allocated are indeed valid and are to be considered as representative of the order of precedence for either model. The decision about the choice of model by individual clients is of no relevance at the moment.

Overall production still remains set at 199 units, comprising both models without any predetermined limit for each one of them, just as it had been originally announced.

Pricing remains the same as well, i.e. €675 000 subsequently to the physical unveiling of either model. Units that have already been allocated, as well as units of either model that will be reserved up to that point in time, exceptionally benefit from a frozen price of €575 000.

On another note, following certain speculative and possibly misleading articles appearing from time to time either in the press or the Internet, Project 1221 emphatically affirms (as it has ever been stated in this website) that it is indeed an independent and privately held concern, operating under the direction of Andreas Andrianos.

Mauro Forghieri, Emanuele Nicosia, Anna Visconti, Oral Engineering, Bee Studio and Design Service Network (DSN) do not take part in the capital or in the management of Project 1221. All mentioned individuals and companies may only act as external consultants and/or providers of engineering and design services as requested by Project 1221.

Overall responsibility and ultimate control of all current and future projects regarding among others the choice and employment of human resources, the allocation of funds as well as the definition of commercial agreements always rests with Project 1221.

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June 2, 2005

The previously mentioned five-digit power band of the MF1 has apparently incited the assumption that this would inevitably result in a machine in need of rather frequent overhauls, if not complete rebuilds. This might be true in the case of a "usual" supercar but Project 1221 did not set out to build just another supercar.

There has also been speculation that "1221" might be a hint to the power output, which is not the case. In fact, the power of the MF1 is even higher than that.

Beyond constituting a symbolic proclamation of freedom, this amount of power guarantees that even with the highest - and the heaviest - level of optional armoured protection the MF1 will be able to accelerate at least as hard as any other supercar.

Combining tremendous performance potential with full-proof reliability and carefree maintenance the MF1 will be a refreshing ownership proposition, indeed unique among its "peers".

The regular price of the MF1 subsequently to its physical unveiling is now set at €675 000. Units that have already been allocated, as well as units that will be reserved up to that point in time, exceptionally benefit from a frozen price of €575 000.

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May 7, 2005

As it has already been stated the MF1 is to be commercialised worldwide in both left and right-hand drive. Expanding on this we would like to disclose that what we imply in fact is that all MF1 units will sport both left and right-hand drive, simply selectable in a matter of seconds by the driver without any need of mechanical modifications or adjustments.

The steering wheel can be swiftly positioned either on the left or on the right side along with the pedals, while the steering rack is - and remains - centrally mounted as on a single-seater racing car.

The foremost advantage of such an arrangement is the added safety margin in case of a massive frontal impact. As the projection of the steering axle lies between the two passengers, the risk of serious injury as a consequence of the steering column penetrating into the passenger compartment is virtually eliminated.

Of course there are other advantages too. One of the most obvious, for the commercially minded, is being able to (re) sell all MF1 units to all markets, something that should appeal to prospective owners (although it is to be seen how many would ever consider reselling an MF1).

Additionally, with the capability to position the steering wheel in the centre when the car is not in motion, the driver is greatly facilitated during both the way in and the way out of the MF1.

The intercontinental traveller will in particular appreciate being able to always drive on the "correct" side of the (same) car.

As for the racer, it will be possible to position the steering wheel on either side, in relation with a track being "clockwise" or anti-clockwise", in order to be closer to the apex of as many turns as possible.

Concerning the commercial aspect of Project 1221 we will be collecting deposits from individual customers only after we will have unveiled at least one image of the MF1 and its main specification - in particular the engine characteristics - in line with our stated policy regarding the signing-up of Official Dealers as well. Nevertheless, a provisional order of precedence for the first 99 units (# 001 to # 100) is already in place and is steadily mounting.

A significant increase of the €575 000 - as yet frozen - price will definitely accompany the actual unveiling of the MF1 for all units that will not have been previously reserved either via a 20% deposit (units # 001 to # 100) or via a 1% deposit by credit card (units # 101 to # 200, subject to the payment of the remaining 19% within 10 days of the unveiling of the MF1).

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April 16, 2005

Regarding the MF1, we would like to disclose that "1" indicates its projected power/weight ratio in kg/hp or, expressed in a different way, one thousand hp per ton for the standard non-armoured version. Even drivers accustomed to serious racing machinery should therefore find it adequately lively for "civilian" excursions.

Additionally, with the rear bodywork being singularly narrower than the front and no protruding rearview mirrors, owners will be able to aim and position the MF1 on any kind of road without fear of touching anything.

Concerning the commercial aspect of Project 1221 , during the last two weeks or so we have received several expressions of interest regarding the possibility of acquiring Official Dealer status.

Although no distribution agreements are being formalised as yet, we are indeed going through a pre-selection stage that will eventually lead to the appointment of about 10 to 15 dealers worldwide. With the exception of a few larger nations most selected countries will only have one exclusive distributor.

We deem correct to proceed with signing the distribution agreements only after we will have unveiled at least one image of the MF1 and its main specification, in particular the engine characteristics.

In the meantime the dealers that express their interest are being informed about the conditions of the distribution plan. In case of an agreement in principle an informal order of precedence is being established concerning potential dealers within the same country and allocation of specific chassis numbers among all dealers in general. Conditions are equal for all prospective dealers regardless of their location.

When the time comes, those dealers that will intend to finalise the distribution agreement already approved in principle by them will have to complete the required transaction and will therefore be entitled to start selling to clients anywhere in the world the specific chassis numbers / delivery positions reserved for them.

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March 24, 2005

After our previous announcement concerning the four-digit power output of the MF1, it is only fitting to also announce a five-digit power band.

Concerning its "packaging", in spite of a mid-mounted powerplant, the MF1 is distinguished by a rear lift-back screen offering access to a luggage compartment capable of quite more than the "usual" pair of golf-bags and even allowing to carry ski gear. An additional luggage compartment is located in the front.

A highly functional and elegant layout comprising upwards swinging doors ensures unusually comfortable and unhindered access to the airy yet eminently protective and cosy passenger compartment.

With general awareness of Project 1221 and of the - still under wraps - MF1 mounting slowly, it is remarkable to have already received our first orders. It is worth noting that, in contrast to our current policy of a frozen price of €575 000 before tax , an as yet unspecified price increase would indeed accompany the unveiling of the MF1 .

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Februrary 23, 2005

Planning and preparations are earnestly under way for the summer introduction of the marque or rather for the "mise en scène" of the unveiling of the cryptic essence of Project 1221 .

Since we have already received inquiries concerning the acquisition of the MF1 regardless of the online preliminary order of precedence, it is our intention to also start accepting individual 20% deposits shortly. Such a placement of a command would directly secure a final delivery position hence minor adjustments ensue.

In principle while up to 100 units (# 101 to # 200) could be allocated to prospective clients according to the computerized online preliminary order of precedence, final delivery positions for units # 001 to # 100 would instead be allocated both directly by Project 1221 and via a small number of Official Dealers at the receipt of a 20% deposit.

As to the MF1 itself, we can confirm that it has four-digit power and therefore not surprisingly, considering its intended role as an everyday car, permanent four-wheel-drive. Nevertheless, a rear-wheel-drive version - for the brave - is also being developed in parallel.

Remaining in the transmission theme, the specification includes both manual and automatic gear change. As for the level of maximum available power, it could be instantly pre-selected by the driver according to varying conditions or whim. In any case this feature is complemented by an "on/off" traction control, which should be appreciated by most.

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January 25, 2005

We keep receiving requests for more information regarding the specification and looks of the MF1 .

The scarcity of the information that has been released so far curiously has a dual effect: Most exponents of the media tend to be annoyed while all simple enthusiasts and prospective owners tend to be inspired...

It should be noted that, as part of the game, the MF1 would be presented only after the preliminary order of precedence is established. To enlist or not to enlist will simply be a matter of following one's inner voice.

In the meantime, in line with our stated wish to offer a fair and accessible chance to "all", there will be no "previews" for the "privileged few" nor "leaks" to selected exponents of the media. All our prospective customers are, by definition, privileged few.

After all we are dealing with a superfluous albeit beautiful and functional object, which is a luxury in itself. At the same time we are dealing with a commodity, both in its intangible and tangible manifestations, which only makes things livelier.

Of course after the unveiling of the MF1 the powers of the marketplace will inevitably take over. In the end some people will drive excitedly away, others will go laughing to the bank and obviously more than one might for a while feel a bit depressed either for losing the opportunity to own an exceptional and exceptionally rare motor-car or for having spent more money than necessary. It is only a game.

Presently it can be anticipated that the MF1 is in fact a neat berlinetta with a remarkably low centre of gravity, agility on any kind of road being a priority.

Another characteristic of the MF1 is its unique...diesel-like range (indeed a luxury) afforded by the rather...huge fuel tank.

Participation in both the Dakar and Le Mans races with suitably specified versions of the MF1 is under serious consideration, endurance and reliability under all circumstances being considered core values.

Lastly, a speed-record-run by a non-professional driver will definitely take place in a natural environment (i.e. not a controlled testing ground) well before production commences, as an indication of the accessibility of the entire envisaged performance spectrum in everyday driving conditions.

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