ATS (Automobili Turismo Sport) is an Italian automotive constructor. It once had a racing team that operated between 1963 and 1965, and was formed after the famous ‘Palace Revolution’ at Ferrari. The company was formed by Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini, among others – intending for it to be a direct competitor to Ferrari both on the race track and on the street. Chiti and Bizzarrini built, with sponsorship from the Scuderia Serenissima’s Count Giovanni Volpi, a road-going sports car and a Formula One racing car.
ATS, short for Automobili Turismo & Sport, is an Italian car manufacturer born in the 1960s as a result of a massive departure of Ferrari engineers. ATS was formed by famous names like Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini.
The sports car was the ATS 2500 GT, a small sportscoupé developed by Chiti and Bizzarrini with a Franco Scaglione (ex-Bertone) designed bodywork built by Carrozzeria Allemano. It was presented in April 1963 at the Geneva Motor Show. The engine was a mid-mounted 2.5 L V8 engineered by Chiti, capable of achieving 245 hp (180 kW) and accelerating to 257 km/h (160 mph). Only 12 cars were reportedly built, and few exist today. Apart from being the second mid-engine sports cars (the René-Bonnet / Matra Djet was presented five months earlier at the Salon de l’Autombile in Paris, France), the 2500 GT never gained fame or popularity, but its 90 degree DOHC V8 with a flatplane crankshaft was later developed into Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 engine in 2 L, 2.5 L and 3 L formats by Carlo Chiti at Autodelta.
Count Volpi subsequently backed the Serenissima marque which used much technology similar to ATS. Bruce McLaren used a Serenissima engine for a few Grands Prix in 1966.
After the demise of ATS, Giotto Bizzarrini moved to Lamborghini before building his own cars as Bizzarrini, while Chiti founded Autodelta together with fellow ex-Ferrari engineer Lodovico Chizzola, which would work closely with Alfa Romeo for the following decades.
In 2012, 50 years later, ATS, the new owner, Daniele Maritan began to build two new cars: the ATS Sport and the ATS 2500 GT.
The Salone Dell’Automobile di Torino kicked the bucket in 2002 when the Bologna Motor Show took over the role of Italy’s international motor show. This year though, the Turin Motor Show is back, albeit as an open-air event near the Parco del Valentino. The Torino Design ATS Wildtwelve at hand is the star of the show, and we can’t argue with its design.
Torino Design is a firm employing 60 automotive professional that has produced over 200 projects in the past decade.
Last weekend, automotive consulting firm, Torino Design, and small Italian car maker ATS unveiled their Wildtwelve concept at the Parco Valentino salon in Turin. Alongside all the supercars and concept cars displayed at Parco Valentino Salone this year, the Torino Design ATS Wildtwelve Concept celebrated its world debut at the event.
The Wildtwelve Concept has been created as an ultra-limited production car restricted to just 30 customer examples. Under the skin, it utilises a powerful 3.8-litre twin-turbo V12 engine which is connected to the rear wheels via a nine-speed automatic, and a plug-in hybrid powertrain that employs two electric motors animating the front wheels.
These power units create a combined 860 hp and 918 Nm (677 lb-ft) of torque. With all the drivetrain systems working together, the Wild Twelve claimed that the car will accelerate to 100 km/h in just 2.6 seconds thanks to its four-wheel drive and continue on to a theoretical top speed of around 390 km/h. Despite the heavy V12 engine and electric motors, the Torino Design ATS Wildtwelve Concept tips the scales at a relatively scarce 1450 kg. That weight figure has been achieved through the extensive use of carbon fibre across both the exterior and in the cabin.
Piero Jacometti, owner of ATS, says that 30 examples of the 4.4-meter long, 2-meter wide and 1.2-meter tall hybrid hypercar will ever be built at the former Bugatti factory in Campogalliano, Italy. The first has been acquired by designer Santo Versace. While no pricing details have been revealed, it is inevitable that the limited run supercar won’t come cheap.