ATS Corsa Turbo RR revealed to be ready for the track

A long time ago, when Enzo Ferrari was still alive and stepping on people’s toes, a good chunk of his engineering team departed the Prancing Horse to form Automobili Turismo e Sport. The company, ATS for short, 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.

The sports car was the ATS 2500 GT, a small sportscoupé developed by Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini with a Franco Scaglione (ex-Bertone) designed bodywork built by Carrozzeria Allemano. 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. Both were technologically advanced for their time, but a commercial flop with only 12 produced in total between 1963 and 1965.

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. 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.

In 2012, 50 years later, ATS, the new owner, Daniele Maritan began to build new cars. Since its rebirth, the Italian carmaker has brought us exciting modern cars like the track-ready ATS Sport 1000, the ATS Leggera, early 2014 the very beautiful sporty-looking ATS 2500, and in 2018 the beatiful GT which are both throwbacks to this brand’s roots. While the Sport, 2500 GT and GT are reimagined versions of the original cars.

The beautiful GT was styled by Emanuele Bomboi, formerly of Fiat and later design director of Bertone, and ATS says it offers a ‘timeless yet striking design, evoking the brand’s past while reflecting its very contemporary performance’. It isn’t hard to see the resemblance to the 1963 car, the new GT takes on many contemporary supercar design cues, including a low front scuttle and highlighted accent line running along the side of the glasshouse. The devil-may-care approach to exterior design carries over to the rear end, which combines the aesthetic qualities of old Italian supercars with modern styling motifs.

Now ATS will finally return to the motorsport world with the new Corsa RR Turbo, a racer designed to go easy on a team’s budget. A race car dedicated to customer racing teams doing business across Europe and elsewhere. Built as ‘the balance point between low costs and high performance’, the car has been confirmed for production and delivery by the end of summer.

Weighing in at just 800 kg (1,763 lb) and moved along by the power of 600 horses, the racer is capable of competing in a variety of FIA-sanctioned racing series, from Endurance to Hill Climb and Time Attack. Also, the company is even eying the formation of a single-brand championship sometime in the future.

During the past months the Racing department of ATS Automobili has carried out severe reliability and performance tests that improved the RR Turbo’s qualities. Suitable for all those professional or gentlemen drivers who are looking for an adaptable and effective racing car, the RR Turbo will be eligible to race internationally with the FIA homologation Appendix J Group E2 SH.

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The new racer can be ordered with several optional extras, such as a full carbon fiber body work, carbon-ceramic brakes with 4-piston titanium calipers instead of the standard Brembo set, three-way adjustable suspension, forged wheels, quick-lift air jack system and others. Tractive Adjustable electronic shock absorbers for the pushrod and pull rod suspension, traction control, assisted gearshifts and so on are also available.

ATS will make two variants of the Corsa Turbo RR available, Clubsport and Serie Carbonio. The former, priced at €132,000 ($146,000) allows customer customization, while the latter is offered for €164,900 ($182,000) as a complete, race-ready machine, but the model’s bespoke nature means that the cost can grow quickly. It’s a lot of money for most of us, but it is not expensive, compared to other cars supercars. And believe me, ATS sportscars are far more exclusive.

Both the ATS Corsa Turbo RR Clubsport and Serie Carbonio come equipped with a full carbon fiber body, a carbo-ceramic braking system, forged wheels, three-way adjustable suspension, high downforce bi-plane rear carbon spoiler, and the quick-lift air jack system to be used on times of need.

The Italian Automobili Turismo e Sport will build 30 cars each year, featuring FIA homologation for racing series, endurance championships and hill climbs, including the VLN Nurburgring, GT Light Class, British Hill Climb Championship, WERC series, Trans Am, SCCA Hill Climb, Formula X Italian Series, UK Dunlop Endurance Championship and many others. Come into the wonderful world of ATS.

The ATS GT Limited Edition Isn’t Your Average McLaren

 

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Since its rebirth, Italian automaker ATS (Automobili Turismo e Sport) has brought us exciting modern cars like the track-ready ATS Sport 1000, the ATS Leggera and early 2014 the very beautiful sporty-looking ATS 2500, which are both throwbacks to this brand’s roots. While the Sport and 2500 GT are reimagined versions of the original cars.

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.

ATS 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.

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The sports car was the ATS 2500 GT, a small sportscoupé developed by Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini with a Franco Scaglione (ex-Bertone) designed bodywork built by Carrozzeria Allemano. He penned a sleek fastback with an integrated front bumper and a rear hatch for access to the V8 engine. The standard GT model featured a steel body while the GTS was equipped with an all-aluminum body for events like the Targa Florio. It was presented in April 1963 at the Geneva Motor Show.

The ATS 2500GT is able to claim the title of the first mid-engined Italian supercar – an honour usually thought to be associated with the Lamborghini Miura that appeared three years later.

Inside, the 2500 GT received a full leather treatment with a Nardi wooden steering wheel and electric power windows. Power brakes were also standard. 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.

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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. Both were technologically advanced for their time, but a commercial flop with only 12 produced in total between 1963 and 1965.

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.

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In 2012, 50 years later, ATS, the new owner, Daniele Maritan began to build new cars. Since its rebirth, the Italian carmaker has brought us exciting modern cars like the track-ready ATS Sport 1000 and early 2014 the vèry beautiful sporty-looking ATS 2500, which are both throwbacks to this brand’s roots

Founded in 1963, Automobili Turismo e Sport is different in 2018 without forgetting the sporting roots that made the automaker interesting in the first place. The new ATS GT Launch Edition serves as the newest model of the Turin-based establishment.

The GT is styled by Emanuele Bomboi, formerly of Fiat and later design director of Bertone, and ATS says it offers a ‘timeless yet striking design, evoking the brand’s past while reflecting its very contemporary performance’. It isn’t hard to see the resemblance to the 1963 car, the new GT takes on many contemporary supercar design cues, including a low front scuttle and highlighted accent line running along the side of the glasshouse. The devil-may-care approach to exterior design carries over to the rear end, which combines the aesthetic qualities of old Italian supercars with modern styling motifs.

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Compared to the bone-stock GT, the Launch Edition offers customers the opportunity to have their signatures engraved in the steering wheel. Only 12 vehicles will be produced, equaling the ATS 2500 GT in terms of rarity. The old-timer features a mid-engine layout, 2.5 liters of displacement, eight cylinders, and five forward ratios, with everything wrapped up in a handmade Carrozzeria Allemano bodywork.

The new ATS GT is a high-tech machine. It is based on a McLaren-sourced platform. The ATS GT also uses the British firm’s twin-turbocharged V8. The ATS GT carries the mid-engine legacy but levels up to 3.8 liters and twin-turbocharging technology. The beating heart of the car might be sourced from McLaren, but the output surpasses that of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8-engined 720S. On full song, the eight-cylinder lump is much obliged to produce 730 horsepower (740 PS) and 575 pound-feet (780 Nm). The optional ATS Corsa Package bumps the output to 830 horsepower (619 kW), though. ATS claim the GT can sprint from zero-to-100 km/h in 3,0 seconds and it will exceed 330 km/h flat out. To stop ‘the beast’, there are also Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes available.

ATS has also announced that the GT will come on Michelin rubber, buyers will have a choice of the extreme Pilot Sport Cup 2s or the less aggressive Pilot Sport 4S tyres. As well as having over 700bhp to contend with, the tyres will have to deal with the braking force of a set of Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.

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Another curious aspect of the ATS GT comes in the form of Sistema-Trio, the name given to the hand-welded titanium exhaust system with three mufflers. The noise and volume of the exhaust, changes depending on which setting the car is in. Three driver modes can be selected via two aluminium knobs in the centre of the car that allow the driver to select between Viaggo, Sport and Corsa. An active system can bypass the central muffler to create a more aggressive sound in Corsa mode – the engine and chassis also alter depending on the mode selected. Two other switches allow the attitude of the transmission and rear wing to be altered as well.

Drivers will have three driving modes to choose from. Viaggio is for standard road use, Sport is for more spirited driving and Corsa is ideal for track use. In the latter mode, the engine and suspension set up is at its most aggressive with even more noise produced by the F1-style exhaust system. Speaking of F1, the instrument screen shows Formula One-style data in Corsa mode – cool.

The chassis and body shell are both constructed from carbon fiber, to keep weight down, but the curious thing is, Automobili Turismo e Sport describes the GT as ‘a car designed to offer unparalleled levels of comfort wrapped in a high-performance package’. More to the point, ‘the engineers focused on developing a car made to excel on longer journeys, where the interior is a luxurious cocoon for the occupants’.

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Inside, ATS keeps things very simple – but beautiful. ATS wants its GT to be a comfy cruiser over any long hauls. That’s why the cars have improved seats and soundproofing over the ‘donor’ McLaren. The sound system is also upgraded both in name and performance. It’s called Prima Orchestra, which is delightful, and it’s driven by a bespoke planar magnetic sound system. That’s fancy talk for ‘it makes your music sound really good’.

Rather than the modern trend of using several large screens, there are simply two knobs on the dashboard for selecting driving modes and other options. In addition, two switches also allow for raising the rear wing and toggling between manual or automatic gearbox controls.

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Oh, and the logo up front? It lights up by means of OLEd technology, sporting a turquoise color that would make even the Mediterranean Sea blush with admiration. On the other hand, there’s no denying servicing will be a hassle for those who order the ATS GT instead of the equivalent McLaren.

Just 12 examples of the GT Launch Edition will leave the factory near Milan, Italy, followed by an unconfirmed number of the hardcore GT-R. The company is taking orders now, with a starting price of about $850,000, or 740,000 euros, but the model’s bespoke nature means that the cost can grow quickly. ATS has already sold three of these machines, leaving nine of them up for grabs.

Act now before the other nine are scooped up.

Come into the wonderful world of ATS….

 

 

 

ATS Leggera defines Italian, lightweight motoring

 

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Since its rebirth, Italian automaker ATS (Automobili Turismo e Sport) has brought us exciting modern cars like the track-ready ATS Sport 1000 and early 2014 the very beautiful sporty-looking ATS 2500, which are both throwbacks to this brand’s roots. While the Sport and 2500 GT are reimagined versions of the original cars, the new ATS Leggera takes a different approach with its styling.

What’s dissappointing about its appearance is that it looks like a British Ginetta, instead of a Italian ATS.

Despite the origins of ATS dating back to the early 1960s, the Leggera doesn’t has a look that evokes small, classic Italian roadsters. Sadly it looks more like a British Ginetta. There are also some AC Cobra and Wiesmann cues mixed in as well. That’s not a bad mixology of design if you ask me, but somehow…. nót for an all new ATS. The interior has an equally retro theme with the central gauges, wooded Nardi steering wheel and hand-crafted leather seats and trim.

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Leggera, of course, is Italian for lightweight, and this car definitely fits that billing. According to the press release, the ATS Leggera is offered in three flavors – depending on the level of tune you want – with curb weights varying from 1,400 pounds on the 300 Leggera to 1,433 pounds on the 365 Leggera and 420 Super Leggera SS.

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The ATS also has some are standard features that are worth taking note of. It’s got an aluminum fuel cap similar to the ones used in the 50s and 60s. Conversely, the standard LED rearlights and optional LED headlights and xenon headlights provide a nice splash of modern styling to the predominantly retro-inspired roadster.

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ATS is also offering a set of 16-inch alloy wheels for the Leggera, although those can be changed in favor of a classic wire wheels set.

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The interior is what you’d expect from a retro-themed roadster. In so many words, it looks old, dated, and boring. But this is how ATS intended it to look like, so we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.

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We’ll also give the automaker credit for at least dressing up the interior with plenty of expensive materials, including the seats that are lined with Italian leather, the wooden steering wheel, rigorously-Nardi Torino, is an homage to traditional Italian style of the product while the Smiths instrument marked ATS centrally located, are clear and easy to read. The interior panels can be colored depending on the customer’s preference.

Three-point seatbelts come standard on the ATS Sport, but customers can do away with that and instead opt for four-point seatbelts that are combined with lightweight, carbon seats. Another ‘by request’ feature of the ATS Leggera is a full FIA-approved roll bar that ATS can fit into the car in lieu of the dual chrome roll bars that come standard.

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The ATS Leggera is surprisingly quick and powerful, something it can attribute to its 650-kg (1,322-pound) weight. Unlike the other rear-engine ATS models, the Leggera has three available options for the front/mid-mounted engine, and owners get their choice of a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual or a six-speed sequential gearbox.

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The 300 Leggera is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 240 bhp helping the 1,400-pound roadster accelerate from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds along with a top speed of 135 mph. The 365 Leggera uses the same engine with an increased output of 240 bhp, which helps propel this 1,433-pound model to 60 mph in just four seconds with a top speed of 145.

The top performance model is the 420 Super Leggera SS with a Honda-sourced 2.2-liter engine with an output of 280 bhp, a top speed of 160 mph and acceleration from 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds. We’re sure none of the ATS cars are produced in high volume, but the 420 Super Leggera SS will be as rare as it is sporty with just five examples being built.

The ATS Leggera is already available on the market with a starting price of about €30,000. That converts to around $41,000. And for that money you’ve got an amazing toy!

Come into the beautiful world of ATS…..

 

 

 

 

Torino Design unveils ATS Wildtwelve

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

ATS withdraws bid for De Tomaso

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If you were, like us, holding out hope for a De Tomaso revival prepare to be disappointed as Italian car maker ATS (Automobili Turismo Sport) has reportedly given up their bid for the defunct brand.

Founded by Alejandro de Tomaso in 1959, the company behind the Pantera and Mangusta eventually petered out a decade ago, only to be revived by former Fiat executive Gian Mario Rossignolo in 2009. The resurgent De Tomaso showcased the Deauville concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and began development on a new Pantera, both designed by Pininfarina, but ended up back in bankruptcy last year amidst allegations of misappropriations of government subsidies.

Those truly schooled in the history of Italian sports cars will recognize the letters ATS. They belong to Automobili Turismo Sport, an outfit formed after the great ‘Palace Revolution’ at Ferrari in the early 1960s. The brand was originally launched in 1963 by a legion of disgruntled former Ferrari employees, like Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini, but shut down a few short years later. ATS folded a few years after that, but recently resurfaced some 50 years later under new caretakers. And now it’s probably changing hands again.

Speaking to Autoblog, ATS chief Gianluca Gregis said the company will be leaving Italy to setup shop in the Canary Islands. The move to the Spanish archipel off the coast of Morocco will reportedly bring a number of benefits including tax incentives and easier shipping to global locations. Unfortunately, the change has caused the company to refocus their efforts and drop necessary projects. As a result, ATS have withdrawn their bid for De Tomaso and sold their Leggera Roadster program and sold their to an unnamed – British? – automaker.

ATS appears to be going through a management dispute between its two owners – one party supporting the course of action described below and the other working to stop it and keep ATS in Italy. We’ll be watching to see how it develops.

 

 

 

 

ATS buys De Tomaso, new Pantera planned

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Italy has had more than its fair share of ‘old’ auto marques revived in recent years. Bugatti restarted in Modena before returning across the border to Molsheim, Fiat brought back the Abarth marque not long ago, Carrozzeria Touring got back into the business after decades lying dormant, Zagato revived the Diatto name for a small run of sportscars, and the students at the IED in Turin plucked the Cisitalia name out of the dustbin of history for a concept car last year. But two of the most recent Italian auto marques to resurface are ATS and De Tomaso.

ATS (Automobili Turismo e Sport) went back into business last year on the occasion of the original marque’s 50th anniversary with new models including the Sport 1000, 2500 GT and 300 Leggera. The brand was originally launched in 1963 by a legion of disgruntled former Ferrari employees like Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti, but shut down a few short years later. Now revived after nearly half a century in remission, ATS seems to be moving forward nicely… which is more than we could say for De Tomaso.

Founded by Alejandro de Tomaso in 1959, the company behind the Mangusta, Pantera, Longchamp, Deauville, Guara and other beautiful creations, eventually petered out a decade ago, only to be revived by former Fiat executive Gian Mario Rossignolo in 2009. The resurgent De Tomaso showcased the Deauville concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and began development on a new Pantera, but ended up back in bankruptcy last year amidst allegations of misappropriations of government subsidies. Rossignolo was taken into custody over allegations that he – along with two others – misused €7.5 ($9.1 / £5.9) million worth of government funds, and the company was put up for sale in 2012.

Speculation ensued over who might buy De Tomaso, but now we have our answer. ATS has purchased the rights to the De Tomaso brand and is preparing to relaunch it with a new lineup. Although specific details of their cooperation will only be revealed later this month, ATS tells us that some future De Tomaso products could share platforms and other technologies with ATS models. First on the list is obviously a new Pantera, which could ride on a ATS 2500 GT platform, but specific details will be revealed later this month.

The two marques were among the very first carmakers to put a mid-engined sportscar into production, with the original ATS 2500 GT and the De Tomaso Vallelunga reaching the market in quick succession in 1963, after (what would become) the Matra Djet and years before the Lamborghini Miura would hit the streets. Now back in the game and bound together, we’re looking forward to seeing what ATS and De Tomaso have up their sleeves.

 

 

 

 

ATS brand revival planned

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In recent decades we witnessed the rebirth of many brands that have been disbanded more than 50 years ago. Bugatti and Maybach are probably the most well-known examples, but smaller ventures such as ATS (Automobili Turismo e Sport) have returned under new ownership as well.

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.

ATS 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.

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The sports car was the ATS 2500 GT, a small sportscoupé developed by Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini with a Franco Scaglione (ex-Bertone) designed bodywork built by Carrozzeria Allemano. He penned a sleek fastback with an integrated front bumper and a rear hatch for access to the V8 engine. The standard GT model featured a steel body while the GTS was equipped with an all-aluminum body for events like the Targa Florio. It was presented in April 1963 at the Geneva Motor Show.

The ATS 2500GT is able to claim the title of the first mid-engined Italian supercar – an honour usually thought to be associated with the Lamborghini Miura that appeared three years later.

Inside, the 2500 GT received a full leather treatment with a Nardi wooden steering wheel and electric power windows. Power brakes were also standard. 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 just a few exist today.

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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. Both were technologically advanced for their time, but a commercial flop with only 12 produced in total between 1963 and 1965.

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. 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.

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Now 50 years later, the new owner of the Bologna-based ATS company, Daniele Maritan plans a comeback in the automotive industry with two new models. The first one is a reboot of the firm’s 2500 GT that was showcased during the 1963 Geneva Motor Show.

The new ATS GT is going to be made around a tubular chassis with carbon panels and a composite bodywork. The GT is styled by Emanuele Bomboi, formerly of Fiat and later design director of Bertone, and ATS says it offers a ‘timeless yet striking design, evoking the brand’s past while reflecting its very contemporary performance’.

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It isn’t hard to see the resemblance to the 1963 car, the new GT takes on many contemporary supercar design cues, including a low front scuttle and highlighted accent line running along the side of the glasshouse. The devil-may-care approach to exterior design carries over to the rear end, which combines the aesthetic qualities of old Italian supercars with modern styling motifs.

It will feature a mid-mounted 4-cylinder Cosworth turbo engine that should produce approximately 550 hp (410 kW). With a targeted curb weight of less than 1000 kg (2204 lbs), it should turn out to be a quick car.

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The other model planned is the Sport 1000 which is described as being a true racing car but road-legal. This car will draw its inspiration from the Radical SR3 and will be available with one of the engines from the following motorcycles: Suzuki Hayabusa, Yamaha R1 or the Honda CBR. Also in the works is a 200 hp MV Augusta-powered model. ATS plans on offering it as a kit car as well.

More about ATS soon here on Yakymour. Come into the wonderful world of ATS….