New ATS supercar marks rebirth of classic Italian marque

Posted on Aug 15, 2017 by

Even in death, Enzo Ferrari is still motivating his competition… is back.

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Classic, a fight over a woman. During the infamous 1961 Palace Revolt in the house of the Scuderia, it was to be her way or the highway. In the end it was Signora Laura Ferrari’s way…

In Maranello il Commendatore‘s word may have been the last, except when it was second last. Ferrari’s brightest engineers and designers, the team behind legendary cars such as the 250 Testa Rossa (back when it was still two words) and the 250 GTO, were fed up with his wife meddling and running the show, but Enzo stood by her.

She won and the team walked out. It was the biggest blow to Enzo’s career so far which would cost him dearly — without his core geniuses, what followed was a long slump in F1 and defeat at Le Mans. The Palace Revolt walkout was a black spot in Ferrari’s history, but those men that did the walking at least got somewhere.

Notably they were sales boss Girolamo Gardini, team manager Romolo Tavoni, engineering boss Carlo Chiti, and whizzkid engineer Giotto Bizzarrini, amongst a few others. So what did the rebels do? They rebelled.

They formed a new company called ATS, for Automobili Turismo e Sport, and developed the spectacular little mid-engined 2500 GT, powered by their own 2.5-litre V8 engine capable of nearly 100 horsepower per litre. Chiti did the motor, Bizzarrini the chassis, and Franco Scaglione (of Alfa Romeo B.A.T. and Porsche Abarth fame) the body.

Unfortunately they weren’t much for businessmen, and only a dozen 2500 GTs were made.

There’s a twin turbocharged V8 engine mated to a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission involved.

However later this month will mark the return of the ATS name, with a world premiere scheduled for August 31 at the Salon Privé 2017 show in the UK, launching a new GT supercar more than 50 years after the company was initially formed.

This time, intentionally, the company plans to build just 12 examples of the limited edition car, providing little additional information other than the fact there’s a twin turbocharged V8 engine mated to a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission involved.

ATS says the car will be entirely hand-built using carbon fibre, with a body penned by Emanuele Bomboi, a designer who previously gained a bit of fame by revealing the Willys AW380 concept at the 2014 Bologna motor show for Carrozzeria Viotti.

Bomboi says he used the original 2500 GT for inspiration, an example of which will also be present at Salon Privé alongside the new ATS when it’s unveiled.

  

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