ATS Launches Sport 1000 Racer

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The reborn Italian car brand presents its new Sport 1000 model.

Last month we reported on Italian sportscar-maker Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS) staging a comeback after a fifty year hiatus. The reborn automaker will reinvent the old 2500 GT and develop a track-focused, street-legal Sport 1000 model powered by a motorcycle engine. With the Sport 1000, ATS is aiming to recreate the feel of a 1960s racing sports car using modern technology, aerodynamics and performance - while keeping an eye on Radical. The chassis is made of stainless steel, paneled in aluminum and weighs in at just 55kg.

The GRP-made body is a tad heavier at 57kg and can be completely removed in five minutes. All in, the Sport 1000 has a curb weight of just 400kg and thanks to an aerodynamic body developed in the wind tunnel, can develop almost 1,150kg of downforce. Power comes from a bike engine. Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha... take your pick, as long as it's an inline-four, it's good to go. It has a chain-drive transmission, limited slip differential, double wishbone suspension with fully adjustable shocks, and comes with front and rear anti-roll bars. Stopping power is generated by a Tarox brake system with 6-piston calipers all around.

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