Carmen Jorda is a reminder of De Tomaso's illustrious history.
A couple of years ago, De Tomaso announced its return to the automotive scene. In the time since, we've seen previews of what to expect from the reborn company, including its stunning new supercar called the P72. The news has only gotten better since then, with the company announcing last year that it would build its new machine in the US. Last month, the company took things a step further by teasing a new track car, but the automaker still needed somebody to test its creations. That gap has now been filled by Carmen Jorda, who is joining the company as a factory development and Scuderia De Tomaso racing driver.
The daughter of former racing driver Jose Miguel Jorda, motorsport has always been in her blood. She has raced in the European Open Formula 3 championship where she achieved three podiums, as well as the American Indy Lights championship and GP3 series. She is also one of the the few women to have held an official driver role with a Formula 1 team. Simply put, she certainly has the necessary skills and has already begin testing on De Tomaso's P72 development vehicles on both the road and the track. As you can imagine, she says that joining this team "feels like a dream."
Jorda will have the chief role of making sure that the P72 handles and goes as well as the world's best, and on paper, the car certainly seems to have what it takes. A supercharged 5.0-liter V8 produces over 700 horsepower and 608 lb-ft of torque, figures not incomparable to those of the Ferrari F8 Tributo. However, while the Ferrari looks like a super sports car, the P72 looks like a work of art from a bygone era. Sensuously sculpted and flowing with fascinating curves, the P72 will surely be in high demand. It also helps that just 72 examples will be made at a cost of around $830,000. Donations welcome.
In addition to having a female development driver on board, De Tomaso is honoring women in another way with the development of the P72 and trying to bring back the romance to the automotive world. The development and homologation prototype that Jorda will be piloting has been christened 'Isabelle'. That was the name of Alejandro de Tomaso's soulmate and business partner, who played a pivotal role in the history of the De Tomaso brand.
The automaker has also created a short film to celebrate the tribute and the appointment of Jorda to the team, titled Meet 'Isabelle'. Isabelle was not only romantically linked to Alejandro, but forged a path as one of the earliest female racers, successfully competing against men in both America and Europe.