Watch the stunning new P72 dominate the mountain.
Development has entered the final phase for the P72 supercar from De Tomaso Automobili. Based on the carbon monocoque chassis from the hardcore Apollo Automobil Intensa Emozione, the P72 represents more than bringing back a famous nameplate; it's a passion project by the people responsible for the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 LMP1 endurance race car.
Packing over 700 horsepower, the De Tomaso P72 has already made several appearances in advanced pre-production form. At this point, we're just waiting for the real deal.
De Tomaso is clearly gearing up for that by releasing a new video showing an advanced P72 prototype performing tough winter weather testing in Switzerland.
We're not seeing anything new here regarding design and general styling details, but we're treated to some lovely audio coming from the Roush-tuned supercharged 5.0-liter V8. The P72 will carry a price tag in the $1 million range and production will take place, very appropriately, at a newly built factory at the Nurburgring. Built and engineered to be a grand tourer, the P72 will be limited to only 72 examples and, assuming all goes to plan, those deliveries should get underway next year.
The P72's grand tourer status doesn't mean it won't deliver the goods on the track. Its subframes and crash structures abide by FIA LMP safety requirements and a roll cage isn't needed because the carbon monocoque cell provides sufficient protection.
The new structure improves torsional rigidity and provides additional headroom and legroom without the need to change the exterior design. Weight has also been shaved compared to the original prototype that relied on an older chassis design. Both left and right-hand drive configurations will be offered.
At this time, it doesn't appear that all planned examples have been sold. But we have no doubt that they will. Owners will be part of a very exclusive club. Our only hope is for at least some of them to share with the world these magnificent machines.