More Italian supercars on the road can only be a good thing.
After a fifty-year hiatus, Italian automaker Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS) is making a long-awaited comeback to the supercar scene. First formed in 1962 by a group of former Ferrari Formula One technicians, the company made a brief foray into F1 but is best known for its road-going 2500 GT sports car, notable for being one of the first mid-engined GT cars ever made. Powered by a mid-mounted 2.5-liter V8, only 12 were produced in a limited run between 1963 and 1965.
After launching the track-focused Sport 1000 Racer in 2012, the company is now concentrating on reviving the 2500 GT for the 21st century. Ahead of its official reveal in a couple of weeks, ATS has released a teaser image giving us a first look at its new upcoming supercar simply called the GT, showing off its seductive curves. Like the original car, production will initially be capped to 12 units for the launch edition. Styled by the company's Chief Engineer, the GT will be hand-built at its Italian factory with extensive use of carbon fiber in the bodywork, interior and chassis to keep the weight down. Power will be sourced by a twin-turbo V8 engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
More will be revealed when the ATS GT makes its global debut at the Salon Prive Concours d'Elegance in, Oxfordshire, England, on August 31. "This is a pivotal day for ATS and our new supercar," said ATS Automobili Turismo e Sport owner Daniele Maritan. "We use words such as challenge, adventure, beauty and passion to represent the values that were shared among all the founders of ATS in 1962. Today we find the same values in the talented people bringing back this historically important brand. Salon Prive was the obvious destination for us to launch our luxury and historically important supercar this Summer, and we can't wait to show it off to the public."