Superbike-powered track car has been refreshed for 2015.
After fifty years in the wilderness, sportscar-maker Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS) staged a comeback in 2012 with the street-legal Sport 1000. It might be an acquired taste from a styling perspective, but people must be buying them as ATS has just announced an update for the 2015 model year. Over 100 upgrades have been made to improve the track car's performance and handling, while the '1000' part of the name has been dropped.
The ATS Sport, as it's now known, receives a new stainless-steel chassis that weighs just 99 pounds including the FIA-spec roll bar. That's under a tenth of the Sport's 1,036-pound curb weight. New components include Ohlins dampers, Sparco steering wheel and harnesses, AIM MXL instruments, Tarox calipers and vented discs, Tillet seats and a Quaife limited-slip differential. Standard gear on the 2015 ATS Sport includes a stainless-steel exhaust, 15-inch split-rim alloys, and a race-spec stainless-steel fuel tank with double fuel pump and remote oil cooler.
Aerodynamic tweaks, including more wind protection in the cockpit and a ground-effect inducing underbody, results in 2,535 pounds of downforce at the car's top speed of 155 mph. It also puts down a rapid 0-62 mph time of 2.5 seconds. While any four-cylinder motorcycle engine can be used, ATS prefers the 1,300cc unit from the Suzuki Hayabusa that comes in various states of tune ranging from 185 to 255 hp. A GM-sourced 1.6-liter turbocharged unit is also available rated at 210 hp, while a road kit ensures the ATS Sport is street-legal in certain countries. Buyers can drive it away for $66,000 or take home an engineless unit for a shade under $45,000.