The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 is soft in comparison!
The Italian race car manufacturer ATS Automobili is often remembered for its niche products like the 830-horsepower ATS GT but it hopes to make some big waves in the amateur and professional racing scene with its new Corsa RR Turbo. The Italian sports car is a ready-to-race platform that combines excellent power and handling capabilities in a package that is easy to maintain and reliably race over a full season, much like the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4, only much, much faster.
The Corsa RR Turbo is unique in the way that it offers racers worldwide the opportunity to buy into a fully race-ready package that is eligible for multiple racing classes. In the US, the Corsa RR Turbo will be able to race in classes such as the Trans Am, SGT, FARA USA, FP2, and WERC series, and will do so reliably according to ATS.
The Corsa RR Turbo is powered by a mid-mounted turbocharged inline-four engine with air to water intercooler. This motor is capable of producing an impressive 600 horsepower at a heady 8,500 rpm and sends its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential racing transmission with a multi-disk clutch.
The RR Turbo also features advanced components such as full carbon bodywork, carbon-ceramic brakes, forged racing wheels, and three-way adjustable suspension. Downforce is provided by a bi-plane rear spoiler made of carbon fiber, and pit stops are done in the blink of an eye thanks to an air jack system. The whole package weighs in at only 1,763 pounds, including the fully tig-welded roll cage.
With only 30 cars planned for production per year, the Corsa Turbo RR will first be made available in two individual packages, namely Clubsport and Serie Carbonio. These packages are aimed at two different levels of drivers. The Clubsport package allows customers to build their own car from a long list of options, while the Serie Carbonio offers an "all-in" package that's ready to hit the track.
Pricing starts from around $145,000 for the Clubsport, and $181,500 for the complete package. For that money, you could buy a small fleet of Corvette C8s. With an average maintenance cost of $2.50 per kilometer, you're going to pay half the cost of the average GT4 racer, according to ATS, which makes this package all the more appealing. Maybe it's time to stop playing around with your BAC Mono and get behind the wheel of a true race car, one with a 57-year heritage behind its name.