50 Years Later, the ATS 2500 GT Is Finally Going Into Production
The original Ferrari slayer is back from the dead
Under the hood of the car you see above are 650 reasons you should never piss off your engineer.
Because back in ‘61, when Ferrari was running away with the F1 title, they were also rubbing the gents who designed said F1 cars the wrong way. The board of directors had tired of the influence Enzo Ferrari’s better half, Laura Dominica Garello Ferrari, held over the company. Rather than appease his team, Enzo canned ‘em all.
The result was the creation of Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS), an enemy of Ferrari’s own making.
ATS ran in a string of Grand Prix before throwing in the towel on their race program in ‘63. But they didn’t just want to hit Ferrari where it hurt on the track — they also created a deft street-going ride, the ATS 2500 GT, which was revealed at the ‘63 Geneva Motor Show. Despite punching well above its weight on the technical front, the handsome coupe never went to production, and the whole business shuttered in ‘64, having only produced 12 makes total.
But rarely do rivals die quietly. And some 50 years later, the Italian ATS announced a revival project in 2012. Now, after a fair amount of teasing, talk and renderings in the years since, the 2500 GT successor is finally here.
ATS GT (3 images)
The steed was officially revealed at the 2017 Salon Privé Concours
It’s carbon fiber throughout both body and chassis, perhaps a not-so-subtle hat tip to the LaFerrari. Under the hood, she’s working with a 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 mounted behind the cabin, with a 7-speed dual-clutch tranny pushing
While the new GT takes design cues from the original, it still has all the makings of a contemporary supercar, from ergonomics to touchscreen infotainment to sensors in lieu of door handles.
“We use words such as challenge, adventure,
Only 12 special edition
There’s definitely a new supercar in town.
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