ATS RR Turbo gets 600hp Honda four-pot

Reborn Italian car maker ATS Automobili has opened a new Corsa racing division by producing a 769hp per tonne model called the RR Turbo. Using a 600hp engine based on Honda’s turbocharged 2.0-litre within a base shared with the roadgoing ATS GT, the Dragon gains a large front spoiler, canards and a fixed rear wing as part of its race makeover. It’s pitched at hobbyist circuit drivers and racing teams alike, with eligibility to compete in series such as the German VLN and European hill climbs thanks to FIA homologation.

If that headline hp/tonne output weren’t evidence enough of the motorsport-focus beneath the skin, hear this. Revealed at the Best of Italy festival, the RR Turbo mates its engine and six-speed sequential gearbox together in one monobloc, which comes attached directly to the tub at its core and surrounding spaceframe chassis. Then there's double wishbone pushrod suspension, adjustable shocks and carbon ceramic brakes. It all sounds very prototype-esque.

The engine itself has been completely reworked by ATS, with forged pistons, a new Garrett turbine and a bespoke head. There are also bespoke manifolds for the intake and exhaust, helping to give the four-pot its peak 600hp at 8,500rpm and 523lb ft of torque from 4,000-7,000rpm.

First born in the sixties before going bankrupt and then relaunching in 2017, ATS says the track RR Turbo harks back to its racing heritage, which includes operating a Formula 1 team from 1963 to 1965. The firm’s new model certainly has an old school sports car look about it, much of which is taken straight from the GT it first put into production last year using a McLaren-sourced 3.8-litre V8 with 800hp.

The racing model's use of a four-pot helps trim weight as well as keeping costs down, with the new racer starting at €110,000 plus taxes, about Β£117k with VAT. First deliveries are due just in time for the next season of racing in spring 2020.

Pic credit: Best of Italy

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  • ZX10R NIN 18 Sep 2019

    There's a hint of Ferrari on the road car.

  • gigglebug 18 Sep 2019

    My first thought was Carerra GT.

    Edited by gigglebug on Wednesday 18th September 13:18

  • HM-2 18 Sep 2019

    I like that a lot, actually. Hits of Ferrari, Carrera GT and 918 Spyder, but very much it's "own" thing.
    Lights and front splitter arrangement seem like a modernised reimagining of 60s endurance racers (Chevron, Lola et al)

  • EDLT 18 Sep 2019

    "Corsa racing division" doesn't sound so glamorous outside of Italy.

  • Turbobanana 18 Sep 2019

    EDLT said:
    "Corsa racing division" doesn't sound so glamorous outside of Italy.
    Known locally as "Halfords".

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