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 £117k with VAT. First deliveries are due just in time for the next season of racing in spring 2020.
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