Italian sports car maker ATS plans a comeback by launching two new models: a revival of the 2500 GT and the Sport 1000.
It was only last week when we talked about the revival of the Ermini brand and now it seems that another Italian name has been brought back to life. The Bologna-based ATS company plans a comeback in the automotive industry with two new models.
The first one is a reboot of the firm’s 2500 GT that was showcased during the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. That was one of the first mid-engined vehicles in the world, powered by a V8 2.5-liter engine that delivered 210 hp (156 kW) that was enough for a top speed of 241 km/h (150 mph). In 1964 they released a more powerful (+50 hp) and lighter version, known as the 2500 GTS.
The ATS 2500 GT is going to be made around a tubular chassis with carbon panels and a composite bodywork. It will feature a mid-mounted 4-cylinder Cosworth turbo engine that should produce approximately 550 hp (410 kW). With a targeted curb weight of less than 1000 kg (2204 lbs), it should turn out to be a quick car.
The other model planned is the Sport 1000 which is described as being a true racing car but road-legal. This car will draw its inspiration from the Radical SR3 and will be available with one of the engines from the following motorcycles: Suzuki Hayabusa, Yamaha R1 or the Honda CBR. Also in the works is a 200 hp MV Augusta-powered model. ATS plans on offering it as a kit car as well.