Automobili Turismo e Sport
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|Full name||Automobili Turismo e Sport S.p.A.|
|Founder(s)|| Carlo Chiti
|Noted drivers|| Phil Hill
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Debut||1963 Belgian Grand Prix|
|Final race||1963 Italian Grand Prix|
The company was formed by Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini, among others – intending for it to be a direct competitor to Ferrari both on the race track and on the street. Chiti and Bizzarrini built, with sponsorship from the Scuderia Serenissima's Count Giovanni Volpi, a road-going sports car and a Formula One car.
The sports car was the ATS 2500 GT, a small coupé developed by Chiti and Bizzarrini with a Franco Scaglione-designed bodywork built by Allemano. The engine was a mid-mounted 2.5 L V8 engineered by Chiti, capable of achieving 245 hp (180 kW) and accelerating to 257 km/h (160 mph). Only 12 cars were reportedly built, and few exist today. Apart from being one of the first mid-engine sports car (René-Bonnet Djet in France is said to have beaten it to the market by a few months), 2500 GT never gained fame or popularity, but its 90 degree DOHC V8 with a flatplane crankshaft was later developed into Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 engine in 2 L, 2.5 L and 3 L formats by Carlo Chiti at Autodelta.
The F1 car was the Tipo 100, a 1.5 L V8 engine powering a chassis that was a virtual copy of the outdated Ferrari 156. Drivers Phil Hill and Giancarlo Baghetti, also fleeing from Ferrari during a period of political turmoil, were signed to drive the new car, but a dismal season forced Chiti to close the door on the racing team. The ATS would later be used in the Derrington-Francis F1 project spearheaded by Rob Walker's former chief mechanic, Alf Francis.
In 2012, 50 years later, ATS began to build 2 new cars the ATS SPORT 1000 and 2500 GT.
In 2013, the new ATS 300 Leggera, a 2-seater spider with retro style, was announced.
Official website www.ats-autosport.com
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|1963||ATS 100||ATS V8||D||MON||BEL||NED||FRA||GBR||GER||ITA||USA||MEX||RSA||0||18th|
- Ingram, Antony (2013-11-24). "ATS 300 Leggera Sports Car Revealed".