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|
|First entry||1963 Belgian Grand Prix|
|Final entry||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The F1 car was the Tipo 100, a 1.5 L V8 engine powering a chassis that was a virtual copy of the outdated Ferrari 156.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 2013, the new ATS Leggera, a 2-seater spider with retro style, was announced. Now the car is not produced anymore.
In 2015 ATS has been sold to Piero Jacometti and the new ATS Wild Twelve has been presented in June 2015.
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".
- Ingram, Antony. "Torino Design ATS Wild Twelve concept introduced at Parco Valentino Salone with 860 PS hybrid power".