Automobili Turismo e Sport
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|Full name||Automobili Turismo e Sport S.p.A.|
|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 racing 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 cars (the René-Bonnet Djet in France is said[by whom?] 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The F1 car was the Tipo 100, a 1.5 L V8 engine powering a chassis that was a virtual copy of the outdated Ferrari 156.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 1963 Formula One season forced Chiti to close the door on the racing team. The ATS would later be used in the Derrington-Francis project spearheaded by the Rob Walker Racing Team's former chief mechanic, Alf Francis.
After the demise of ATS, Bizzarrini moved to Lamborghini before building his own cars as Bizzarrini, while Chiti founded Autodelta together with fellow ex-Ferrari engineer Lodovico Chizzola, which would work closely with Alfa Romeo for the following decades.
In 2013, the new ATS Leggera, a 2-seater spider with retro style, was announced.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|1963||ATS 100||ATS V8||D||MON||BEL||NED||FRA||GBR||GER||ITA||USA||MEX||RSA||0||18th|
- Stiel, Simon (2006). "Rebels Without Speed: The ATS Fiasco". F1 Rejects. Archived from the original on 22 March 2013.