De Tomaso P72: the resurrection of a cult brand

Gregor Hebermehl
De Tomaso P72
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2 In 019 the De Tomaso brand name was 60 years old. For this anniversary there was a special kind of gift. What was packaged as a present for a long time under the project name Project P is now, after the wrapping paper has been happily torn open, a full-blown super sports car.

The P72, so be it Name, was created by the same team that built and developed the Apollo IE. It cites historical super athletes - not without concealing a certain similarity to the Apollo.

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The De Tomaso P72 is based on the Apollo IE.

A flat front hood is flanked by narrow ones LED headlights integrated into obscenely large wheelhouses. The rounded shapes of the mid-engine athlete have something almost erotic about them. The passengers are accommodated in a fully glazed, arched passenger cell, the sweeping sideline ends in even more massive rear fenders with huge air openings. The rear shows itself with a narrow window, on the underside of which there is a large golden opening for exhaling the engine. The strong fenders are connected by a spoiler lip integrated into the body. Underneath, the designers have placed circular LED lights and the 'De Tomaso' logo. Finally, a diffuser is of course integrated into the apron.

Ford V8 with over 700 hp

De Tomaso kept a low profile on technical data for a long time. A V12 engine was still working under the glass bonnet of the carbon racer presented in Goodwood. Now the Italians are definitely declaring: The P72 will again have a Ford engine. The five-liter V8 with supercharging is inflated by US tuner Roush to over 700 hp and over 825 Nm, should turn a maximum of 7,500 tours andis only coupled with a manual six-speed gearbox. In terms of limit values, it is to be homologated for Europe and the US market. Mileage data have not yet been given.

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Production in the USA

The company only builds 72 of the hypercar at a unit price of 750,000 euros. By the way: The P72 is designed according to the FIA ​​LMP hypercar regulations, which allow it to start at Le Mans from 2021. The De Tomaso is to be built in the USA. In October 2020, the company announced that it was negotiating a production location with numerous US states. The location decision should be made within six months. The start of production for the new De Tomaso is dated at the end of 2022.

For a long time it was quiet around De Tomaso: The Italian sports car specialist was dissolved in 2014 due to insolvency after decades of failure. But the name still has a good ring to it, after all, its most successful model Pantera has not been forgotten to this day. Now the brand is supposed to manufacture cars again.

The Chinese company ITV (Ideal Team Venture) had already bought the naming rights to De Tomaso before the company was dissolved. ITV has already revived the Apollo super sports car, among other things, and the investor was also involved in the introduction of the AC Cars brand. Now the Chinese are relaunching the traditional De Tomaso brand.

Eventful history

In 1959, the Argentine racing driver Alejandro de Tomaso founded the sports car manufacturer De Tomaso in Modena, Italy. The first vehicle produced was the Vallelunga presented in 1963, followed by the Mangusta in 1966. Its body, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, caused a sensation - around 400 vehicles were sold to customers. In 2003, the sleek athlete got attention again: In Quentin Tarantino's film 'Kill Bill', Bill (David Carradine) drives a De Tomaso Mangusta. From 1971, De Tomaso was finally an established sports car manufacturer because of the Pantera: The successful model sold over 7,000 times - all other models did not exceed two or three-digit sales figures. After the Pantera it was only downhill. The 1993 Guarà did not convince the fans - fewer than 40 copies were made with repeated interruptions. 2009the Italian company IAI (Innovation in Auto Industry) bought the rights to the name De Tomaso. IAI filed for bankruptcy in 2011, and the managing director was arrested in 2012 on suspicion of misappropriating funding in the millions.

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