Is the P72 a copy? Glickenhaus is mad at De Tomaso

P72 vs. Ferrari P4 /5 by Pininfarina
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D he this year's Festival of Speed ​​in Goodwood was bursting with sports car innovations. But one car stole the show from the others: the new De Tomaso P72 was unveiled for the first time at the event. The supercar, which revived the traditional company name after many years, garnered many astonished faces and even more applause. The design was well received in England and by car fans around the world. The trade press also praised the design of the P72 across the board.

Gregor Hebermehl
The De Tomaso P72 made its debut at the Festival of Speed ​​in Goodwood.

Copy of the Ferrari P4 /5 by Pininfarina?

Far from Goodwood, in New York City, the jaw of a well-known car fan seems to have dropped when he saw the De Tomaso P72 for the first time. We're talking about James Glickenhaus, a film producer and financier who not only builds cars himself and maintains a racing team, but also owns an exquisitely stocked car collection. Its heart is also a unique piece: The P4 /5 by Pininfarina based on the Ferrari Enzo, which was created in 2006 at Glickenhaus' instigation, but without Ferrari's intervention. Nevertheless, the Italian sports car manufacturer was so convinced of the racing car that it was officially allowed to carry the jumping horse and be part of the one-off program.

It was on this car that Glickenhaus' anger ignited, the one before especially this tweet, which was posted a few days ago, expresses:

“They put tracing paper over our P3 /4, pasted on much of our P4 /5, stole an interior from Horacio, pumped it up like a Vargas Girl and turned it into Anime. I see Koons not Caravaggio. ”- Jim Glickenhaus
“ 'Copy: a thing made to be similar or identical to another' ”- Jesse Glickenhaus pic.

- Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (@Glickenhaus) July 8, 2019
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'You have put tracing paper over our P3 /4 (the Ferrari racing car that served as a historical model for the Glickenhaus Ferrari; d. Red.), much of our P4 /5 added, the interior stolen from Horacio (Pagani; d. ed.), the whole thing pumped up like a 'Vargas Girl' (the Peruvian painter Joaquin Alberto Vargas was known for his somewhat kitschy pin-up drawings Girls; d. Red.) And turned it into an anime. ”Then Glickenhaus makes it clear that he thinks much more of Caravaggio, an Italian painter of the early Baroque, than of the contemporary artist Jeff Koons. And son Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus added a definition of the term copy that he obviously found in an encyclopedia.

Sources of inspiration are the racing cars of the 60s

In fact, there are many similarities between the two cars which, however, is not a great miracle and according to De Tomaso can be explained. After all, both the Ferrari P4 /5 by Pininfarina and the P72 are inspired by racing cars from the 1960s: the Glickenhaus car from the Ferrari 330 P4 mentioned in the tweet, the P72, according to official company information, from the earlier De Tomaso racers Sport 1000, Sport 2000 and P70. If you look at these and other cars from this time, you actually immediately notice strong similarities.

On the US car website 'Jalopnik', a Glickenhaus spokesman goes into more detail. There are similarities between the De Tomaso P72 and P70, for example in the area of ​​the vehicle nose. But those for the P4 /5 are larger: It leads the glazed passenger compartment that tapers towards the rear, the rear wing, the taillights, the wheels and the exhaust pipes that open up into freedom. The cockpit is comparable to that of the Pagani Huayra. 'It's ... somehow ... very close.'


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