The Italian sports car manufacturer De Tomaso is back from oblivion. The De Tomaso P72 made its debut at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now the motorization for the small series has also been determined.
In 2019, the De Tomaso brand is 60 years old. For this anniversary there was a special kind of gift: what was packaged as a gift for a long time under the project name Project P, is now a full-blown super sports car after the gift wrap was happily torn.
The P72, as it is called, was created by the same team that built and developed the Apollo IE. It quotes historical super athletes, not without hiding a certain similarity to Apollo.
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A flat front hood is flanked by narrow LED headlights that are integrated into obscenely large rudder bridges. The rounded shapes of the mid-engine athlete have something almost erotic about them. Passengers are accommodated in an arched, fully glazed cell, the lateral sweep line ending in even more massive rear fenders with huge air openings. The rear shows a narrow window, at the bottom of which there is a large golden opening for the engine to exhale. The strong fenders are connected by a spoiler edge integrated into the bodywork. Underneath, the designers have placed circular LED lights and the “De Tomaso” logo. Of course, a diffuser is integrated into the apron as a finish.
Ford V8 with over 700 hp
De Tomaso kept a low profile in technical data for a long time. A V12 engine was still running under the glass hood of the carbon racer presented at Goodwood. Now the Italians are definitely testifying: The P72 will have a Ford engine again. The five-liter supercharged V8 is inflated by the American Roush tuner to over 700 hp and over 825 Nm, should turn a maximum of 7,500 turns and is only coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox. In terms of limit values, it will be approved for the European and American markets. Mileage data has not yet been provided.
The company is only building 72 of the hypercar at a unit price of 750,000 euros. By the way: The P72 is designed in accordance with the FIA LMP hypercar regulations, which allow it to start in Le Mans from 2021.
For a long time there was silence around De Tomaso: the Italian sports car specialist dissolved after decades of failure in 2014 due to bankruptcy. But the name still sounds good, after all, his most successful model, the Pantera, has not been forgotten to this day. Now the brand is supposed to go back to making cars.
The Chinese company ITV (Ideal Team Venture) had already bought the rights to De Tomaso’s name before the company was dissolved. ITV has already revived the Apollo supercar, 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.
In 1959, Argentinean 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 bodywork, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, caused a sensation: around 400 vehicles were sold to customers. In 2003, the elegant athlete attracted 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 Panther: the successful model was sold more than 7,000 times; all other models did not exceed double or triple-digit sales figures. After the Panther it was only downhill. The 1993 Guarà did not convince the fans: less than 40 copies were made with repeated interruptions. In 2009, the Italian company IAI (Innovation in the Automotive Industry) bought the rights to the De Tomaso name. The IAI filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and the managing director was arrested in 2012 on suspicion of embezzlement of millions.
THE TOMASO P72 is back: All models of the Italian sports car brand.
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CONCLUSION TOMASO P72
De Tomaso = cultured! However, the last time the brand was successful was about 40 years ago, so the term “De Tomaso” can hardly trigger emotions among many young people. So the car has to fit: elegant, fast and modern on the driving side. But what De Tomaso shows is looking back. Chic, yes, fast, also yes, driven by the times, certainly not. And the model also lags behind in terms of design. There’s nothing left of the legendary style.