Watch and cringe as this incredibly rare supercar scrapes its front lip on live camera.
Take one look at this car and you’ll be convinced that it’s extremely expensive. It has the unmistakable lines of an Italian, mid-engine supercar, which is likely to do with the fact that it is an Italian, mid-engine supercar.
But it’s not a Lamborghini or a Ferrari or even a Pagani. This car is made by Automobili Turismo e Sport, a company that was originally founded in 1963 by a bunch of guys who wanted to show up Ferrari. Their first car was the ATS 2500 GT, a car whose only claim to fame was how its crankshaft would eventually find its way to Alfa Romeo. Only 12 were made and only a few of them survive to today.
The company eventually went bankrupt and its engineers went to work for Alfa Romeo and Lamborghini.
Until 2012, when the Automobili Turismo e Sport name was resurrected by Daniele Maritan, who immediately ordered the development of a new car: the ATS GT. Five years later, ATS debuted the GT, a handbuilt Italian supercar that was capable of standing up to any Ferrari or Lamborghini.
Powered by a 3.8-L twin-turbo V8, the engine comes with two power modes: 650 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque for getting groceries at the corner store, and another with 700 hp and 533 lb-ft of torque for when you want to mash your foot down at the track. All that power is delivered to the rear wheels with the help of a proper 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
Zero to sixty is said to be completed in just 3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 205 mph. Weight is minimized to just 2,866 lbs. Only 12 GTs are to be made with each one selling for $1.15 million.
It also has some extremely low ground clearance, as shown in the above video. Even though the driver is obviously trying to be careful, you can still hear the blood-curdling squelch as the front bumper scrapes along the pavement. It looks like an adjustable suspension was not included in the GT’s development.
Let’s hope that guy knows a good body shop.