15 years later, De Tomaso is back. The company unveiled the P72 Supercar last week during the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Founded in 1959, De Tomaso Automobili went into liquidation in 2004 the year after its founder Alejandro de Tomaso passed away. Ten years later, in 2014, a Chinese holding company, Consolidated Ideal Team Ventures, acquired the rights and a year later bought back the whole company for 1.05 million euros.
Norman Choi, ITV and De Tomaso Chairman said, back in May, about the project: “[…] Ideal Team Ventures is widely known for its success with the re-birth of Apollo Automobil. Our latest project, the Apollo IE, has received worldwide accolades not only for its striking design and engineering expertise, but also for the philosophy behind the brand, the car and our team’s precise execution strategy. The same core team behind Apollo, including our technical partners, will now embark on the revival of the legendary Argentine-Italian automotive brand that is De Tomaso Automobili.”
The new De Tomaso P72 is indeed close to the Apollo Intensa Emozione, or IE for short, as it’s built on the same bespoke all-carbon fibre chassis.
Design-wise, the P72 supecar is based on a failed venture between Carrol Shelby, Peter Brock and Alejandro de Tomaso himself. The race car that was supposed to come out of this partnership, the De Tomaso P70 was aborted, resulting of only one complete unit built.
Jowyn Wong, Chief Designer of Exterior and Interior at Apollo Automobil, penned the supercar has an homage to the P70.
Choi added during the P72 launch: “We are delighted to announce the launch of this exclusive car. We have devoted numerous days and nights developing a car that can live up to its predecessor. The P72 evokes the spirit of Alejandro de Tomaso, the brand and the eras that this car represents.”
Just like its name, the P72 will have a limited run of 72 copies. The company says that the starting price should be around 750,000 euro and that they are now accepting deposits.
No specifications were unveiled as of yet but De Tomaso revealed that the P72 will get a “proper manual transmission”.