A small Italian car manufacturer dubbed Automobili Turismo Sport, or ATS, has just revealed a brand new sports car with its ATS Sport 1000 which joins an ever increasing number of lightweight, track-day sports cars.
Automobili Turismo Sport was actually founded way back in 1962 and has pretty much laid dormant ever since. The company originally entered the Formula One world championship to battle Ferrari, but after only 5 races, Automobili Turismo Sport the racing team died. However, the company did manage to produce a small sports car from 1963 to 1965 with the ATS 2500 GT of which just 12 examples were produced.
Fast forward 50 years and we come to what’s essentially the successor to the ATS 2500 GT. The ATS Sport 1000 features a chassis made of stainless steel and aluminium which help to ensure the ATS Sport 1000 actually weighs under 500g. In fact, the aforementioned chassis weighs just 55kg while the entire shell of the ATS Sport 1000 weighs just 57kg. What’s more, the ATS Sport 1000 is available both as an FIA approved racer, as well as a road-legal variant.
Powering the ATS Sport 1000 is the motorcycle engine from the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 tuned to now produce 200hp. This small yet high-revving powerplant is then mated to a lightweight transmission driving the rear wheels. The ATS Sport 1000 then features a limited slip differential, comes with fully adjustable shock absorbers and a front honeycomb crash box as well as an aluminium fuel tank.
The ATS Sport 1000 track version is set to cost $33,385 while the street version will set you back $58,110.