Automobili AC Announces 592bhp, 780kg Turbo

rubles ATS RR Turbo side The Italian firm designed the supercar specifically for racing; it is the right to compete in most FIA-sanctioned tournaments in Europe

A little-known Italian automaker, Automobili AC, has unveiled a model called the RR Turbo, designed specifically for racing.

AC stood out as one of the first companies to release a street-legal mid-engined car, the Scaglione-designed 2500 GT in 1963, but looked elsewhere for inspiration when it started designing the RR Turbo.

The coupe has the typical proportions of a modern mid-engined supercar, but the ATS has gone to great lengths to make the PP Turbo as light and as fast as possible.

Lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon fiber help keep the dry weight down to 780kg, making even the Alpine A110 (1098kg) look broad-boned. What's even more impressive when you consider that the list of standard features includes an integrated roll cage, an integrated fire extinguisher and a suspension that is fully adjustable via a dash-mounted touchscreen.

The turbo RR engine is a turbocharged 2,0-liter four-cylinder petrol unit sourced from Honda and modified by AC to deliver 592bhp and 390lb ft of torque. It spins the rear wheels through a six-speed paddle shifted sequential gearbox and limited slip differential. Full specifications remain under wraps, but power-to-weight ratio hints at jaw-dropping acceleration times. Carbon ceramic brakes are available.

The ATS was founded by a group of Ferrari defectors in 1961 to compete directly against that Maranello marque, but only lasted until the end of 1964, building only 12 cars. The brand was revived in 2014 and the new company revealed its limited edition, McLaren based GT supercar in 2017.

ATS is designed by Turbo Rubles for shoppers who want to peddle. He says the car is eligible to race in most FIA-sanctioned tournaments held in Europe, including the GT championship and hillclimbs.

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It's on sale now, starting at 110,000 (currently £97,525). There's no word yet on whether the coupe will have road models, although it will inevitably have to gain some weight if it is to be eligible to wear license plates.

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