DE TOMASO IS BACK WITH THE P72
De Tomaso hinted on a return earlier this year, and now we have a good look at what they've come up with. Based off of the defunct P70 project from the 1960's, the P72 is achingly pretty and pays respects to the P70 project. The project was originally going to be headed by Carol Shelby himself in conjunction with Alejandro de Tomaso, before eventually pulling the plug to focus on the GT40 project.
With the De Tomaso brand going into a period of stagnation and the death of Alejandro de Tomaso 2003, it was bought by the Hong Kong-based CEO of Apollo Automobil in 2014. Rather than just recreating the Pantera for the modern day, De Tomaso was set to return to the automotive world with something more substantial in context to their history.
The P72 itself is build on the carbon chassis originally developed by AMG-supplier HWE. This same carbon chassis was used for the Apollo IE. The design was penned by Jowyn Wong who has created the design for the Apollo GT1-inspired hypercar.
Every part of the P72 is beautifully crafted to be unique. The interior itself is particularly wonderful. Every stretch of the interior is wrapped with either leather or some form of bespoke metal. Its no surprise that there will only be 72 units produced, each costing around $850,000. The P72 makes Paganis and Koenigseggs look like Civics.
For the engine, there's little detail about the powerplant, but what is known is that Apollo has a naturally-aspirated Ferrari-based V12 in their parts bin. This not only fits the chassis, but also works with a manual gearbox. More details will come as the Goodwood Festival of Speed continues.