The affordable sports car
Sport car manufacturer ATS (Automobili Turismo e Sport) continues the evolution of its Sport by launching a series of technical improvements and presenting a new entry-level version.
Following its introduction in 2013, ATS has incessantly continued to develop its Sport model by testing new technical solutions, with the objective of improving the driving performance and experience of its track car. Aerodynamically, the new Sport features a new front layout, with the introduction of new air inlets, to guarantee for better cooling and a greater down force capacity.
From a structural viewpoint, the 2016 Sport model required several critical changes in its chassis, in order to meet new crash test safety standards required by the FIA, since the Sport was to participate in various world championships in the E2B Sport Prototype category. In this context, no less important were the changes made to numerous components and different materials, now improved in quality, in order to reduce the weight of the vehicle as much as possible so that it falls within the limits established by the FIA for this category. The weight of the new Sport, depending on the engine size, now varies from a minimum of 390 kilograms to a maximum of 435 kilograms.
In addition to focusing on development, ATS has also designed a new entry-level version called “Dieci,” which aims at pleasing all those clients who wish to enter the world of motor sports but who want affordable prices without sacrificing top quality and performance on the track. The ATS Sport Dieci still remains a sporty car with a pure driving quality conceived for those enthusiasts who desire an essential driving experience but who demand the best technology available in this market. The new Sport Dieci turns out as being the best performing sporty vehicle in its segment with a competitive price, while also being extremely easy to service. In fact, ATS has engineered its vehicle to limit the costs of management, studying car parts, including various one-piece components, which can be symmetrically employed on the car, allowing to cut in half the costs of spare parts.
The new Sport Dieci boasts a Honda 1000 motorcycle engine with 190 horsepower and an important power/weight ratio of 490 hp/ton. It is equipped with a 25CrMo4 stainless steel chassis, weighing just 55 kilograms, a 25CrMo4 50mm steel rollbar, and a front-mounted honeycomb crash box, all CSAI/FIA approved, therefore, allowing the Sport Dieci to compete in any Italian and European championship. The Sport Dieci is already equipped with a Quaife adjustable limited-slip differential. Its independent suspensions are fully adjustable and developed for ATS.
The braking system is manufactured exclusively by Tarox, with regard to both the six-piston calipers mounted in series, as well as the front and rear ventilated discs. The body in GRP is ultralight and divided into three parts that are easily removable with quick-coupling connectors, the result of extensive wind tunnel tests. The MXL dash is manufactured by AIM, while the steering wheel and seat belts by Sparco. The 13-inch light alloy rims are separable with the possibility of a central attachment. The radiators have been designed and developed to specifications in aluminum, in order to reduce the weights by increasing cooling.
The new Sport Dieci will be marketed at the first half of 2016 with prices starting from $43,500.