De Tomaso P72 will be built at the ‘Ring by the team responsible for the Porsche 919 LMP1

There’s a De Tomaso revival currently underway, with the new iteration of the legendary Italian brand to stick to high-performance cars, the first of which is the stunning P72 supercar which was unveiled in 2019 and is well on its way. for the start of deliveries in the first half of 2023.

De Tomaso provided an update on his progress on Wednesday, announcing he has partnered with an industry heavyweight to help develop and eventually build the P72 and future De Tomaso cars. The partner is the German Capricorn Group, an engineering company specializing in engine development and carbon fiber construction.

Capricorn has worked with a number of OEMs on production cars, as well as in racing, including Formula 1. Perhaps its most notable collaboration was with Porsche for the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car which enjoyed enormous success.

De Tomaso and Capricorn are building a dedicated production facility next to the Nürburgring, scheduled for completion in the summer. Here, the P72 and future De Tomaso cars will be assembled largely by hand. A previous plan to build the P72 in the United States was no longer possible due to pandemic-related disruptions, although De Tomaso still relies on several suppliers located here, including Roush for supply of the 700 V-8 ch of P72.

De Tomaso P72 carbon fiber chassis

De Tomaso P72 wind tunnel tests

De Tomaso P72 wind tunnel tests

De Tomaso P72 wind tunnel tests

De Tomaso P72 wind tunnel tests

Production of the P72 was originally scheduled for 2022, but there have been some major developments since the car was first shown in 2019, which is one of the reasons production has been pushed back to 2023. concerned the chassis and suspension. The previous plan was to use an existing carbon tub from Apollo, the hypercar brand overseen by De Tomaso chairman Norman Choi, but with Capricorn on board the decision was made to develop a new and improved chassis.

The resulting design has a significantly lower center of gravity, according to De Tomaso, along with increased head and leg room, improved safety and lighter mass. There is also a carbon mono-cell which protects the occupants without the need for a roll cage.

Thankfully, the P72’s stunning design will remain intact, thanks in part to extensive wind tunnel testing carried out at the same facility used by Toyota for its Le Mans Hypercar campaign and previous LMP1 and F1 efforts. In order to maintain the original appearance, the majority of aerodynamic work was concentrated on the underside of the car.

Unfortunately, De Tomaso will only build 72 examples of the P72, which means spotting one in the wild will be no small feat.

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