De Tomaso revived brand loyal to Ford enginesOctober 29, 2019
Coupe P72 equipped with compressor V8 5.0
New owners of the revived De Tomaso brand shared key details about the engine debuting in the summer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed P72 retrocupé. Prior to that, the information was kept secret, but now the company has confirmed that it has kept one of the most important elements of the brand’s DNA – the Ford engine.
Unlike the racing De Tomaso P70 (Ghia-De Tomaso Sport 5000) of 1965, built in collaboration with Carroll Shelby, the P72 is equipped not with atmospheric, but with a Ford V8 compressor. The unit is based on a modified Roush Performance 5.0-liter engine with a 90 degree camber angle; it is equipped with a specially designed dry sump lubrication system and a mechanical supercharger with four intersecting vanes – this design allows for better thermal efficiency, reduces noise and vibration.
For decades, road De Tomaso equipped with Ford engines. The mid-engined Vallelunga had a Quartet from Ford Cortina; Mangusta, Pantera, Deauville, Longchamp and Guarà also came with upgraded Ford units. Even the racing P70 was equipped with a Ford V8, modified by Shelby.
The development of the engine is not yet complete, therefore, only the target power indicators are known. The return is projected at 711 horsepower and 825 Nm of torque with a cut-off of 7,500 rpm. The motor will only be combined with a six-speed manual transmission of their own development De Tomaso.
At the same time, special attention is paid to the sound of the car: it should remind of the muscle cars of the 60s, but at the same time be “a little more sophisticated”. Another detail: the engineers managed to achieve an almost linear power curve, which made the compressor engine feel like an aspirated one.
At the heart of the De Tomaso P72 is a fully carbon chassis from atmospheric monster Apollo IE, which in addition meets the safety requirements of the FIA LMP. The shape, proportions, as well as the overall stylistics of the supercar turn to the historical sports prototypes “24 hours of Le Mans”; in the interior, much attention is paid to the “analog theme” and tactile sensations.
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