12 January 2023
The Argentine-born Alejandro de Tomaso (1928–2003) founded De Tomaso in Modena in 1959. It originally produced various prototypes and racing cars, including a Formula One car for Frank Williams’s team in 1970.
De Tomaso also owned the motorcycle company Moto Guzzi from 1973 to 1993. De Tomaso went into liquidation in 2004, although production of new cars continued after this date.
In 2014 a Hong Kong investment fund, Ideal Team Ventures, led by Ryan Berris, acquired the De Tomaso brand at auction. In 2019, after working in secrecy, he unveiled the latest model to carry its badge, the P72.
De Tomaso has trumpeted the arrival of the P900, a track-focused hypercar with a production run of only 18 cars.
The previous creation from De Tomaso was the P72, launched at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2019; subsequently, De Tomaso has a strategic partnership with a German engineering business, Capricorn GmbH, who intends to develop the P900 at a new centre at the Nürburgring.
De Tomaso will fit the P900 with a naturally aspirated V12, 6.2 litres that will rev’ to 12,300rpm and produce 900bhp. Capricorn designed the powertrain, and De Tomaso developed the body.
Drawings dating back to the 60s show that Alejandro de Tomaso envisioned a V12 engine and how proud he would have been.
The P900 should be available in the latter part of 2024 for £2.5 million.