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While supercars and hypercars tend to multiply, almost at the risk of becoming commonplace, some are still trying to get out of the “ordinary”. In terms of exterior design, the P900 follows the formula of the P72 in 2019, itself inspired by the 1965 De Tomaso P70 racing car. The hypercar is based on a monocoque and a carbon fiber body.
While some parts are taken from the road-going hypercar, including the fender-mounted headlights and canopy, most of the bodywork is new with even more extreme aerodynamic details and components. At the front, the splitter has larger fins, the hood has a new air intake and the front fenders are more pronounced with integrated gills. While the P72 was closer to the purity of the lines of the sports cars of the 60s, the P900 has a more loaded design. At the front, we notice the double side fins which run along the wheel arches, themselves open in their interior part in the LMP prototype way, as well as the central air intake on the plunging hood.
It is at the back that the design becomes more baroque. A massive rear wing, whose curved ends dipping down to the underbody are fitted with LED strips, uses active aerodynamic technology, of the Formula 1 DRS type, which is connected to the new ventilated engine cover by a central fin. Round turbine-style LED taillights are combined with a set of round gold-finished tailpipes positioned above the large diffuser. The rear air intakes are huge. We don’t have any interior photos yet, but one can imagine a race-oriented atmosphere with racing bucket seats and lots of exposed carbon fiber, given that this P900 is intended for track use.
The set is therefore quite particular, mixing the style of the 60s with a form of bio-design and a retro-futuristic side. Curious and daring mix, which is somewhat reminiscent of the Pagani.
A bio V12?
De Tomaso fitted the P900 with a naturally aspirated V12 built by the German engineering firm Capricorn which has a lot of motorsport experience. DeTomaso asserts that the V12 of the P900 is the lightest and smallest to date, with a weight of 220 kg. The motor will spin up to 12,300 rpm and will be compatible with carbon neutral synthetic fuel, for an advertised power of up to 900 horsepower. Power will be transmitted to the rear axle via an Xtrac sequential gearbox. The company didn’t reveal performance figures but did advertise a dry weight of 900kg, indicating a power-to-weight ratio of 1kg per horsepower.
Development of the V12 is still ongoing and will continue into 2024. However, impatient customers who want to get their De Tomaso P900 as soon as possible have the choice of an alternative powertrain in the form of a V10 Judd of about 750 horsepower.
The De Tomaso P900 will make its public debut in the summer of 2023. The 18 lucky owners of the $3 million hypercar will have access to support from De Tomaso engineers to prepare their P900 for track days. The company said there were still construction slots available for purchase. So you know what you have to do!
A few years after the P72, De Tomaso Automobili is doing it again with a P900 supercar which announces top-notch performance thanks to a thermal V12 given for 900 horsepower. The supercar also stands out with a rather daring design, a mixture of tradition and futurism.