- The De Tomaso P900 packs a 900-horsepower 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-12 and weighs about 2,000 pounds.
- The company claims the V-12 is being developed to run on carbon-neutral synthetic fuel, and a Judd-built V-10 will be available for those who don’t want to wait for the V-12.
- Only 18 P900s will be built, and the wild-looking hypercar will cost $3 million.
The famous De Tomaso name – best known for the wedge-shaped Pantera supercar powered by Ford V-8s and owned by Elvis Presley – has been revived for 2019 with the curvaceous, retro-inspired P72. Now the Italian automaker has unveiled a more extreme, track-only hypercar, the P900, which builds on the P72’s design but brings a new powertrain and chassis.
The P900 – named for its dry weight of 900 kilograms (1984 pounds) – swaps the P72’s supercharged 5.0-liter Ford Coyote V-8 for a 6.2-liter V-12 that makes 900 horsepower and revs to a 12,300 rpm redline pump out While De Tomaso mentions the engine as custom, it also says it comes from Germany, which makes us wonder if it’s related to the 6.3-liter LaFerrari-derived V-12 developed by German racing team HWA and used in the Apollo Intensa Emozione is used, which shares its underpinnings and designer with the P72.
De Tomaso says its “focus remains solely on creating longevity for the naturally aspirated, soulful, internal combustion engines,” so it’s designing the P900’s V-12 to run on carbon-neutral synthetic fuel, a strategy also being explored by Porsche and Porsche become Formula 1. De Tomaso also claims that this engine will be the lightest and shortest V-12 ever.
However, the V-12 won’t be fully ready until late 2024, so for the restless billionaires who need their P900 now, De Tomato will also offer a V-10 built by Judd Power, which appears to be a descendant of the engine from the Benetton B197 that competed in the 1997 F1 season. De Tomaso remains tight-lipped about the P900’s performance figures, but the massive amount of power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels via an Xtrac sequential gearbox.
Despite a familial resemblance to the P72, De Tomaso says the P900 is built around a unique carbon chassis, and it features much more extreme bodywork than the V-8-powered model. An enormous rear wing wraps around the circular taillights and muscular rear fenders and incorporates active aerodynamics. An ultra-wide diffuser also adds downforce, as does a protruding front splitter. The sultry, voluptuous body has gaping air intakes and brake cooling vents carved into it and wraps around a spaceship-like cabin, although De Tomaso isn’t yet boasting about the interior design.
De Tomaso plans to build just 18 P900s, each customized to the owner’s taste at a starting price of $3 million. De Tomaso will also run a racing series for the P900, called De Tomaso Competizione, which will include motorsport instruction and the chance for owners to race their P900s on tracks around the world with support from a team of mechanics and engineers. De Tomaso also offers to provide storage and maintenance at its facilities at the Nürburgring in Germany. The first P900s will arrive in the second quarter of 2023, presumably with the Judd V-10, with the V-12 variant arriving the following year.
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