2015 Torino Design ATS Wild Twelve Concept
This year’s Parco Valentino Salone & Gran Premio, an outdoor car show that featured 25 car makers, 12 designers, and two global debuts, hosted the introduction of the Wild Twelve Concept, a supercar designed by Torino Design and engineered by Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS).
Though only a concept for now, the Wild Twelve is scheduled to go into production in the near future, with ATS planning to build 30 examples. According to Torino Design, production will take place at an old Bugatti factory in Campogalliano, Italia.
Details about the supercar are scarce as of this writing, but Torino Design says it highlights the studio’s 10 years of activity and demonstrates "a high know-how focused on innovation."
Even though Torino Design has yet to build a vehicle thus far, ATS already has a strong portfolio that includes open-cockpit sports cars for both the road and the track, as well as a two-seat roadster, and, more recently, a supercar. All these cars were built with lightness in mind and I expect ATS to follow the same recipe with the Wild Twelve. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at Italy’s newest concept supercar.
Continue reading to learn more about the Torino Design ATS Wildtwelve Concept.
2015 Torino Design ATS Wild Twelve Concept
Horsepower @ RPM:847
Torque @ RPM:678
0-60 time:2.6 sec.
Top Speed:242 mph
Torino Design describes the styling of the Wild Twelve as "harmonic" and "avant-garde," and says it has been created as to "remain timeless and to represent its Italian soul at its best." While these claims are a matter of taste — I can’t see the harmony in it — I have to give Torino Design credit for the unique appearance of the supercar.
You know how most supercars coming from all sorts of new companies (say the 2015 Arrinera Hussarya 33), for example, seem to borrow this and that from certain Ferraris or Lamborghinis? Well, I can’t say the same about the Wild Twelve. This thing is unique front to rear.
Interestingly enough, the car doesn't feature a rear wing. which makes me wonder what kind of performance the Wild Twelve is capable of.
Dominated by angular lines, the front fascia features a split design, with what appears to be a massive air intake separated by a large horizontal piece that looks like an old-school bumper. Details are rather minimalist above and below. The headlamps are small and nearly hidden underneath the body, while the split apron is complemented by a subdued splitter. Interestingly enough, the extra lights on the "bumper" seem to dominate the landscape.
A pair of thin orange lines on the canards adorning the apron add a touch of elegance through a fine contrast with the blue paint.
The simple lines continue onto the sides. The profile is defined by a mostly straight line from the side mirrors toward the rear deck. The rear haunches are quite bland for a modern supercar, which may very well be the result of Torino Design’s attempt to optimize aerodynamics in a "highly distinctive" manner. The race-inspired side skirts feature prominent fins behind the front wheels, while the rear fenders are free of any cooling vents, as these are positioned atop the wheel arches.
Around back, things become a little wilder. The center of the fascia is a massive opening that houses the exhaust pipe. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the Wild Twelve has a jet engine and not a conventional powerplant. Much like the headlamps, the taillights are also concealed under the rear deck, which puts both the central element and the blade-like fins underneath in the spotlight. Down below, the supercar features a massive two-piece diffuser that would put any full-fledged race car to shame.
Interestingly enough, the car doesn’t feature a rear wing. which makes me wonder what kind of performance the Wild Twelve is capable of. On the other hand, the 1993 McLaren F1 also lacked a rear wing and we all know how that went, and how many records it smashed.
|Length||4,400 MM (173.22 Inches)|
|Width||2,000 MM (78.74 Inches)|
|Height||1,200 MM (47.24 Inches)|
Torino Design has yet to release photos of the Wild Twelve’s interior, but given the production car that’s set to follow is aimed at the likes of the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari and 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, it should bring together a range of high-grade, soft-touch materials, plenty of aluminum and carbon-fiber, and state-of-the-art technology. If the exterior is any indication, the cabin too should feature an innovative design, although there’s no hint as to what that may be.
One thing’s for sure though, the Wild Twelve’s cockpit will be more about comfort and luxury than racing. That’s not to say it won’t feature a pair of bucket seats and a flat-bottom, multifunction steering wheel.
Even though most ATS Sport models have four-cylinder engines that displace less than 2.0 liters, the Wild Twelve sports a more exotic powerplant under the hood. Torino Design’s choice is a hybrid drivetrain that combines the gas-fueled power of a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-12 with with two electric motors.
lThough it'll be less powerful than both the 918 and the LaFerrari, the Wild Twelve is expected to be a bit quicker in a straight line and return higher top speeds.
The company claims a combined output of 847 horsepower and 678 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t far behind the Porsche 918’s 887-horsepower and 940-pound-feet rating. At least in terms of horsepower, as the Porsche is obviously the more torquier supercar. For reference, the mighty LaFerrari, also a hybrid, benefits from 963 horses and 663 pound-feet of twist.
The Wild Twelve’s V-12 uses a nine-speed automatic to send its power to the rear wheels, while the electric motors are used to spin the front axle.
Although it’ll be less powerful than both the 918 and the LaFerrari, the Wild Twelve is expected to be a bit quicker in a straight line and return higher top speeds. On paper, the Italian supercar needs only 2.6 seconds to hit 60 mph and 6.2 ticks to reach 124 mph, figures that rival those of the Bugatti Veyron’s. Top speed is also impressive at 242 mph, significantly higher than the LaFerrari’s 217 mph and the 918 Spyder’s 211 mph. What’s more, the Wild Twelve’s projected top speed is only 25 mph away from the Veyron’s Guinness World Record for the fastest street-legal production car in the world.
Performance aside, the Wild Twelve can also run on electricity alone, albeit for only around 19 miles. Still, that’s more than both the LaFerrari and the 918 Spyder can run without gasoline (up to 14 and 12 miles, respectively).
Finger’s crossed these figures will make it on the production car’s spec sheet too.
|Type||3.8-liter V12 twin-turbo combined with two electric motors|
|Combined Output||847 HP|
|Combined Torque||678 LB-FT|
|0 to 60 mph||2.6 seconds|
|0 to 124 mph||6.2 seconds|
|Top Speed||242 MPH|
|Electric Range||19 miles|
The supercar market is becoming increasingly crowded nowadays, especially with so many newcomers looking to join the fun. However, most new companies don’t have the means or the necessary experience to actually turn a concept car into a production model. But there’s a good chance the Wild Twelve might be one of those projects that comes to fruition, mostly because ATS will be in charge of the production process, and the Italians have plenty of experience in building both road-going and track-ready sports cars, as well as the hand-made 2013 ATS 2500 GT supercar. Probably the biggest issue here will be to convince buyers of the Wild Twelve’s potential, which could prove to be difficult given the sticker is expected to rival that of a Porsche 918 Spyder or a LaFerrari.