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De Tomaso is back with the jaw-dropping P72 supercar

And we saw it in the metal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Move over, Ferrari. A returning Italian brand is out to impress the supercar world. PHOTO BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

Back in October, De Tomaso expressed its intent to make fascinating cars again just like it had done in its heyday. Images of modernized Panteras and remodeled Mangustas quickly came to mind, powered by throbbing American V8 engines. Well, the reborn Italian automaker has just come up with something completely mind-blowing.

This car looks truly incredible from any angle. PHOTOS BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

It’s called the P72. An absolute stunner, this car is. And our very own writer Frank Schuengel got to see it up close at the just-concluded Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. Although we’ve already published a rather extensive collection of photographs from the event, the gorgeous P72 deserves special attention.

Michelin wants you to know it made the tires. PHOTOS BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

The designers at De Tomaso must have been inspired by classic Le Mans racers—such as the Porsche 917—as the P72 has a low-slung nose, a bubble canopy and an upswept rear end. While it would be nice if this thing came with gun pods and rocket launchers as standard, it does have distinct design features such as what seem to be turbine exhausts for the taillights and what appears to be gold plating under the engine cover.

The details are so astonishing that we don’t know where to look first. What a rump. PHOTO BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

The De Tomaso P72 is so named because only 72 examples will reportedly be produced. No official specs have been released so far, so it is quite possible that this and other cars in the brand’s stable will be motivated by high-revving Italian V10 or V12 powerplants.

Welcome back, De Tomaso.

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