The bespoke, naturally aspirated V12 engine, hails from Germany and signifies a fresh projection for the De Tomaso hallmark. Enthralled by the long-standing history of De Tomaso, owner and CEO Norman Choi, finds inspiration in the historic archives, using any information he can gather on the past aspirations of the brand to bring light to untold stories within its history. Upon discovering that De Tomaso had originally planned to develop an in-house V12, Norman made the decision to fulfil this dream and continue the work that Alejandro had originally planned, albeit with a modern-day twist.
While De Tomaso acknowledges the future for electric vehicle technology, their focus remains solely on creating longevity for the naturally aspirated, soulful, internal combustion engines that enthusiasts so often yearn for. Guided by their strategic engineering partner Capricorn, De Tomaso has begun development on an entirely new 12 cylinder platform that can be run solely on synthetic fuel – in essence, the worlds-first carbon neutral V12. The structural (stressed) powertrain boasts a 6.2L capacity, 900 hp and a rev limiter topping out at just shy of 12,300 rpm.
The development of this new platform not only symbolizes the move towards an alternative future for internal combustion engines but also a commitment to the future vision of De Tomaso. No expense has been spared in the engineering process of this new platform, De Tomaso are confident that this engine will be the lightest and shortest V12 the world has ever seen and hope that this will in turn set the standard for automotive manufacturers looking to continue the legacy of the internal combustion engine.
“At De Tomaso, we pay an enormous amount of attention to the driving experience, in part a large majority of this complex matrix can be attributed to the sounds and vibrations, in essence, the feeling of a naturally aspirated engine firing on all cylinders. As a passionate automotive enthusiast, it is difficult for me to accept a silent EV driven future. We believe that alternatives do exist, and the development of our new platform, driven by synthetic fuels, is our solution for keeping this shared passion for the theatre of combustion engines alive. This venture into synthetic fuels, represents our commitment to the pursuit of a zero emissions mobility future without sacrificing the crucial element which we all hold so dear – the soul and symphony of an engine” – Norman Choi, CEO