At the launch, Corfield spoke about the history of the marque and highlighted some of the innovative technologies which the original Atalanta models featured. The revived company uses modern technology to enhance performance and safety, while the 1930s English sports car styling is retained including the tall and narrow tyres so as to give a good driver “feel” and ride comfort.
All components for the car are new, with more than eighty-five percent of them (castings, axles, springs, steering system and etc.) being unique to Atalanta’s design and they are packaged within hand crafted aluminium over ash coach built structure.
Corfield mentioned that the aim at Atalanta Motors is to reproduce the positive and enjoyable characteristics of vintage motoring in a reliable and useable manner that is relevant to today’s driving environment. The new Atalanta gives a stylish, exhilarating drive with easily accessible performance, comfort and engaging handling which delivers driver satisfaction even at modest speeds. In short, Atalanta Motors is about style, innovation and performance.
Only seven of the original cars built still exists today (around 20 were ever built) and four of the current owners were present at the event. Rory Watson, son of Neil Watson, helped to unveil the car together with Martyn Corfield. He mentioned that it was an emotional experience and he would never think that something that his father created many years ago would be revived. He also added that he is very sure that his father would be very proud of what Corfield and his team have achieved.
Former motorcycle GP champion and F1 champion, John Surtees, OBE was also present at the event mentioned that it was nice to see that enthusiasts still exists and are willing to put their heart and resources into such a project as the Atalanta.
Limited commissions for the 2012 Atalanta 'Revival' are being taken and each will be built to an individual specification as a unique vehicle.
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