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Friday, April 23, 2021

A compact sized Italian classic sports car powered by a Jap's drivetrain

As usual, We are felt curious when see there's any unique, beautiful or unusual car figure and always want to get to know it more closely, then write it as an article especially for you. The beginning of our encounter with this unique and beautiful car figure was when we visited Pinterest some time ago.
2001 OSCA 2500 GT - 'Dromos' designed by Ercole Spada and bodied by Touring Superleggera. (Picture from: FormulaPassion)
As quoted from CarsThatNeverMadeItetc, the OSCA 2500 GT prototype is bore the OSCA emblem, an old Italian brand that has been dead since 1967 done by the Solbiate Olona-based company named GMP Automobili as a part of the project of the OSCA's brand revived.
2001 OSCA 2500 GT - 'Dromos' designed by Ercole Spada and bodied by Touring Superleggera. (Picture from: Sumally)
Those company founded as a partnership between a former owner of Z Automobili, Luca Zagato  (who was also known the grandson of Ugo Zagato, the founder of the famous Milan-based Carrozzeria Zagato) with a Japanese entrepreneur named Shozo Fujita as financial backing up. Besides that's, reportedly there were many other names involved in the project of the OSCA's brand revived such Mario Colucci (ex-Abarth), Ercole Spada (ex-Zagato designer), Alfieri Maserati II (Ernesto Maserati’s son) and etc.
2001 OSCA 2500 GT - 'Dromos' designed by Ercole Spada and bodied by Touring Superleggera.  (Picture from: Dromos.Powerful.jp)
The sportscar was designed by Ercole Spada and later the bodywork was built by the Touring Superleggera. Then regarding the name, Ercole Spada originally wanted this car to use the 'Dromos' name after the OSCA brand. However, those name had been registered four years earlier by Fiat, then Luca Zagato decided that the car's name was OSCA 2500 GT to avoid conflict with the Italian auto giant. Well, whatever the name, what really matters is that the car comes with an excellent design, showing great care for proportions and style as well as for every detail.
2001 OSCA 2500 GT - 'Dromos' designed by Ercole Spada and bodied by Touring Superleggera.  (Picture from: Dromos.Powerful.jp)
Furthermore, the two-seater compact sports car appears in a distinctive Italian classic style with a length of 4.09 meters, a width of 1.76 meters and a height of only 1.15 meters. As quoted from Wikipedia, this car is said to have some similarities in style to the OSCA made race cars of the 1950s and 1960s. It's can be clearly seen in the design of the faired headlights, a typical design for sports cars of the period. The incredibly low body, combined with the compact overall proportions (even if the overall dimensions are not exaggerated) is reminiscent of Italian sports car made of the 1950s to 1960s.
2001 OSCA 2500 GT - 'Dromos' designed by Ercole Spada and bodied by Touring Superleggera.  (Picture from: Carview.yahoo.co.jp)
Continuing to the rear, the tail appears with a raised design especially in the center area, immediately reminding us of the distinctive style of the Carrozzeria Zagato's classic cars. Furthermore, the distinctive style of the Milan-based coachbuilder can also be found on the roof which is decorated with two bulges which are also reminiscent of the legendary car of the 1950s, the Abarth 750 Zagato 'Double Bubble'.
2001 OSCA 2500 GT - 'Dromos' designed by Ercole Spada and bodied by Touring Superleggera.  (Picture from: Carsot.com)
Finally, the glass surfaces are a tribute to the classicism of the car, especially the rear window and the panoramic windscreen. There is also some leeway for modernity, for example in queues, where a large air extractor stands out. 

The compact sports car is built in the 1998 with a tubular steel frame, light but strong, which have had MacPherson strut type front suspension and rear trailing arms and lower triangles. The two axes were then installed with two stabilizer bars. The mid-engined sports car powered by a 2.5 liter four-inlines machine taken of the Subaru Legacy.
Furthermore, the engine is able to delivering a power of 187 hp at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 235 Nm at 2,800 rpm, so that it is able to make a 780 kg empty weighted car accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 6 seconds and speeding up to the top speed of nearly 250 kph.

The car was presented for the first time in 1999 and a second time in 2001 when its launch was imminent, the project suddenly ran aground shortly after the first photos released by the specialized press and no one know what the reason.😢 Initially, the sports cars would be produced as much as 300 units, but in fact only one prototype has ever been made. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUPERCARS | CARSTHATNEVERMADEITETC | WIKIPEDIA | COACHBUILT ]
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