Davide Cironi we climb aboard the Mini De Tomaso Turbo

Davide Cironi takes us on a ride in the model perhaps most unknown of the brand De Tomaso. The Mini De Tomaso Turbo was born in 1976 with a source engine Daihatsu with 75 BHP of power.

Andn 1975 empresario Argentine Alejandro De Tomaso acquired 25% of the brand Innocenti, which allowed him to take full control of the automobile factory in italy. The brand was reborn under the name Nuova Innocenti S. p. A. and since the year 1976 began assembling the Innocenti Mini 90 and 120.

But by 1978 was born in DeTomaso mini, a model similar to the previous Innocenti, although with a front renovated and a motorization more powerful. For that then, Alejandro DeTomaso which already owned virtually all the shares, he had to make some adjustments to achieve adapt their engines to the new european legislations and the old engines BMC had to be replaced.

from 1982, the Mini began to use a three-cylinder engine of 1.0 litre of origin Daihatsu. As the power of the engines Daihatsu was somewhat poor, Tomaso added a turbocharger IHI, achieving a maximum power of 75 HP at 6200 rpm and a maximum torque of 95 Nm, obtaining at that time the turbo engine, the world’s smallest.

Davide Cironi takes us on a ride on this true legend, an important if somewhat unknown page in the history of De Tomaso, a brand that has inexplicably fallen into oblivion after poor management on the part of the heirs of Alejandro De Tomaso, scam to the Italian state of its subsequent owner Gian Mario Rossignolo, a sale failed to the owners of the team Lotus Formula 1 and the Italian ATS, to then culminate in the hands of a chinese company, which over two years of its purchase, still has not given signs of life.

Classic: Innocenti Mini De Tomaso