Ascari Cars Ltd. is a British automobile manufacturer that is based in Banbury, England, and founded by Dutch millionaire Klaas Zwart.
The company is named after Alberto Ascari (1918–1955) who was the first double Formula One world champion. Ascari also manages a racetrack, Race Resort Ascari.
|Headquarters||Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Geoff Finlay ceo|
Ascari Cars was established in Dorset in 1995. Its first limited-edition car, the Ascari Ecosse, was launched in 1998. After the release of the Ecosse, Dutch businessman Klaas Zwart purchased the company.
In 2000 Ascari built a new facility in Banbury in northern Oxfordshire. Ascari's second car, the Ascari KZ1, was developed at Banbury, which also housed Team Ascari's racing assets. The premises are now occupied by Haas F1 Team.
|1995||Ascari FGT||Initial concept car created for racing|
|1998||Ascari Ecosse||Production version of the FGT|
|2003||Ascari KZ1||Production version of A410 Race car|
|2005||Ascari KZ1-R||Road-going version of the KZ1-R GT3 race car|
|2006||Ascari A10||Upgraded version of the KZ1|
|1995||Ascari FGT||Racing version of the FGT concept, run in the British GT Championship|
|2000||Ascari A410||Le Mans Prototype|
|2002||Ascari KZR-1||Upgraded version of the A410|
|2005||Ascari KZ1-R GT3||Racing version of the KZ1, running in the FIA GT3 class|
Ascari Race Resort
In 2000 Ascari began developing a racetrack near Ronda in southern Spain. The 5.5 km anticlockwise track includes recreations of famous corners from around the world, and may also be configured as three short tracks. Corners are named after drivers such as Martin Brundle, Bertrand Gachot and Ayrton Senna.
The track and associated resort opened in 2002, with road and racing cars including former Formula One machinery. The resort operates on a membership basis whereby members can use the pits and garages. Open days offer the public track experience in cars such as Lotus Elise, BMW 325i and Radical.
The resort hosted the launch party for Gran Turismo 6 and is featured in the game.