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An underrated beauty: The Ferrari 288 GTO

The 288 GTO is an often forgotten about Ferrari that was produced from 1984 to 1987 and only 272 were ever produced

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Introduction

The 288 GTO is a gorgeous 2-seat, manual sports car from Ferrari that is now worth up to $3 million. Many people say that the 288 GTO was going to go rally racing and while that is somewhat true, Enzo Ferrari didn't have control over that as Fiat had taken charge.

Ferrari wiki

Ferrari wiki

Engine and transmission

Ferrari as well as other manufactures had great success with turbocharging in Formula 1. Even though the 288 wasn't the first turbocharged Ferrari (the 208 was). The 208 however had no inter-cooler which made reliability and performance somewhat lacking because of high levels of heat in the combustion chamber. The car used a 2.9 L twin-turbocharged V-8 that would later be in the F40, one of the greatest cars ever made. Mated to the glorious flat-plane crankshaft V-8 was a 5-speed manual making this car a true drivers machine. The engine could produce 395 horsepower and 366 lb ft of torque, which is substantially in a car from this period and i am sure this car is a lot of fun to drive. I forget to mention it has dual overhead camshaft technology and 4-valves per cylinder.

Road & Track

Road & Track

Performance

The 288 has a 0-60 mph time of 5.0 seconds and 0-100 mph in 11.0 seconds and considering it was a car built in the 80s, was rear wheel drive and a manual I would say those are strong figures. The 288 GTO also had a top speed of 179 mph.

Goodwood

Goodwood

Evoluzione variant

The 288 GTO Evoluzione was a racing version of the car and only six were ever built, one of which was just a prototype. The Evoluzione added more aggressive aero which gave it much different styling and of course Ferrari added lots more power. It was introduced in 1986, but I believe the model year is 1987. It was originally going to be a Group B rally car, however the series was cancelled, so they had to come up with a new idea. Which was a track focused variant. It uses the same 2.9 L flat-plane crankshaft, DOHC, V-8 that is still twin-turbocharged only it has been upgraded and tuned to push out 650 horsepower at 7,800 rpm. It only weighed 2,072 pounds which is still very impressive and it always will be. Not to mention it had a top speed of 225 mph which is still wickedly fast. It has lots of added vents and massive front canards that extend on the front bumper. It had a large front splitter and carbon fiber wing. Lots of these characteristics would later inspire the great Ferrari F40. All six are still in existence and one is with Ferrari themselves.

Talacrest

Talacrest

So thats the 288 GTO. It is an underrated beauty and a beast of engineering from none other than Ferrari. Huge shout out goes to Mason Bloom for inspiring this article. I recommend you go follow him for his great content! As always thank you for reading and if you enjoyed don't forget to bump and follow me and I will follow you back!

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Comments (5)

  • The official name of the car is Ferrari GTO, 288 has been added by dealer/ enthusiasts/ journalists to avoid confusion with the 250GTO. The car was built for Group B but not necessarily for rallying. Group B as the replacement for the previous Group 4 was also intended to be the GT category in sportscar racing, and there was a Group B category at Le Mans in 83-86 IIRC. Only Ferrari with this car and Porsche with the 959 ever seriously considered building cars for Group B racing though and it was scrapped along with the rest of Group B in 86.

    While it may have less you tube videos and instagram posts than the F40 (mainly due to it being intentionally much rarer and also they are far more valuable today) but I've never heard it being described as forgotten before.

      19 days ago
  • I have always loved this car 😍

      19 days ago
  • Great YouTube video of Alain de Cadenet driving this one.

      19 days ago
  • yess sir 🤩

      19 days ago
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