Ferrari 288 GTO Coupe - Ferrari's Group B Monster That Never Went Racing

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During the 80s, Group B was as important, if not any more than Formula One for manufacturer’s to establish their reputation as a capable competition car maker. Ferrari wanted a piece of the action for themselves too. This was despite the fact that the prancing horse had never competed over rally circuits, but the 288 GTO was being specifically developed to change that very notion.

The Ferrari 288 GTO Coupe thus, was a limited edition 200-example run machine that was created specifically for homologation purposes. It got its styling from Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina, who was also responsible for the design of the iconic Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ and also the Ferrari 308 GTB on which the 288 GTO was based. While from the outside, the Ferrari 288 GTO resembled the 308 GTB to striking detail, there was nothing similar under the skin of this homologation special. The V8 engine was mounted longitudinally rather than transverse which increased the wheelbase from 234cm to 245.1cm. This change was made specifically to accommodate the added twin turbochargers and its corresponding plumbing. The frame was made from the latest Formula One technology that consisted of steel tubes, fibre glass, Nomex and Kevlar.

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  • The 288 GTO was never intended for rallying, it was to compete in Group B GT road racing. Porsche did something similar with the racing version of the 959, the 961.

    However, because building Group C prototypes was much cheaper and held more prestige, the 961 was the only real entry. Group B GT was stillborn as a result. The 288 GTO Evoluzione was also built for this purpose, but by then the category was already dead.

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  • Interesting article.

    The 288 was the last real Grand Turismo Omologato as the newer models have no racing inspiration.

    One of my favourites of all times. :)

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