For $40,000 You Can Have Your Very Own Ferrari 288 GTO... Replica
The kit/replica car world isn't exactly trustworthy. It isn't exactly the last word in quality and often the cars end up as abominations no sane or rational human being would ever want. They are best left alone for the benefit of everyone else. Or are they?
Ferrari is the company most copied for obvious reasons. Ask anyone, including your non car enthusiast friends and even they know Ferrari is the benchmark for power, beauty and speed. Naturally this comes with a cost, a rather large, unobtainable cost. So what is someone to do who wants the Ferrari look but can not afford it? Easy, make a copy and fool 90% of the population. If you can live with the lie you are telling the general public it is the easiest way to get some of the Ferrari thrill without selling a vital organ.
As I stated above these replicas are fairly crap. Most of the time they look vaguely like the car they are supposed to replicate. They often look like you told someone drunk off their ass on absinthe to draw the copied car. The proportions come out all wrong and what you're left with is something so ugly that nobody of sound mind would want it. Enter today's Ferrari 288 GTO replica. The 288 GTO is my favorite Ferrari, something about the lines dripping with 80's glory. The 2.8 liter twin turbocharged V8 speaks to me more than most engines. I love the story about how it was built to go racing but regulations changed and rendered it obsolete as a race car but Ferrari made it anyway. I love that car and I would consider any attempt to replicate it blasphemy.
Thing is though it doesn't look that bad. All things considered you have to look really close to out this as a fake. It costs £29,950 ($39,827) and that is a stupendous amount of money to pay on what is effectively a heavily modified Toyota MR2. The MR2 may be a fantastic car, they may call it the poor man's Ferrari, but it isn't a Ferrari. Nor is the 3.0 Liter Toyota V6 sitting where the turbocharged 3SGTE 4 cylinder engine should be.
As for the bits that try to fool you into thinking this is a Ferrari we start with the body, which is fiberglass. The interior has been restored using Mazda MX-5 seats wrapped in leather. New center console wrapped int leatherette. If your goal was to fool people into thinking you bought a Ferrari, it does a good job. It even uses Original Ferrari 288 GTO taillights and fog lights.
I honestly do not know what to think about this car. One part of me wants to blast this car, call it a fake, call it a cheap attempt to recreate one of my all time cars. The other part of me wants to buy the kit and build one of these myself. As replica cars go this is one of the better ones I've seen. It may not be the real thing but you got to give the builder their due. I think at the end of the day all kit cars suffer from the same problem. The fact that it can look, sound and go like the original but you will always know it is a copy, a fake, not the real thing and that poser feeling takes something away from what is a very good car.