A Brief History Of The Ferrari 288 GTO
Group B circuit racing, Twin Turbo V8 and a body to die for. That’s the 288 GTO for you. Apart from the Group B bit. That series never took off meaning that Ferrari was ‘stuck’ with 272 road cars to sell. Which they did…
So how did the 288 come about well that’s what we’re about to find out…
To learn about the GTO we need to first look at the 308 GTB. The 288 was a homologated version of the 308. It was designed to compete in the Group B circuit racing series. Gr.B required that a minimum of 200 road cars needed to be produced so Italians being Italians they made 72 extra. Unfortunately, the Group B racing series never took off leaving Ferrari with 272 road cars to shift.
The 288 GTO used very advanced materials for the 80s. Some of them being Kevlar and Carbon Fibre. These were all used in the pursuit of shedding weight for the ultimate performance.
The GTO used a 2.9 Litre Twin Turbo V8 producing 400 HP (298 kW) and 366 LB-FT (496 NM) of torque. This gave the 288 a top speed of 179 MPH (288 KM/H). Coincidence? I think not. 0-60 was pulverised in 5 seconds flat. (Road and Track’s figures).
In 1987 Ferrari made 5 special editions of the 288 called the 288 Evoluzione. The Evoluzione produced 650 HP and weighed a mere 940 KG. The Evo was a pre production version of the F40 that Ferrari used to test their ideas for the F40.
Well that was a brief history of the Ferrari 288 GTO. Did I miss anything? Let me know!
Thanks for reading!