The 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO

Ferrari 288 GTO

I’d like to take a moment and talk about one of my favorite cars of all time: the 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO. The grandaddy of the Ferrari Supercars.

You might be asking “what is the 288 GTO”? “I thought the F-40 was the first true Ferrari supercar?”

Wrong. The only reason why so many people assume the F-40 is is because so many more were produced.

The Ferrari GTO was built to compete in the new Group B Race series and a minimum of 200 cars were required for homologation. However, after the death of Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto in the 1986 Tour de Corse, the FIA disestablished the class, leaving just the Group A Rally championship. As a result, the 288 GTO never raced and all 272 cars built remained purely road cars.

What really saddens me is the fact that this car never gets the recognition it deserves on the internet or TV. Some people claim that this car is just the 308 GTB that has had a slight upgrade and is a knock off and nothing more.

Sorry to dissapoint you but the GTO is far more than the 308 will ever be in my opinion in terms of beauty and power.

Unlike the 308’s 2926 cc engine, the GTO’s 2855 cc engine was mounted longitudinally, using the 308’s rear boot space. This was necessary to make room for the twin turbochargers and intercoolers. The racing transmission was mounted to the rear of the longitudinal engine moving the rear differential and wheels aft. As a result the wheelbase was 110 mm (4.3 in) longer at 2,450 mm (96 in). The track was also widened to accommodate wider wheels and tires (Goodyear NCT 225/50VR16 tires mounted on 8 x 16″ Speedline wheels at the front and 255/50VR16 mounted on 10 x 16″ wheels at the rear) to provide increased cornering and braking performance and the ability to apply 400 hp (298 kW) and 366 lb·ft (496 N·m) of torque to the ground. The GTO was an impressive performer with 0-60 mph times in the upper 4 second range. Ferrari claimed 0-125 mph (201 km/h) in 15 seconds flat. Top speed was 189 mph (304 km/h), making it the first street-legal production car to reach 300 km/h (186 mph)

When the car was first produced it set a record for the fastest production car in the world with 400bhp giving it the power it needed until the Porsche 959 came along and beat its record.

Today, the GTO is still under appreciated by many even though those who are interested in the car can only be lucky to find a seller. And if you do find a seller be ready fork out at least $800,000 for one because that’s the value of these rare machines because owners aren’t willing to give them up easily.

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