Ferrari 250-inspired GTO Engineering Moderna previewed in sketches

    Published On Nov 09, 2020 08:00:00 AM


    Codenamed Moderna, the model will take leanings from the company’s three decades of experience looking after Ferraris

    British firm and Ferrari specialist GTO Engineering has announced a new project codenamed Moderna. Previewed in design sketches, the car seems to draw inspiration from the Ferrari 250.

    • To be powered by a quad-cam V12 engine
    • Will feature tubular steel chassis and carbonfibre bodywork
    • Weight under 1000kg

    Although not specifically mentioned, styling inspiration will be taken from Ferrari 250 racing cars. However, it doesn’t appear to be a straight-up recreation, rather a reimagined modern version of that car with some tweaks, including a unique ‘double-bubble’ roof design. Modern details include an exhaust and lights “modernised with updated electrics and internals”.

    What is known about the GTO Engineering Moderna

    The car is claimed to be a sub-1000kg, hand-built sports car “celebrating the best of 1960s motoring with modern and motorsport-derived engineering”. It follows up the firm’s new-build run of ’Ferrari’ 250 SWB Revival models previously announced.

    The new model, said to take learnings from GTO Engineering’s near three-decades of experience of building and looking after road and racing-spec Ferraris, uses a tubular steel chassis with aluminium subframes and a “F1-type-spec” carbonfibre body. The doors and bonnet will be aluminium, however.

    The Moderna will be powered by a quad-cam V12 engine, another '60s Ferrari throwback, of undisclosed output. GTO intends to “increase driver engagement” with a number of motorsport-inspired components.

    It's estimated that each model will take 18 months to hand craft from GTO Engineering’s Berkshire base; 300 man hours alone go into the engine, while each car can be tailored to the requirements of the owner. There are no details yet as to the pricing.

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