“Living up the GTO namesake was always going to be tough, with the 250 GTO being considered by many as the greatest sports racer that Ferrari ever produced. For Ferrari to revive the GTO moniker, and the incredible racing pedigree it evokes, the new car would surely be expected to at least match the motorsport success of its hallowed relative. *Enter the 288 GTO; Ferrari’s answer to the hugely popular FIA Group B series, which although was rally based, promised a road racing derivative which peaked the Italian Great’s interest. In order to take part, Ferrari needed a production run of 200 cars, which it duly set about making. Although the series never materialised, Ferrari produced a total of 272 cars. A racing Ferrari for the street, the 288 GTO combined strength, low weight and power. At first glance the car bore more than a passing resemblance to the 308 GTB, but the GTO had a longer wheelbase, shorter overhangs and sported flared wheel arches to accommodate the wider wheels needed for racing. The GTO housed a 2855cc V8 engine, bolstered by twin IHI turbos, creating a package capable of 400 brake horsepower. The 288 GTO is one of the best-loved cars to have ever come out of the doors of Maranello’s most famous factory.
This fine 1:18 scale model of the Ferrari 288 GTO has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Ferrari regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.”