The Ferrari 288 GTO (also known simply as Ferrari GTO) is an exotic supercar approval unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 1984 by the Italian manufacturer Ferrari and built between 1984 and 1985 The name “288 GTO” means having engine 2.8 liter V8 and is a Gran Turismo Omologato (Italian: Gran Turismo Approved).
This model is the first in a line of Ferrari supercars, then continued by the Ferrari F40, Ferrari F50, Ferrari Enzo and Ferrari LaFerrari. Unlike its predecessors, the 288 GTO equipping air conditioning and sound system. The 288 GTO was named the second fastest car in the 1980s by the American magazine Sports Car International, behind German rival the Porsche 959.
This vehicle was created to compete in the new racing series in Group B, for which at least 200 units are required for approval. The engines could be up to 4.0 liter engine (with a correction factor if possessed turbo). However as only Ferrari and Porsche were submitted to compete in races, the championship was abandoned soon after, leaving just the Group B Rally Championship. The Porsche 959 (as the Porsche 961) only raced three times in Group B, but the 288 GTO never raced and all 272 cars built (all originally painted red) remain purely road cars.
6 prototypes were built, of which 3 are confident that they have disappeared (two in crash-tests and one in dismantling for spares). The remaining three are perfectly functional cars, and all have ended up in private hands. The availability of small differences in body design and equipment (such as extinguisher or safety belts 4 anchors) make them the most exotic GTO. One, chassis # 47649.3 is the only official copy repainted by Ferrari: it made for a special event when the car was still owned, until in 1987 a lucky customer got buy.
The head design 288 GTO was Leonardo Fioravanti, who was then working at Pininfarina. The engineer had a long trajectory in Ferrari, with works including the Daytona 308 or the BB is the latter in which Ferrari was based machine to create their Group B and was directly on a real 308 where Fioravanti designed the 288, modified fins, hood, … etc.
The end result is the culmination of a style no longer continue in Ferrari, and is recognized as the most accomplished performance. Releases contemporaries (such as Testarossa) or somewhat later (Ferrari 328 and 348) would new style lines. Unequívocos strokes that connect with their predecessors and other classics are the Ferrari (Dino originals) backstays, the design of the fins (with back showed three gills that connect with other “Omologato” of the house, the Ferrari 250 GTO) and spectacular monotuerca Speedline rims 16 inch with stamping caballino in their chrome centers.