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Ferrari 288 GTO

• The Ferrari GTO (often referred to as Ferrari 288 GTO) (Type F114) is an exotic homologation of the Ferrari 308 GTB produced from 1984 to 1987 in Ferrari's Maranello factory, designated GT for Gran Turismo and O for Omologata (homologated in Italian). Contrary to what is reported historically in the press, the Ferrari GTO was not immediately born to compete in the new 1982 Group B Circuit Race series;

• Enzo Ferrari did not have overall control of the Road Car division, which was at the time managed by the General Director Eugenio Alzati and the FIAT MD (CEO) Vittorio Ghidella. In 1983 Mr Ferrari noted from discussions with close friends and clients that the road car sales were falling due to stronger competition from rival car makers and what he described as the "excessive gentrification" of the Ferrari model lineup

Design

• With GT for Grand Turismo and O for Omologato, the 280 GTO is an exotic homologation of Ferrari sports cars. This model, equipped with a GTO Evoluzione kit, was considered high-tech and avant-garde for its times. Its modifications included the use of Kevlar and carbon fiber as well as engine, chassis, and safety system upgrades.

• The GTO was based on the rear mid-engine, rear wheel drive 308 GTB, which has a 2.9 L (2,927 cc) V8. The "288" refers to the GTO's 2.8 litre DOHC 4 valves per cylinder V8 engine as it used a de-bored by 1 mm (0.04 in) with IHI twin-turbochargers, Behr air-to-air intercoolers, Weber-Marelli fuel injection and a compression ratio of 7.6:1.[10] The 2.85 litre engine capacity was dictated by the FIA's requirement for a turbocharged engine's capacity to be multiplied by 1.4. This gave the GTO an equivalent engine capacity of 3,997 cc (4.0 L; 243.9 cu in), just under the Group B limit of 4.0 litres.

Performance

• Test results by Road & Track:
0–30 mph (48 km/h): 2.3 s
0–50 mph (80 km/h): 4.1 s
0–60 mph (97 km/h): 5.0 s
0–70 mph (113 km/h): 6.2 s
0–80 mph (129 km/h): 7.7 s
0–100 mph (161 km/h): 11.0 s
0–120 mph (193 km/h): 16.0 s
Standing 1⁄4 mile (402 m): 14.1 s at 113 mph (182 km/h)
Top Speed: 189 mph (304 km/h)

Production

• As a comparison, Silverstone Auctions notes that a genuine Ferrari 288 GTO sells for over GPB 2,5 million (ca. $3.3 million). However, few would dare drive one of those vehicles on the road