Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ferrari 288 GTO Treated Like the Group B Rally Car it Was Designed to Be


Ferrari conceived and created the 288 GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) purely as a homologation special, but it never really fulfilled its Group B rally car role, as the class was dissolved in 1986. However, 272 of these twin-turbo 2.9-liter V8-powered mid-engined coupes were built between 1984 and 1987, and all ended up as road cars.

Few of its current owners probably treat it as badly as a rugged rally car should be, understandably preferring to wax its body in the garage, then just look at it chiseled 1980s good looks.

Still, there are those who know what it was intended for, and aren’t afraid to use it as such, like the people behind the increasingly renowned YouTube channel TaxTheRich100 who recently made their own British countryside interpretation of Gymkhana in a pristine-looking 288.

Naturally, since it’s shot in the same style and cued to the same music, it’s just as spectacular as their other videos, though it does not top the Rolls Royce rally car one they uploaded a while back. It’s still up there, though – nothing beats seeing a red Ferrari from back in the day, using its 400 hp to powerslide around hairpins, on a surface as loose as dewy grass.

By Andrei Nedelea


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