modern Ferrari 288 GTO

Modern Ferrari 288 GTO Concept Leaves us Drooling

Matthew Parsons Pens Sexy New 288 GTO

Updated October 26, 2018

Before the famed Ferrari F40, there was another car which was equally stunning, insanely fast and ridiculously rare – the Ferrari 288 GTO. With only 272 units produced from 1984 to 1987, the 288 GTO was the predecessor to what would become the Ferrari F40. Let’s take a quick look at the numbers before we jump into this modern Ferrari 288 GTO render.

modern Ferrari 288 GTO

The 288 GTO featured a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged engine with 400 hp and 366 lb-ft of torque, which was mounted longitudinally. The longitudinal engine layout provided enough space for all the necessary improvement Ferrari had to install on the 288 GTO. They then integrated a five-speed racing gearbox for some serious performance gains. This was the first production car in the world to reach the speed of 189 mph (304 kph), and the first car to handle more than 300 kph.

modern Ferrari 288 GTO

Back to 2017 and this photoshop rendering; South African designer Matthew Parsons worked on it for months before releasing his renderings and sketches to the press. Taking inspiration from the original model, Parsons successfully integrated modern Ferrari styling cues into the 288 GTO to bring us a refreshingly unique yet startlingly familiar supercar.

Modern Ferrari 288 GTO Design Takes After Siblings

We can clearly see a bit of 812 Superfast influence mixed in here, especially at the back. The front of the car definitely looks influenced by the original model, but the boxy, sharp and pointy edges of the were finely complemented with contemporary styling touches and tech. After all, we can’t exactly rock the pop-up headlights with a modern design anymore…or…can we?

modern Ferrari 288 GTO

In that regard, the lower end of the front features rather interestingly designed front lights. Honestly, if we were talking about Lamborghini, this car could actually stand a chance at production. After all, look at the Sesto Elemento, or the Veneno. Both of those monsters are far closer to insanity and madness than to rationality. Ferrari does similar one-off models from time to time, but they are usually far more restrained and elegant.

While Parsons’ design could use a few touch-ups here and there, I haven’t seen a rehash of an old car like this in a very long time. If Ferrari wants to make things interesting, they need to start paying attention to more works like this modern 288 GTO concept.

modern Ferrari 288 GTO


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