British engineering firm and Ferrari specialist GTO Engineering is now taking orders for its latest Prancing Horse-inspired project.
Codenamed Moderna, it’s claimed to be a sub-1000kg, hand-built sports car “celebrating the best of 1960s motoring with modern and motorsport-derived engineering”. It follows up the firm’s new-build run of ’Ferrari’ 250 SWB Revival models previously announced, and is said to be nearing the production stage, with new renders giving a closer look at its final styling.
The new model, said to take learnings from GTO Engineering’s near three-decades of experience of building and looking after road and racing-spec Ferraris, uses a tubular steel chassis with aluminium subframes and an “F1-type-spec” carbonfibre body. The doors and bonnet will be aluminium, however.
Although not specifically mentioned, it’s clear from digital drawings that styling inspiration will be taken from the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO racer. However, it doesn’t appear to be a straight-up recreation, rather a reimagined modern version of that car with some tweaks, including a unique ‘double-bubble’ roof design. Modern details include an exhaust and lights “modernised with updated electrics and internals”.
The Moderna will be powered by a quad-cam V12 engine - another '60s Ferrari throwback - which is on the verge of being assembled for the first time. Capacity is undisclosed, but GTO has promised to “increase driver engagement” with a number of motorsport-inspired components.
It's estimated that each model will take 18 months to hand craft from GTO Engineering’s Berkshire base; 300 house of labour go into the engine alone, while each car can be tailored to the requirements of the owner.
No price has been detailed, but if the firm’s 250 SWB Revival is anything to go by, expect it to be in the high six figures.