Ferrari has used the GTO moniker on just two occasions in the past, once on the original 250 GTO of 1962, and then again in 1984 with the so-called 288 GTO.
In both cases the O stood for 'Omologata' – because both cars were produced for homologation purposes to allow Ferrari to go racing.
The 250 became a well-known sports racing car in the 1960s while the 288 was originally intended as a precursor to a Group B racing series that never actually happened; its prime purpose was still, however, to provide the platform for a proper competition car.
The 599 GTO has no such purpose. When I spoke with Ferrari’s amiable boss Amedeo Felisa over lunch on the GTO’s launch last week (as you do), I asked him if Ferrari had any intention of going racing with the 599, and, if so, whether a return to sports car racing might be under consideration.