Historic Ferrari specialist GTO Engineering announces Moderna project

New-build Ferrari 250 SWB creation bridges classic style and modern technology

Berkshire-based Ferrari specialist GTO Engineering has revealed its latest project: a new-build sports car in the mould of Ferrari’s iconic 250 SWB. While it’s becoming more common to see this type of reimagined classic, few companies have experience in the restoration and rebuilding of classic Ferraris as GTO Engineering. 

Instead of being derived from an original (and very valuable) chassis, each Moderna – as the car is currently codenamed – will instead feature a hybrid chassis comprising a tubular steel passenger cell with aluminium subframes to hold the powertrain and suspension at either end. Unlike the 250 SWB of the 1960s, the subframes will support modern independent suspension, as well as bigger brakes, wheels and tyres. 

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The body will be of carbonfibre, which will not only act as a structural part of the chassis but will also translate the soft curves and expertly formed surfacing in a medium that’s very different to the original’s sheet aluminium. The doors and bonnet will keep their aluminium construction though, a decision made to retain the same ‘feel’ as the original.

While the body is ostensibly modern by construction, the car’s quad-cam V12 will find itself more closely aligned to the engine found in the original 250 SWB. The unit is of GTO’s own development, and built to the specification of the iconic Colombo V12 used by Ferrari between 1947 and 1988. While it doesn’t feature any original Ferrari parts, this ‘new’ engine has been developed with GTO Engineering’s extensive experience in rebuilding and tuning originals. 

No specific outputs have yet been revealed, but with GTO’s ability to build a remanufactured ‘Colombo’ V12 between early road car specification and full-bore competition-spec, it will be the customer’s choice whether the engine in their car will be biased for tractable road use or for ultimate performance. GTO Engineering has announced that it will target a sub-1000kg weight figure for its car, which is on par with the original’s circa 950kg kerb weight.

While the overall design will find a majority of its basis in the original 250 SWB, the Moderna will feature a few nods to contemporary design, including new lighting, new exhaust outlets and subtle updates to the grille shape and detailing. 

Availability and pricing are yet to be determined. However, we’d suggest that given the nature of the build, the Moderna will be neither common nor inexpensive. Still, as with many reimagined classics at this level, compared to an original it could be considered a bargain.

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