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The extreme Ferrari that was intended for racing but never ran

One of Ferrari’s most iconic models is the F40, which was introduced in 1987 and is the Commendatore swan song before he left the monster on August 14, 1988. The development and construction of the F40 was based on the 288 GTO Evoluzione, an extreme Group B specification that was introduced in 1986 to compete on a racetrack.

The events, however, took on Scuderia as the tragic accident that cost the lives of Henry Tivonen and his co-driver Sergio Kresto on the Rally of Corsica in May of the same year led the FIA ​​to take the decision to abolish this legendary racing class.

Group B was introduced in 1982 and is widely regarded as the “golden age” of the races, particularly the Rally. The freedoms given to the engineers led to the creation of some of the most impressive race races, such as Audi Quattro, Lancia Rally 037, Lancia Delta S4, Peugeot 205 T16, Ford RS200, Renault 5 Maxi Turbo and Nissan 240RS.

The racing games featured four-wheel drive, impressive bodywork, large airfoils and engines with a brutal performance of over 600 horsepower. The Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione was based on the extreme version of the conventional 288 GTO, with an impressive appearance and a body full of aerodynamic aids.

It used an upgraded version of the 2.9-liter V8 with a 288 GTO twin turbo, which for the occasion delivered 650 hp at 7,800 rpm. The weight of the vehicle did not exceed 940 kg, while its performance was breathtaking. It took 4.1 seconds for the 0-100 km / h process, and its final speed was 362 km / h.

The plan of the Italian brand was to build 20 copies of the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione to get the necessary confession, but the abolition of Group B forced the company’s people to change their shots. Just six 288 GTO Evoluzione were built, the first being “hit” on a conventional 288 GTO.

One was used as the prototype for the evolution of the F40, while the others are supposed to be in collections around the world. Needless to say, this is a sought-after model with its selling price rising to seven-digit number.