GTO Engineering Blessed Our Roads with This Glorious Ferrari 250 GT SWB Replica
September 15, 2020
It goes without saying that Ferrari’s magnificent 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione is one of the most iconic race cars of the early ‘60s. While it may not be as popular as The Prancing Horse’s revered 250 GTOs launched between 1962 and ‘64, the GT SWB remains a genuine showstopper in its own right. This superstar stacked up some outstanding victories at Spa-Francorchamps, Tourist Trophy and the almighty 24 Hours of Le Mans.
As of 1960, the masterpiece was put in motion by means of a vicious 3.0-liter Tipo 168B Colombo V12, engineered by Gioacchino Colombo. This naturally aspirated piece of machinery prides itself with three Weber 38 DCN carburetors and two valves per cylinder head.
At 7,000 rpm, the SOHC behemoth is capable of generating up to 275 hp, joined by a crushing torque output of 203 pound-feet (275 Nm) at around 6,000 revs. A four-speed manual transmission is tasked with channeling the engine’s sheer force to a rear-wheel-drive.
Ultimately, the SWB is blessed with an impressive top speed of 167 mph (268 kph) and will accelerate 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in no more than 5.7 seconds. Additionally, this bad boy will gladly run the quarter mile in a mere 14 seconds. That’s not too bad for a car that’s been launched over half a century ago, right?
The whole structure is enveloped in a timeless aluminum bodywork designed by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. Up front, it is supported by a double wishbone unit with coil springs and Koni tubular dampers, accompanied by a live axle that houses Koni shock absorbers and semi-elliptical leaf springs on the opposite end. Most notably, the 250 GT was the very first Ferrari GT vehicle to be equipped with disc brakes.
Now, when it comes to spotless Ferrari restorations and state-of-the-art replicas, the Brits over at GTO Engineering aren’t messing around. The Twyford-based firm houses a crew of gifted craftsmen that boast a combined experience of over 200 years in the automotive realm. Recently, they stunned the world with their 250 GT SWB Revival, a staggering replica of the Berlinetta Competizione. Needless to say, it is one of the sexiest four-wheeled machines money can buy and guarantees to leave even the most pretentious petrolhead speechless.
“The 1960 Competition car is the one to have; not only is it the shorter chassis, which improves drivability and handling, it also has disc brakes and an aluminum body rather than steel,” says Mark Lyon, GTO Engineering’s managing director. “The 250 SWB Revival is a ‘best of’ based on original drawings and knowledge, with an added usability, drivability, and the option to make it as road or race-focused as you’d like.”
As many as 300 hours are invested into developing each and every V12 powerplant, which is truly mind-boggling! GTO offers a total of three engine options, namely a 3.0-liter mill and a larger 3.5-lter counterpart, topped off by one fierce 4.0-liter leviathan. Additionally, their customers may choose between a four- and five-speed manual gearbox.
In terms of stopping power, it is handled by a similar setup to that of an authentic SWB Berlinetta Competizione from 1960, but overhauled with modern equipment. To improve braking performance even further, lightweight aluminum calipers may be installed on request. The firm’s clients may opt for 15-inch or 16-inch polished wheels.
Inside, you will find a gorgeous cabin wrapped in elegant leather, with either lap belts or racing harnesses gripping the seats. The GTO team will be more than happy to add a plethora of optional upgrades, such as a high-definition audio system, air conditioning or a race-ready roll cage, to name a few.
Last but not least, these fascinating works of mechanical art are priced at approximately $1,000,000 a pop. Although that might seem outrageous, it begins to sound like a bargain when compared to an original 250 GT SWB’s colossal price tag.
Wouldn’t you just love to take this beauty for a spin on the track?