What you’re looking at here is the starting point of GTO Engieering’s latest homage to 1960s Ferraris. This is the carbon skeleton of Squalo, which will one day hold together the body of that’ll mix classic Ferrari elements with modern touches for what the firm hopes will be the perfect mix of old and new.
Judging by the complexity of the carbon tub, Squalo will be a far cry from the reimagined 250 Ferraris the company is known for. GTO Engineering has partnered with DEXET Technologies to devise a lightweight carbon tub that’s manufactured in three separate sections. The forward element contains the engine and gearbox, the middle gets the cabin (shock, horror) and fuel cell while the rear houses the diff.
A three-section chassis doesn’t exactly sound like a monocoque. If anything, it’s more of a tripl… never mind. Naturally they’ll be bolted together to form one solid structure, which GTO Engineering claims will offer “optimum feedback to the driver, with maximum precision.” The upside is that maintenance becomes a fair bit easier when you can split the chassis into three different sections.
Ultimately, the move to a carbon tub has allowed GTO Engineering to register the Squalo as a modern road car. This is an incredibly expensive procedure, given that it now needs to meet modern safety standards, but it means that cars can be built from the ground up instead of requiring a donor car as before.
“Our goal was always to create something different and unique but keep to what we all fundamentally love about cars – the fun of driving them,” said GTO Engineering’s technical chief Alexander Aucken. “Squalo will be fully customisable to individual specifications, perfectly blending the style and atmosphere of the golden age of sports cars with ground-breaking modern technology, engineering and stimulating engine performance.”
Speaking of the engine, we actually get a little glimpse of it tucked away in the front section of the not-so-mono monocoque. It’s a 460hp, 4.0-litre naturally aspirated V12 that’ll redline at 10,000rpm. It only weighs 165kg, too, which just goes to show how seriously GTO Engineering is taking the whole ‘sub 1,000kg’ target. We’ll find out how the whole package comes together when the car launches in 2023. We can’t wait.
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