Genesis of the Ferrari 250 GTO or the story of a legendary racing car
Initially, a Colombo V12 engine
In the beginning, there in the 1950s, an engineer working somewhere in Italy for a small automobile manufacturer designed a V12 engine that was extraordinary in time, to the point of giving his name to the engine. Our designer was called Gioacchino Colombo; the engine was named V12 Colombo.
It was a 250cc engine and that’s how the Ferrari 250 was born. But that’s not yet the legend of the racing car. A series of racing cars will be designed from this model: the Ferrari 250 S, the Ferrari 250 MM, the Ferrari 250 Monza, the Ferrari 250, Testa Rossa, the Ferrari 250 P and of course the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO.
Here is a Ferrari 250 GTO Photograph that we took during the Chantilly Concours D’élégance.
Then an evolution of the model.
From this little marvel is actually born an ingenious association between the chassis of the 250 GT SWB and the 1.5 L V6 engine of the 205 Testa Rossa. It was the chief engineer of Ferrari Giotto Bizzarrini who took charge of it. But he will soon be fired and with him his small band of engineers after a little argument with the owner, Enzo Ferrari. A new engineer will take over with Mauro Forghieri, who will be supported by designer Sergio Scaglietti.
And the world knew the legend GTO
GTO stands for “Gran Turismo Omologata”, (approved for Grand Touring). It was a very odd thing for this homologation because according to the FIA regulations, sports cars must be built at least 100 copies before the model receives a homologation.
Here is another shot of the gorgeous Ferrari 250 GTO
Limited copies for the Ferrari 250 GTO
The Ferrari 250 GTO was built in only 39 units. But she will soon be at the height of her name. It will be a triumph over the next three years, with thousands of admirers glowing in the sun and under the eyes of its legendary body aesthetics made entirely of aluminum. She will be triple world GT champion in 1962, 1963 and 1964. Thus was born the legend of the red racing car, the GTO 250.