Ferrari News – The V12 Of GTO Engineering’s Squalo Sixties Homage Is A Thing Of Beauty
GTO Engineering has revealed the design, specification and performance of the V12 engine to power its upcoming Squalo sports car – and it’s shaping up to be very special indeed.
Having restored vehicles and created the 250 SWB Revival, the UK-based Ferrari specialist is now setting out to build a car all of its own, inspired by sports cars of the Sixties and called the Squalo. Due to arrive with buyers in 2023, the car is a front-engined, two-seater reminiscent of Sixties Ferraris like the 250 SWB, but shares no parts with vehicles from the Italian firm.
The newly-built, 4.0-liter, quad-cam V12 will be mated to a manual gearbox and produce “over 460bhp”, GTO Engineering says, and rev to an astonishing 10,000rpm. The company is aiming for its engine to weigh less than 165kg, undercutting a 1960 Ferrari 4.0-liter V12 by a little over 10kg.
But despite the performance – the Squalo is hoped to weigh under 1,000kg – GTO Engineering says its priorities are on creating a V12 that is “as light and as enjoyable to drive as possible.”
The British company says it has outlined three goals for its naturally-aspirated V12: to be as at home on a grand tour as it is on a race track, to be as light as possible, and to use modern manufacturing processes to create what GTO believes will be “the ultimate V12 road car engine.” I suspect Aston Martin and Gordon Murray might have something to say about that.
Mark Lyon, founder and managing director of GTO Engineering, said: “People often ask us what the similarities are between Squalo and any 250-series car, and it’s easier to say this: there are none. There aren’t any parts that are shared between the two…Every part and configuration on our quad-cam V12 has had a complete engineering re-focus to ensure our engine for Squalo is the very best it can be.”
As well as focusing on the engine’s performance and weight, GTO Engineering is paying attention to how the V12 looks, too. The air intake assembly is attached to the hood, so when lifted the engine’s polished chrome trumpets are proudly on display.