Who would’ve thought that the fastest Ferrari in the world would be a car that was built 25 years ago? Okay, there’s still that matter of authenticating the time, but still, the feat itself is pretty darn impressive.

Using a stock-bodied 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, the folks over at P4 by Norwood, led by owner Steve Trafton, were able to run the Ferrari at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah at a record speed of 275.4 mph averaged over two trials. Pretty impressive, huh?

Not only were they able to stake claim as the running the fastest Ferrari on the planet, but they also managed to become the fastest sports car in the world, beating the previous record by well over 3mph.

Now, here’s where it gets a little tricky. Despite the body being that of a 1985 288 GTO, the car was able to reach that speed without the help of an Italian engine underneath. What they put in under the hood of the 288 GTO was a 540 cubic-inch General motors V8 with a couple of Borg Warner 80-mm turbos to give the car some added oomph.

Regardless of what’s under that hood of the 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, 275.4 mph is still beyond ridiculous. Let’s see somebody try to go faster than that.


Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

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  (329) posted on 03.15.2011

Not surprising really, considering that it is still a Ferrari after all. But then again, if you think about how old the design is, then this would definitely be a feat.

  (477) posted on 11.22.2010

Let’s put this in another perspective. I can crank 1000 hp from a forced inducted 4 liter engine, but I could also make the same power from an 8 liter engine with forced induction. One is much more likely to survive a 5 mile long speed run.

  (830) posted on 11.17.2010

yeah, Ferrari has something to say about speed.

  (406) posted on 11.9.2010

Are they sure? but I bet this is not a Ferrari.

  (858) posted on 11.3.2010

Car Craft and many others have routinely build 700-800HP NA big block Chevy’s.

  (206) posted on 10.22.2010

True that. I even saw another firebird do 306 one way and 311 back. That was with no turbos but with nitrous.

  (16) posted on 10.22.2010

What do you mean by the fastest "sports car"? A stock bodied firebird has already went 300.787 mph and that was with a twin turbo small block. So this Ferrari is not really that impressive considering they used a big block.

  (676) posted on 10.22.2010

yeah, on that time maybe it’s the fastest.. But i guess the bugatti veyron hold that title nowadays.

  (206) posted on 10.20.2010

Of course it has an American engine. The Ferrari would blow up at 600hp much less 2500hp.

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