Get ready to learn your new word of the day: “Squalo”. It means “shark” in Italian. And this name is borne by the new sports car from GTO Engineering, which was inspired by the most famous Italian exotic of the 1960s. Quite the recipe.
Previously the project was codenamed “Moderna”, but due to its “shark-like appearance, instinct and speed” GTO Engineering felt it appropriate to drop the pun and christen the creation Squalo. You need a bigger boat, etc.
The recipe remains drooling: less than 1,000 kg is powered by a 4.0 liter quad cam V12 engine. No turbo. No compressor. No hybrid boost. And a manual transmission. It makes you proud to be Italian … um, British. The Squalos are built in GTO’s picturesque workshops just outside Reading, England. And these renders show what you said in “So what will it look like?” To expect. Department. What is Italian for “damn great”?
Important details have now been deregistered. Door handles, exterior mirrors and the custom-made 18-inch alloy wheels have frozen their design. Apparently, bespoke tires are even being developed for the car. Right work that. But as we found out when we tried GTO Engineering’s Ferrari 250 SWB Revival, they like to do it that way.
Company founder and boss Mark Lyon says: “It is often the small parts of a car that last the longest. We are now at a stage where the design models are being created here in the UK and soon we will be announcing our technical partners who will be working with us on the exterior and interior as well as the wheels and tires.
“In all my years in the [automotive] In industry, I’ve never been as excited about the creativity of manufacturing and design as I am now. “
We have been informed that the orders for the production run are pending and the cars are to be delivered in 2023. Better clear a space in your underground bunker garage between your Eagle E-Type and Singer …