GTO Engineering building sub-1000kg Moderna
Will use a quad-cam V12 to suit the bodywork
A UK-based Ferrari Specialist is working on its latest road car, a vehicle that will take the styling of the Prancing Horse’s 1960s front-engine V12 cars and put it onto a modern chassis and driveline, coming in at under 1,000 kg. The project is cammed the Moderna.
The company is GTO Engineering, and this is the second major project after a 250 SWB Revival launched previously. This time, the company, which has been servicing, building, and maintaining vintage road and race Ferraris since 1991, will be largely making the vehicle on their own.
“We’ve learnt from building the 250 SWB Revival, and working on a range of Ferraris, that a car’s weight and engine are two of the key ingredients to make a good sports car. So, we knew that this car should be under a tonne and powered by a quad-cam V12 – an engine format we are familiar with and developing in-house,” said company Managing Director Mark Lyon.
The Moderna will use a tubular steel chassis but will be fitted with aluminum subframes to save weight. It will also have a carbon fibre shell, and what the company calls “F1-type” carbon fibre bodywork with aluminum doors and hood.
It will be fitted with an independent suspension and modern wheels hiding large modern brakes, but while the company said the car would have a quad-cam V12 they didn’t say what engine would be installed, leading us to wonder if it would be a vintage Ferrari engine, a more modern one, or one of the company’s own creation.
The Moderna doesn’t copy any one specific Ferrari, instead, it takes some of the best cues of the brand’s work over the 1950s and 1960s to create a unique, yet clearly inspired shape. Each car will be built by hand to spec in the UK, and the company encourages interested buyers to contact them.