GTO Engineering confirms Squalo name for Project Moderna car

GTO Engineering confirms Squalo name for Project Moderna car

Fri 23 Apr 2021

Words: Elliott Hughes | Photography: GTO Engineering

GTO Engineering has revealed that Squalo (shark in Italian) will be the official name of its new 250GTO-inspired car, previously codenamed Moderna. The Berkshire-based company also released images of final exterior updates that give the new car a production-ready look.

The name was characterised by styling cues that are reminiscent of a shark (the side vents being obvious examples), along with the ferocity of the car’s speed and performance. That speed will come from a bespoke quad-cam, naturally aspirated V12 mated to a sub-1000kg steel chassis that is wrapped in carbonfibre and aluminium bodywork. The specific power output and weight of the engine are set to be revealed in May.

GTO Engineering says that the engine is now “production-ready” and that the design team has “...signed off on the all-important exterior aesthetics including the door handles and wing mirrors”.

Bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels are currently in the late stages of development and will be wrapped in bespoke rubber “produced by a leading manufacturer in conjunction with GTO Engineering”. Additionally, the company says it has introduced further lightweighting measures since February’s previous project update.

Development of the new car seems to be going well, and GTO Engineering’s founder and managing director Mark Lyon has bullishly doubled-down on the high expectations for the Squalo:

“There’s been an outpouring of admiration for what we’re doing here, and we realise there’s a little bit of scepticism as to whether we’re actually making this: a V12-powered, sub-tonne sports car with a 1960s feel, but with modern reliability, enjoyment and manufacturing quality. We’re here to hopefully set the record straight to say, yes, it’s happening and we’re sticking to our original ethos for the car as well as our timing promises for production.”

The Squalo will be hand-built at the company’s Twyford HQ in the UK, and each car will take around 18 months to complete. Customer deliveries are set to take place in 2023, but the price is as-yet unconfirmed.

For more information, head to GTO Engineering's website.

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