Today is Friday, people! Act like it! Kick off your weekend by riding with Marino Franchitti in a faithfully recreated Ferrari 250 GTO for several laps of the Goodwood circuit. Obviously this is the kind of experience that very few people in the world get to enjoy, because most of us aren’t as talented behind the wheel as Marino Franchitti. But that doesn’t mean we can’t sit over his right shoulder and enjoy a fierce battle as he spends some of this race right in front of the TVR Grantura and the Bizzarini 5300GT.
The 250 GTO is a reinterpretation of the extremely rare Series II car, built to exacting details over ten years—completed in 2008—and has been widely used ever since. The real trade will cost someone a few million dollars, so it makes more sense to run an exact copy, even a rather expensive one, in vintage races, rather than risking the loot. real. And I’m pretty glad they did.
This is a great ten-minute video, despite the fact that very little happens in the form of a road run. I don’t know who drove that Grantura, but they quickly got on board. That the whole dance is set to the amazing high-revolution sound of a mourning Ferrari V12 only helps amplify the awe of it all.
It went straight out of the bend at start/end, almost all the way to the beginning of fourth gear before accelerating past Madgwick. Ferrari catches up to the competition pretty well here with medium angular speeds. On the straight, there’s a fifth shift, and depress the throttle for just a second before breathing in the Fordwater. Down to fourth place and surfed some speed with a tail drift at St. Mary’s. Try back to it, then down Tuesday to negotiate Lavant. Upshift, upshift, dodge the grass on the left, then let it sing until you reach Woodcote. The second is necessary for secrecy, and you’re back on the other side of the line.
Amazing things. I can watch it over and over.