Ferrari cooked up the 288 GTO in the 1980s amid the Group B rally craze, but the FIA dismantled the wicked-fast rally series before the Italian automaker could take it racing.
Due to the 288 GTO’s racing roots, it was one of the fastest and most raw driving experiences on offer from 1984-1986. Its 2.8-liter V8 engine was Ferrari’s first-ever series production turbocharged engine and produced 400 horsepower, helping it become the first production car to crack 300 km/h (186 mph).
The 288 GTO is today revered by just about every gearhead on earth. It’s rarer and has more racing pedigree than the Ferrari F40 it preceded, which is itself one of Ferraris most highly regarded road cars, and benefits from the presence of Ferrari’s legendary ‘GTO’ moniker.
Petrolicious recently linked up with Ferrari collector David Lee for a Ferrari-sponsored short of Lee driving his 288 GTO early in the morning. In the words of Petrolicious, the adrenaline-umping 288 GTO is enough excitement to replace your morning coffee.
With that said, you can get your fix by watching the video above.