1988 288 GTO Becomes World's Fastest Ferrari At 275.4-MPH

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

It’s official, having a twin turbo Ferrari Enzo that can hit 238-mph is no longer a big deal. In fact, that’s just a snails pace compared to this 288 GTO that went 275.4-mph (averaged over two runs) out at the Bonneville Salt Flats this year. This makes it the World’s Fastest Ferrari and the World’s Fastest Sports Car. It was about 3-mph faster than the previous record holder. But there’s a catch – this 1988 288 GTO isn’t all genuine Ferrari.

Owner Steve Trafton teamed up with P4 by Norwood, a renowned Ferrari tuning shop, to swap out the stock GTO heart for a GM V8 540 ci big block motor. Take the giant V8, toss on a pair of Borg Warner 80mm turbochargers with 17 psi of boost and that nets you 275.4-mph passes. We’re guessing the power plant puts out close to 1,000-whp if not more.

So while the body and chassis is all Italian Ferrari, the power to set the record belongs to American GM. We’d probably pin an * next to World’s Fastest Ferrari, but still an awesome project nonetheless.

[Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer via Autoblog]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • David David on Jan 05, 2011

    1. The 1988 288 GTO Farrari drove maxium peak Record top speed is 275.4 Miles Per Hour too!