Car Zero to be ready to roll by the year-end
If Ferraris and restomods are your thing, there’s good news. Wellingborough-based engineering company RML Group, the same folks behind the Nissan Juke-R and road-legal converted Aston Martin Vulcan, has announced that the RML Short Wheelbase—a Ferrari 250 GT SWB replica has entered the final stages of development. RML is planning to build only 30 units and expects the first car (dubbed as Car Zero) to be “ready to roll before year-end”.
In case you’re wondering, the underpinnings actually come from the Ferrari 550 Maranello. RML’s iteration will feature a carbon-composite bodywork, which appears to have contributed to the car’s claimed dry weight of 1,470 kg (3,241 lbs), which is significantly less than the donor car. And, measuring 1,954 mm wide, it appears that the tribute car is wider than the original. Besides modern lighting, flush door handles, new ORVMs, and new quad exhaust pipes at the rear, the RML Short Wheelbase retains the clean and elegant lines of the 250 GT SWB. Being a restomod also means, of course, a tweaked suspension setup.
Inside is where the RML SWB looks a lot more delicious, especially with those aluminium bits on the dashboard and centre console. I mean, look at that short-throw shifter and the gated pattern. Standard equipment would include electrically-adjustable seats, a 7-inch infotainment system with DAB and navigation, air conditioning, electric windows, and electrically-adjustable ORVMs.
Powering the RML Short Wheelbase is a naturally aspirated 5.5-litre Ferrari V12 engine that pumps out 357 kW (485 metric hp) and 568 Nm (419 lb-ft) of torque. The output figures are the same as those in the Ferrari 550. A 6-speed manual gearbox drives the rear wheels. RML claims a 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) sprint time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of over 185 mph (298+ km/h).