"Gran Turismo Omologato. There's something in the vowel-heavy phrase that gets the juices going. Something in the way it rolls around your mouth. Only Enzo Ferrari could have coined such a phrase, when you think about it. 3 words. Nine syllables. "
Gran Turismo Omologato
Those Italians certainly know how to weave magic with words, eh? Touring car constructed for homologation’ doesn’t really have the same ring, does it? But no matter how you say it, the GTO badge has been applied to an interesting variety of motors. But the definitive GTO doesn’t really warrant the name. Because, well, it’s not really a Grand Tourer, and it wasn’t built for homologation. The heavy reference you can see above with scary, hairy animals gives some clue to the impression that the Pontiac marketeers wanted to create with their Muscle-bound behemoth.
And anyway, without getting too QI on a monday morning, the word homologation, which comes from the Ancient Greek term for ‘agree’, is a bit of an awkward word in any case. We’ve certainly never seen it used for any other purpose than for describing road-legal racing cars.
So here goes for the simplest definition we have found of homologation, thank to our friend Mr Wiki: “Where a racing class requires that the cars raced be production vehicles only slightly adapted for racing, manufacturers typically produce a limited run of such vehicles for public sale so that they can legitimately race them in the class. These cars are commonly called ‘homologation specials’.”
Of course, the all-time beauty that is the Ferrari 250 GTO (above) did indeed eace extensively in the 1960s and went on to be one of the most valuable and totemic collectors’ pieces ever, while the beefy take on the rump Ferrari chassis of the eighties the 288 GTO was the result of a stillborn class of racing, but one that according to experts is one of the most raucous and explosive Ferraris ever to find a legal home on the streets.
Which one floats your boat?
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