The folks at Tax The Rich — the same people who gained YouTube notoriety by power-sliding a Rolls-Royce Phantom through muddy lawns, <strong>choreographed a Gymkhana-esque dance between two Ferrari F50s, and treated a Ferrari Enzo as if it were a WRC car — are at it again. This time, they’ve filmed an ultra-rare 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO rallying its way around that same country farm.
The video starts with a quasi-literal bang, as a long lit fuse creeps beneath the Ferrari 288 GTO’s rear fascia just as the car’s 400-hp, twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-8 explodes into life and the Leitmotif of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” comes into play. From there, the GTO slides its way through the grass, blasts down a country road, and pirouettes not only on a skid pad, but an incredibly narrow concrete-lined horse stable.
Eat your heart out, Ken Block.
In proper Tax The Rich fashion, the film is well shot and edited — and the star is an incredibly expensive exotic car. Ferrari built less than 270 examples of the 288 GTO, thus rendering them darlings of the collector car world. It also means they carry significant price tags when they change hands. For instance, a 288 GTO with roughly 27,000 miles on the clock fetched $1.3 million earlier this year at RM Auction’s Villa Este event.
Purists might cringe at the thought of a Ferrari 288 GTO slinging dirt, sliding sideways inches away from immovable, body-wrenching barriers, and being honed at full-throttle — but this is precisely the sort of behavior the Ferrari 288 GTO was originally built for. That GTO suffix wasn’t just tacked as part of a marketing-driven nostalgia trip; the 288 was truly a Gran Turismo Omolagato, a homologation special built designed and built solely so Ferrari could compete within the FIA’s infamous Group B rally class. Sadly, as Group B was being shuttered just as the 288 GTO reached production, the car never had a chance to strut its stuff as was originally intended. All was not lost — much of the 288 GTO’s mechanicals, including that menacing twin-turbocharged V-8, was repurposed for use in the wicked 1987 Ferrari F40.
Speaking of the Ferrari F40, there seems to be a race-spec Ferrari F40 LM lurking in the fog at the end of the clip. Is this a sneak preview of the next Tax The Rich installment? We can only hope.
(Still/Detail photos courtesy of RM Auctions/ Cymon Taylor)