Northants-based, RSL has created a slick Short Wheelbase restomod that has the DNA of a multi-million dollar Ferrari 250 GT SWB coupled with a thumping 550 Maranello 5.5-litre V12…
The company revealed its slick Italian lookalike GT called simply the RML ‘Short Wheelbase’ today and will run a limited production of around 30 cars with a projected sale target of late 2021. While the classic reimagining draws inspiration and cues directly from one of the all-time great road and race legends, the 1959 250 GT SWB, it will offer the modern bells and whistles any modern driver looks for in a new car.
Under the hood lies a front-mounted Ferrari V12 550 Maranello engine mated to a six-speed open-gate manual box pays maximum homage to the driving purity of supercars from the past, sitting comfortably within the stunning lightweight carbon fibre bodywork.
Michael Mallock, RML’s Chief Executive:
“The Short Wheelbase was never conceived to compete, Top Trumps-style, with a typical supercar’s acceleration or top speed. Our car takes a step back from that, and while it’s certainly rapid, our emphasis has always been on capturing a more organic driving experience, with less intervention and more useable performance, while still making it comfortable and convenient enough for people to enjoy regularly on modern roads.
“After almost three years, we are nearing completion of the Short Wheelbase’s development. While this is the first such car to wear RML’s name, our experience working on a variety of whole vehicle programmes – as a ‘white label’ partner to various OEMs – is extensive, and second to none. So this car showcases much of the experience we’ve gained from not only designing and building low-volume, high-end motor cars, but also implementing thorough testing procedures to make sure that driving them is an emotional experience for all the right reasons.”
Short Wheelbase – Technonolgy
The classic feel extends from outside with an interior design that captures a retro-styled pilot space, modern technology and includes satnav, air conditioning, cupholders and the all-important smartphone connectivity.
Being tall shouldn’t be a problem either with a cabin built to accommodate occupants up to six-foot, six inches (two metres) in height while sitting on exquisitely trimmed and electrically adjustable seats.
The company say maintaining the familiar classic proportions was their main priority from the outset and while the car is larger dimensionally, those famous lines have been tactfully retained with features like the stacked rear lights, exposed fuel filler, chip-cutter front grille and vents appearing behind each wheel and on the hood all being carefully integrated.
As we said earlier, 30 of the RML Short Wheelbase will be produced but the price you’ll pay is still under wraps…
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