One of our readers has commented that classic cars seem to get electrified now. And while that looks like the direction of many builds these days, there are still some who choose to go against the flow and stick with piston engines. One of them is the RML Short Wheelbase, an impressive homage to the Ferrari 250 GT SWB.
Engineering firm Ray Mallock Limited (RML) is not a new name in the automotive industry. The company has had a storied history in motorsports since the 1980s, and is responsible for the creation of cars like the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722, the VR38-powered Nissan Juke-R, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, and the road-legal conversion of the Aston Martin Vulcan.
The RML Short Wheelbase’s engine and underpinnings are sourced from the Ferrari 550 Maranello. The 5.5-liter V12 produces 478hp and 568Nm, and sends power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. RML says that the 0-100km/h time will be around 4.1 seconds, with a top speed “in excess of 298km/h.”
The 550 Maranello’s chassis has been extensively modified, with a shortened front overhang to match the 250 GT SWB’s petite dimensions. With carbon-fiber bodywork, 18-inch wheels shod in Pirelli P Zero Rosso rubber, and a specially calibrated suspension system, the Short Wheelbase promises to be a car that’s happy in the corners.
And you’ll look good while driving around in the Short Wheelbase as it retains most of the 250’s classic looks both inside and out. Despite the small frame, RML says that drivers up to 2m in height will comfortably fit in the cabin with excellent visibility.
As with most restomods, the leather-and-aluminum-clad interior comes with modern amenities like a hi-fi audio system, air-conditioning, smartphone connectivity, and electrically adjustable seats. The gauges, the switchgear and the gated shifter are all made in-house.
RML will build only 30 examples, with “Car Zero” scheduled for launch in October for the press to evaluate. Customer vehicles will be delivered in the first half of 2022. No price has been announced, but if you’re interested, you may contact the company here.