With the Competizione Ventidue, the London design studio Forge has come up with a new version of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB – with interesting engine technology.
The Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cars ever built. This seems to be the case in the British Isles in particular, as new editions of the sports car icon are presented more or less regularly. With their short wheelbase (see video), RML Group also has a recreation model of the short 250 in its range, as does GTO Engineering with its Squalo. And now a design studio called Forge Design completes a trio.
The Londoners call their creation Competizione Ventidue; The latter is Italian and means “22”. On the one hand, the car bears the name because it comes from the corresponding vintage. On the other hand, in 2022 it will be exactly 61 years since the even more uncompromising “SEFAC Hot Rod” racing version of the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB, launched two years earlier, hit the market and immediately dominated motorsport. That’s right: it’s 1961 – at Forge Design, they seem to like that kind of symmetries.
Minimalist lightweight body
With the body made of composite materials, the Forge designers want to make “a statement for minimalism”. It succeeds, because nothing superfluous disturbs the harmonious overall picture. No bumpers or moldings, no beads or light-refracting edges, no badges or accents in different colors. There are also no air intakes or outlets, and the door handles are embedded in the bodywork. Even when it comes to side mirrors, minimalism is the order of the day: there is only one on the driver’s side – seen from a continental European perspective. Another statement is that the Competizione Ventidue still has the prancing horse in the radiator grille and a Ferrari emblem above it.
As is usual with projects of this nature, the builder shows great attention to detail. Forge Design gives the Competizione Ventidue a rear window made of polycarbonate; The SEFAC original also had one. The headlights use “advanced lighting technology that combines all headlight functions into a single unit,” and leather straps hold the hoods in place. The magnesium wheels adopt the design of the original Campagnolo Ferrari rims and house a braking system from AP Racing.
V12 with “indirect hydrogen injection”
When it comes to the technology, the Brits go into surprisingly deep detail, considering that this has so far been a purely intellectual game with an unclear chance of serial production. Example chassis where the SEFAC version also serves as a blueprint. It gave the Ferrari 250 GT SWB different mounting points for the rear suspension and thinner trellis tubes, which, however, had additional bracing points. With the Competizione Ventidue, the Londoners basically want to copy the aluminum and carbon fiber chassis and combine it with independent suspension.
Ferrari once derived the V12 engine with the factory code Tipo 168B from the 250 Testa Rossa, but designed it with a longer stroke. It also received different camshafts, larger intake ports and two-piece exhaust manifolds with a larger diameter. The original was once said to have around 300 hp. Forge-Design also wants to largely use this layout, but then “switch to indirect hydrogen injection to avoid carbon emissions at the exhaust” of the engine, which weighs only 165 kilograms.
This project alone shows that serial production of the Competizione Ventidue is in the distant future – if it happens at all. Forge Design has also not said a word about technical data, time horizons and price expectations.
The other two new editions of the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB have one thing ahead of the Competizione Ventidue: series production is already underway or implementation is imminent. In the case of the counterpart of Forge Design, on the other hand, it is not yet known exactly to what point the Londoners even want to take the project. A pure finger exercise to show what you can do in terms of design? Are the Brits looking for a production partner? Or will they actually build the car themselves at some point? We will probably have to be patient to be able to answer this question precisely at some point.