GTO teases interior design of bespoke Squalo grand tourer

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UK-based niche vehicle manufacturer GTO Engineering has revealed the initial drawings of the bespoke interior for its Squalo, a modern take on the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO. According to the company, one of the key design briefs has been a focus on simplicity, to minimize clutter and maximize driving experience and enjoyment. To this end, efforts have been made to ensure good luggage capacity and visibility as well as having buttons and switches rather than touchscreens.

GTO Engineering says that in the coming months it plans to release more sketches and an explanation of the hidden technology within the cabin, including sound system, smartphone integration, infotainment screen and storage capacity including cup holders.

“Squalo drivers will spend more time inside the car than looking at it from the outside, so it was vital to us that we not only listened to our customers but also drew on our experience of driving sports cars to focus on what’s important within the cabin: simplicity and driver engagement,” said GTO Engineering MD and founder, Mark Lyon.

“In this bespoke, hand-crafted vehicle, we want to make sure that every detail has been carefully thought out and continues to be deliberated at length as we get closer to the production specification. We hope the drawings explain some of our thoughts and focus on craftsmanship as well as material selection.”

The design team is also working on a bespoke seating arrangement that fits comfortably and stylishly in the spacious cockpit, available in a range of leather colors and patterns. GTO Engineering says it is also in the process of mapping out placements for items like pedals, the steering wheel and manual gearbox selector to ensure they are in an optimized position for driver enjoyment.

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