From Road & Track magazine: “This is an interesting car. The 288 was built to take Ferrari into the Group B rally championship, the balls-out FIA class that produced cars like the Ford RS200, the Lancia 037, and the Renault 5 Turbo. Group B cars were mean, feisty things, all motor and short of wheelbase. They were amazing, fast, deeply functional. Also, they killed people. They represent one of the last great leaps of modern motorsport—one of the last moments where speed outweighed reason.
Group B was canceled before the 288 saw factory-backed competition, so Ferrari simply carried on producing the car. It was a homologation special that never homologated anything. From 1984 to 1985, you could buy one of these things and rest assured in the knowledge that you were driving something batshit in a time when Ferrari did not do batshit.” (link)
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