RML Short Wheelbase: Ferrari’s 250 GT SWB reimagined

Published: 12 May 2021

► Ferrari V12 and open-gaited manual
► But Apple CarPlay and space for tall people?!
► Just 30 to be built

Ferrari’s 250 GT SWB has been reborn for the 21st century. Engineering team RML Group has unveiled a modern take on the classic V12 grand tourer.

In-house, it’s called the RML Short Wheelbase, but it still has proper Ferrari DNA. The engine is Maranello’s own 5.4-litre V12, producing 478bhp and 419lb ft, sending power to the rear wheels by, again, Ferrari’s own open-gated six-speed manual transmission.

RML SWB rear

RML says performance is ‘ample’, with the Short Wheelbase recreation sprinting to 60mph in 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 185mph. Not slow.

RML’s inputs start with all-carbonfibre bodywork, shaped to look just like the original. The team say the car is fractionally larger than the original, with the 250 GT’s details like the aggressive grille and stacked rear lights being crafted in-house.

RML SWB interior

Inside, though, RML has been busy modernising. There’s a small infotainment screen that can run Apple CarPlay, and RML says they’ve introduced electrically adjustable front seats so people as tall as 6ft 6in can sit inside comfortably.

Want one? You’ll need to be a multi-millionaire. If you are, the RML SWB goes on sale towards the end of 2021.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches