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RML reveals first photos of pre-production Short Wheelbase model

With Ferrari 550M underpinnings


RML released the first pictures of their pre-production Short Wheelbase model. The Short Wheelbase took three-years to develop and its first test car, known as ‘Car Zero’, will begin an intensive durability program at the UTAC test facility in Bedforshire, U.K. RML was founded in 1984 and is a UK-based automotive and motorsports engineering company.

RML Short Wheelbase
Photo courtesy of RML

RML’s grand tour offering has a strong resemblance to the Ferrari 250 GT SWB and the upcoming model features Ferrari 550M underpinnings. Under the hood is a naturally-aspirated 5.5-liter 65-degree V12 Ferrari engine with a factory-rated 479 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 419 pounds-feet-of-torque. Estimates have the Short Wheelbase going 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 180 mph. The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential.

“We’re using the platform and chassis from the Ferrari 550 Maranello, which from the start struck the right balance with a broad level of dynamic excellence, but not so highly-strung to be out of kilter with the Short Wheelbase’s character,” said Nic Rutherford, project lead engineer for the Short Wheelbase. “We then needed to adapt the chassis to reflect the significant changes made in the car’s design.”

The front and rear double wishbone and coil suspension retains the 550’s dimension and suspension pickup points. But the 550’s active Bilstein shocks were upgraded with bespoke passive Ohlins units, while spring rates and anti-roll bar dimensions were developed for the Short Wheelbase’s lower weight and reduced height.

With a carbon-composite body the Short Wheelbase will tip the scales at an estimated 3,747 pounds. Despite being based on a vintage Ferrari, the Short Wheelbase maintains modern amenities such as air conditioning, satnav and cupholders.

The Short Wheelbase is the company’s first foray into developing a passenger car and will be limited to a run of 30 cars with prices starting at $2 million. RLM can produce a Short Wheelbase in six months and is capable of six builds in process at any one time.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


  1. If I were in the market for a $2 million car, I would look at Koenigsegg’s offerings, before buying this thing. Gemera and Regera come to mind.

  2. Spend two million bucks where one could purchase Two Bugatti Cherons or perhaps a McLaren F1.The real news report would show a fast,attractive automobile for fewer US Dollars.


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