RML has revealed the first pre-production prototype of its Ferrari-powered Short Wheelbase, an homage to the halcyon days of grand touring automobiles. According to the company, the car will now commence testing at the UK’s Millbrook proving ground, ahead of start of production.
Explaining the reasoning behind RML’s first foray into being a manufacturer in its own right, RML CEO Michael Mallock, said, “Just over three years ago we decided that a vehicle was needed to showcase the quality and breadth of RML’s work in the automotive industry. For many people, RML is synonymous with motorsport success at the very highest level, but over the last two decades it has diversified considerably, undertaking many complex projects outside of the competition arena. Much of its core design, engineering and manufacturing work within the automotive sector is as a ‘white label’ partner to prestige OEMs around the world, and this work is quite rightly confidential.
“But our vehicle could wear the RML badge, and also benefit from the vast experience our in-house team has gained producing some of the industry’s most advanced engineering solutions for other companies. And that ‘vehicle’ has now materialized: the RML Short Wheelbase is complete and production will start imminently.
“That the project has also turned into a labor of love for everyone involved with the program is no great surprise. The Short Wheelbase was always conceived as an emotional model, without compromise, so while we have made sure that the end product conforms to the very highest industry standards in terms of quality, durability and safety, it also captures the character – the look, sound and tactility – of an epic GT car from the golden age of motoring. It is, in our eyes, the ultimate grand routier.”