Arrival of development buck marks start of GTO’s Squalo interior testing

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UK-based GTO Engineering says it has taken delivery of the interior buck for the Squalo, its 1960s-inspired sports car. The buck will be used to assess various elements of the interior, including the open-gated manual gearbox positioning, instrument cluster size and location, steering wheel size and steering rack location, and a range of other crucial interior items, before production starts.

The engineering team at GTO includes members under 1.6m and over 1.9m, who will scrutinize Squalo’s current interior to ensure it engages and indulges occupants while maintaining the company’s vision of a minimalist and driver-centric design. The engineering development and design teams will work together on packaging analysis, specifically the lower seating position, the angle and size of the bespoke steering wheel and the open-gated manual gearbox and lever positioning.

Managing director and founder of GTO Engineering, Mark Lyon, explained, “I’ve driven many cars and there seems to be a perfect recipe for an engaging driver’s car. It’s not just to do with the engine, suspension, gearbox or brakes – a large part of it is how it feels from the cabin, specifically from the driver’s seat.

“For Squalo’s cabin, we’ve taken key steps to combine modern engineering and traditional values of what makes a great interior. Our aim is to provide a package that those taller drivers fit comfortably, smaller occupants can enjoy, and the positioning of all the key items – from the steering wheel size and location, placement of the gearbox lever, to the seating position – are all placed perfectly for both.”

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