Giotto Bizzarrini, the famed engineer who helped design legendary vehicles such as the Ferrari 250 GTO, passed away on May 13 at the age of 96. He was known for his contributions to the development of the car. On Instagram, the official Bizzarrini Design and style account was the one to break the news of his passing away to their followers. As one of the most iconic engineers and designers from a time that is universally considered as “the golden age of design,” his name will forever be associated with the automobiles and powertrains that he played a vital role in attaining. This association will continue as long as the automobile industry exists.

Giotto Bizzarrini received his degree in engineering from the University of Pisa, where he also received his diploma.

Bizzarrini, who was born in 1926, attended the College of Pisa, where he studied engineering and received a diploma upon completion of his studies. His senior year undergraduate thesis focused on a completely revamped Fiat Topolino that highlighted a reworked motor that had been moved for greater balance. Later on, he got a position at Alfa Romeo, where he was trained to become a test driver through on-the-job training. After that, he went on to work for another company. His forthcoming employment at Ferrari would prove to be nothing short of legendary. During his tenure there, he would help create and construct one of the most incredibly sought-after sporting automobiles of all time, the 250 GTO, which was powered by the 3.0-liter Testarossa V12 engine.

Giotto Bizzarrini was the man behind the production of the Ferrari 250 GTO.

Even though Bizzarrini’s tenure at Ferrari was prestigious, it was cut short when he departed the company five or so years later due to a dispute with Enzo Ferrari. Despite this, Bizzarrini’s time at Ferrari was brief. After that, he would go on to have a career as a coachbuilder and launch his own engineering company. Immediately after that, he would begin working. In the end, the Italian automobile model Iso Rivolta and, subsequently, Lamborghini contracted this organisation to assist in the development of the now-iconic V12 powertrain. The Count Giovanni Volpi commissioned him to build the Ferrari 250 GTO “Breadvan” during this time period, which went on to become another highly praised automobile that he designed and produced during this time period. In later years, the Breadvan would go on to compete in races, where it would be victorious as a result of the ground-breaking aerodynamic characteristics it possessed.

In order to create its illustrious V12 powertrain, Lamborghini contracted the engineering firm of Bizzarrini.

The Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada was the most well-known of the sports cars that Bizzarrini designed and produced under the Bizzarrini SpA brand name. Bizzarrini was also responsible for the development of several sports cars. The sports car or truck was built on the Iso Rivolta platform, and it was powered by a 5.4-liter V8 engine that was sourced from Chevrolet. The engine was capable of producing a maximum of 365 horsepower. This vehicle ultimately won the 24 hours of Le Mans on its course in 1965. The race took place that year.

A road leading in the direction of the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada.

Giotto Bizzarrini’s name will remain a permanent part of the history of the automobile because he was an engineer who was responsible for creating several motoring icons. At auction, each of the 36 copies of the Ferrari 250 GTO that were produced is expected to bring in the thousands upon thousands of pounds. The Lamborghini V12 is still considered to be one of the most influential engines ever made, and the 12-cylinder custom continues with the brand’s most recent flagship model, the Revuelto plug-in hybrid.