Inspired by the prototypes of the 1960s Ferrari has built a track-beast for one wealthy customer

Behold one of the most wicked one-offs Ferrari has built in recent times. Named P80/C, Ferrari took almost four years to create the racetrack beast, making it their longest special project to date. Commissioned by a client who is in love with the Ferrari prototypes of the 1960s, work began in 2015 by taking the Ferrari 488 GT3 racecar as the base, which makes it a track-day machine only and not street-legal. Starting with the striking aesthetics of the one-off, it is inspired by icons like the 330 P3 and P4, the 350 Can Am, the Dino 206 SP and the stunning 250 LM. The P80/C was designed by Flavio Manzoni to be Ferrari’s ultimate one-off and is built almost entirely out of carbon fiber. It does carry the overall silhouette of the Ferrari 488 GT3, but has been given design elements to make it look much more aesthetically pleasing. The lines are much sharper, which along with the wraparound windshield gives it the appearance of a futuristic prototype machine. The low and wide nose of the car and the sleek rear end entirely covered by the massive diffuser make the Ferrari P80/C look simply fantastic. And since the P80/C is not a part of any racing series, it did not have to be homologated for any racing series’ rules. Which meant the engineers had the freedom to go wild with the aerodynamics of the car.

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On the request of the client, the car can be equipped with 18-inch center-lock wheels and massive carbon-fiber rear wing for racing use and can also be transformed into an “exhibition package” by putting on 21-inch wheels and fewer aero appendages. The interior of the one-off looks almost similar to the regular Ferrari 488 GT3 racer with a roll cage, carbon-fiber door cards, bucket seats, and other necessary safety features. Ferrari didn’t reveal the name of the customer and rather stuck to referring the person as “TK”. There is no information on how much the customer spent to get Ferrari to build this beast of a machine; however; we sincerely hope that we get to see it on the racetracks often setting fantastic lap times.

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