Ferrari’s P80/C Is A One-Off Track Machine Of Dreams

by under News on 26 Mar 2019 03:01:53 PM26 Mar 2019
Ferrari’s P80/C Is A One-Off Track Machine Of Dreams

Being a one-off, this P80/C is a Ferrari like no other, and therefore never again will there be a Ferrari quite like this. In the making since 2015 and built to the exacting and bespoke whims of a noted longtime collector and connoisseur of the Maranello-based supercar maker and in close collaboration Ferrari Centro Stile under the direction of Flavio Manzoni, this track-only creation is both an homage and a technical showcase.

Underneath the fully carbon fibre exterior, the car sits upon the foundations and running gear of the 488 GT3; though here the powertrain isn’t bound by the restrictions set by any racing body, but sadly the resulting performance outputs are only known to Ferrari and the lucky owner of this singular P80/C.

Ferrari’s P80/C Is A One-Off Track Machine Of Dreams

Yes, it’s name might not be particularly evocative, but was selected as a tribute to the 1966 Dino  206 S as well as the iconic 330 P3/P4. Part of the reason the 488 GT3 underpinnings were chosen was for its 50mm extended wheelbase over the road going Berlinetta, allowing creative latitude with its design and uncommon cab-forward layout.

Broad buttresses extend from the low roof to the large side air intakes which provide a dramatic contrast from the narrowed wraparound windscreen. The body widens again at the rear where we find a sloping rear deck with stepped louvres above the engine.

Ferrari’s P80/C Is A One-Off Track Machine Of DreamsFerrari’s P80/C Is A One-Off Track Machine Of Dreams

The belt line curves again over the rear wheel wheels and ends with a ducktail-like rear spoiler reminiscent of the 330 P4 and LaFerrari, above and below which lives a combination of motorsport-inspired fixed wing and aggressive rear diffuser. Only a mesh grille separate the exposed mechanicals from the elements, allowing bystanders to experience the fury of its derestricted GT3-spec 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8.

At the front, the P80/C again wears a unique fascia that almost resembles a 288 GTO but eschews conventional headlights and reduces the front illumination source cluster to a pair of slits at the very nose of its wedge-like profile that house an array of LEDs, another nod to the 330 P4. The single-piece carbon fibre font splitter is fully adjustable and aids the S-duct to further channel air over the car, improving downforce generation

Ferrari’s P80/C Is A One-Off Track Machine Of DreamsFerrari’s P80/C Is A One-Off Track Machine Of DreamsFerrari’s P80/C Is A One-Off Track Machine Of Dreams

Inside, the car’s racing roots become very apparent with a cabin focused solely to the demands of motorsport. Ostensibly, there still is air conditioning as evidenced by the trio of driver-facing vents, but everything else has been left, presumably, in its GT3-spec. There’s a racing steering wheel and pedal box, exposed carbon panels, a digital gauge cluster, FIA-grade roll cage integrated into the bodywork, and deep bucket seats for two occupants.

Ferrari’s P80/C Is A One-Off Track Machine Of Dreams

Per the owner’s request, the P80/C’s setup and aesthetics can be altered to suit the occasion. In its ‘racing’ mode, the car is fitted with the 18-inch single-nut wheels with all the dark carbon fibre aero appendages in attached. However, the ‘exhibition’ package removes all of this and fits a set of larger 21-inch alloys to place emphasis solely on its design.

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