In the world where petrol runs through our veins, a couple of manufactures stand out with their outrageous limited run models. Among the exclusive crowd, however, one brand sticks out like a sore thumb. Welcome to the story behind the one-off Italian stallion, the Ferrari P80/C.
A Land Where Rules Don’t Apply
When it comes to one-offs and exclusives, Ferrari lives in a land where rules don’t exist. Everything and anything is possible if you have the funds to back your desires. With a name reminiscent to the golden days of prototype races, a pretty face to pull you in and an engine note to scare you off, the Ferrari P80/C is a unique beast.
The whole process started way back in 2015 when the first ideas were thrown around. After four years of testing and tuning, the purebred stallion finally gets out of its development phase, making it the longest developing one-off Ferrari ever made.
The Ferrari P80/C Is Built On Racing Roots
The track-only P80/C started life as a 488 GT3 race car. Since that’s a competent base, the engineers left the mechanicals as is. There are some rumors that it’s been derestricted since there are no rules to be followed, but I doubt we’ll ever know for sure.
The 3.9 liter flat-plane V8 pumps out 660 twin-turbocharged horses through the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox if it’s restricted. If it’s allowed to breathe freely, that number jumps to 700+. In regards to stopping power, the Ferrari P80/C utilizes “stock” 488 GT3 brakes. Fitted behind 18” wheels on slick rubber, they measure 390 mm front and 332 mm rear.
Four Years Later
The time in development wasn’t spent on the engine and chassis. What did use up four years is the body and the aero. One of the demands made towards Ferrari is that it has to have some touches that link back to the legendary 330 P3 and Dino 206. This is evident in the overall shape and the rear aluminum louvers over the engine.
Although it shares the 488 GT3 roots, there is almost no resemblance to it, but the hips don’t lie. Looking at it from the side, you can notice the 488 origins in the wheel arches and the shape of the nose. The Vulcan like front is what strikes me the most about the styling of the Ferrari P80/C, with the futuristic lights and that massive splitter.
Allowing the air to keep the nose down are massive vents above the splitter and on the so-called frunk. Moving over to the rear, the FXX DNA is evident in the rear light department. Contributing to rear downforce is that hefty rear wing, while the wild diffuser is track proven on the 488 so it was a must to keep it.
The Ferrari P80/C Is A Mix Of Influences
Overall, I quite like the looks of the all-carbon-fiber thoroughbred. There’s no doubt that it’s been subjected to numerous hours in the wind tunnel.
It is a track car, after all.
However, I have to say that I don’t like the bulky wheel arches. Also, the redesigned B-pillar reminds me of the Ford GT from some angles.
Last but not least, the office. Carbon fiber, Alcantara, and spartan are the words I’d use to describe the race-derived interior of the Ferrari P80/C.
Some tweaks are made to the digital dash to display only performance related info, while the 488 sourced steering wheel is still crammed with switches and buttons.
A full cage is in place for morning exercises and safety. The stylish blue Alcantara clad carbon fiber bucket seats are a nod to the Ferraris of the 60s.
Show Queen Or Track King?
The price for this one-off is, of course, a carefully guarded secret, but it’s probably a six-figure one.
The V8 doesn’t do the styling justice, in my opinion. I do like the Group B style blow-off sound though.
I’d prefer a proper N/A V12 in it, or at least the hybrid plant from the FXX K.
Let’s hope that it’ll hit the track every now and then.