Ferrari’s one-off, 488 GT3-based P80/C is a technical and aero marvel
This track-only special gets two sets of wheels, one for racing and for exhibition
Ferrari introduced another one-off for “a great connoisseur of the Ferrari world.” That means some rich collector handed the company a blank check and said “build me something sweet, here are my ideas.” The Ferrari Styling Centre came up with this, the P80/C, inspired by famous models like the 330 P3/P4 and the Dino 206 S.
This one is a little different in that it needed to be a track car, not homologated for the road, but also didn’t need to conform to any racing specs. Still it was built off the basic running gear of the Ferrari 488 GT3. Why not the Tributo, you ask? This one was started in 2015, which gives it the longest development time of any Ferrari one-off made to date.
The 488 GT3 is longer by almost 2 inches, which the designers used to move the car forward, more like a prototype. The flying buttresses expand toward the side intakes and that, combined with the visor-like wraparound windscreen, evokes those past racers.
The bodywork is widest over the front axle, then narrows toward the back. The profile drops sharply after the cockpit, as opposed to sloping towards the rear, and this car gets a near vertical rear window.
Since there were no design restrictions on the carbon fiber body, the front splitter is specific to this car. All of the external surfaces, in fact, are unique to the P80/C. The result, according to Ferrari, is an aero improvement of 5 percent over the racy GT3. Classic headlights are nowhere to be found; instead the P80/C has narrow slits like the 330. There’s a matching pair in back.
“The adoption of a concave rear windscreen and aluminum louvres on the engine cover,” says Ferrari, “a reference to the 330 P3/P4, gives the P80/C’s tail an instantly recognizable and unique look.” True, it looks fantastic.
It has both a racing setup with knock-off 18-inch wheels (a single, central locknut), and an exhibition package with 21-inch wheels.
The interior, though we don’t have a picture, has an integrated roll cage like the 488 GT3, and the seats are carbon fiber shells.
Take a good look, you won’t be seeing another one, ever. Hell, you might not ever see this one again.