It’s not a new thing for Ferrari to sell race cars to its normal customers. In fact, it runs the Ferrari Challenge series for exactly that purpose. However, those have always been derived from its road cars - rather than selling you its flagship, ground-up track machines. Well, that’s about to change with the 499P Modificata.
Based on the Le Mans-winning Ferrari 499P, the Modificata does away with the rule book and unleashes the full potential of the Hypercar-class racer.
Though the 296 GTB-derived, 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 has been unaltered, Ferrari has implemented a ‘push-to-pass’ system which unleashes a full 268bhp from the front axle for seven seconds. Total output peaks at 858bhp - some increase from the race car’s regulated 671bhp.
Additionally, drivers can use the electric axle’s power at any time - in the race car, it’s restricted to use above 81mph - allowing for full-time all-wheel-drive.
Aerodynamics and other chassis hardware remain practically unchanged. That means it’s built around an FIA-spec carbon monocoque, while also retaining a seven-speed sequential gearbox and push-rod suspension. Some tweaks have been made to the latter to be more forgiving, though. In theory, then, you could lap a 499P Modificata faster than the Le Mans car - as long as you have the talent.
Small changes come in the form of a digital rearview mirror and a wider seat, though It’s also worth noting that especially-developed Pirelli tyres are fitted to the car, in place of the racer’s Michelin rubber.
Ferrari is remaining hush on how many Modificatas will be produced, though has stated it’ll only be sold to ‘select clientele’, and with a £4.4m price tag at that. Granted, as well as the car, that covers two years of entry into the Sport Prototipi Clienti programme of track days, as well as reserving your own team of mechanics with maintenance covered to boot.
Best hope you’ve been stocking up on SF90 Stradales to get an allocation in advance…