Ferrari has launched a new highly-limited, track-exclusive version of the 488 supercar that’s largely based on its GT3 and GTE racing models.
The 488 GT Modificata is described as being “exclusively for use during track days and at Ferrari Club Competitizioni GT events”, and will initially only be offered to drivers who have recently participated in Ferrari club track events. No price has been provided at this stage.
Said to harness technology and systems from the Italian brand’s 488 customer racing cars, the Modificata features a powertrain “no longer limited by the FIA Balance of Performance” regulations. That means power from the twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 rises to around 690bhp, while a carbon fibre clutch and the availability of altered transmission ratios allows it to harness the extra performance.
Ferrari hasn’t quoted a kerbweight figure, but we know it utilises a carbon fibre body with an aluminium roof and uprights. However, a downforce figure of 1000kg at 143mph is listed – well in excess of any roadgoing 488. “Completely revamped” aerodynamics generate higher downforce at the front without increasing drag and reducing high-speed performance.
Suspension is taken wholesale from the 488 GTE, while brakes developed with Brembo feature callipers from the world championship racers and an ABS system from the 488 GT3 Evo.
The Modificata’s cabin is typically stripped out and focused in the same vein as the racing models, too, but kit including a rear-view camera, full passenger seat, tyre pressure monitoring system and a V-Box/Bosch lap telemetry system is drafted in. A “wide variety” of customisation options are possible, too.
The new model will be admitted to Ferrari’s Club Competition GT track events, aimed at bringing “the most significant and successful cars in the recent history of Prancing Horse closed wheel racing” together on track. Five events around the world will be offered to customers throughout 2021.
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