The Ferrari P80/C made its first public appearance at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Ferrari didn't bring the flagship SP90 Stradale hypercar to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, sadly. Taking its place, however, was the one-off Ferrari P80/C, which made its world debut at the show. The track-only supercar was announced back in March, but this was our first chance to see it in action being thrashed around the Goodwood Hillclimb course, where it looked and sounded utterly sublime. This might be Ferrari's best-looking one-off creation yet. Work on the project began in 2015, which is the longest development period of any one-off Ferrari.
Based on the 488 GT3 race car, the P80/C was commissioned by a client who wanted a unique track car. Essentially, it's a modern interpretation of Ferrari's legendary Sports Prototype racing cars from the 1960s, such as the 330 P3/P4, Dino 206 S, and 250 LM that inspired many of Ferrari's most iconic road cars. The tinted wraparound windshield, for example, is a homage to classic Ferrari race cars, while the engine cover with aluminum louvers is a reference to the Ferrari 330 P3/P4. Elsewhere, the flying buttresses make the glasshouse resemble a racing driver's helmet visor.
Since the P80/C doesn't need to meet road regulations, Ferrari has replaced the headlights with simple slits that recall the air intakes in the grille of the 330 P3/P4, while the huge rear spoiler incorporates two taillights that look like air vents, reflecting the front design.
Ferrari hasn't confirmed powertrain details, but being based on the 488 GT3 means the P80/C is likely powered by a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 – and you can hear it sing in a video of the P80/C. But while 488 GT3 was capped at 592 hp to meet category restrictions, the P80/C should have at least 660 hp on tap to match the road-going 488 GTB.
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