It should make the daily commute more exhilarating.
If you're looking to lighten your wallet of a couple of hundred thousand dollars, you could treat yourself to a Ferrari SF90. The svelte Italian packs plenty of punch paired with pin-sharp handling, thanks to a well-sorted chassis and communicative steering. Simply put, if you're looking for something even more engaging, you'll have to go racing - unless, that is, you purchase the 2018 Ferrari 488 Challenge you see below.
Originally conceived as a track-only race car, seller Sasso Automotive claims this is the world's first road-legal Ferrari 488 Challenge. Yes, you read that correctly - this stripped-out, hardcore track weapon is legally allowed to transport you to the supermarket and back - in the UK.
The UK-based dealership hasn't shared any details on the conversion but notes the process was carried out by a professional race team. It sounds a lot to us like the work of Lanzante Automotive.
Several modifications have made the mid-engined Italian easier to live with, such as a rearview camera. Look closely, and you'll note the spartan center console now has controls for the horn and hazard lights. Of course, the sticky racing rubber has been swopped out for road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Elsewhere, a pair of aftermarket-looking daytime running lights have been placed in the prominent front air vents.
It's certainly set to cause a stir when you pop into town for some milk, especially with the vivid Gulf Oil livery. The wrap has been on the car since new, but the dealership will be happy to remove it at the new owner's request.
The four-year-old Ferrari has been used sparingly, covering a mere 500 miles from new. The 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 has barely been run in, but with a claimed 660 horsepower and 560 lb-ft, that task should prove fun.
The 488 GTB on which it's based is already a rapid car, but thanks to a crash diet, the Challenge is even faster. Tipping the scales at 2,954 lbs, the focused Italian is capable of reaching 60 mph in a mere 2.8 seconds. It's safe to assume this particular model is slightly heavier, given the various modification needed to make it road legal.
While interesting, we can't imagine why anyone would want to drive a race car on the road. Yes, the idea sounds very appealing but remember, the Challenge has none of the regular 488's amenities. There's no radio or satellite navigation, and while those racing seats look supportive, we're not too sure they'll be comfortable when you're stuck in a traffic jam. Without the sound-deadening materials found in the road car, it will likely make for an exhausting commute.
But, if you're looking for something to hammer on a quiet Sunday morning - or prefer to drive your weekend toy to the track and back - it does make a lot of sense. What's more, you'll be the only person on the road with a fully legal Ferrari 488 Challenge, so that's something. The Ferrari is listed as "Price On Application" which means, quite simply, if you have to ask, you can't afford it.
Even if you could swallow the price tag, it's highly unlikely that it would be made road legal here in the States.
We wouldn't be surprised if Lanzante was tasked with transforming this race car into a road-going missile. Previously, the company has converted six examples of the fearsome McLaren P1 GTR into street-legal monsters. The UK-based racing specialists also set about making the world's first road-legal Pagani Zonda Revolucion, an exceedingly rare (one-of-five) masterpiece with an 800-hp V12.