Ferrari has curated its most extreme Supercar ever, and it’s dubbed the P80/C. You can bet your last penny that this special one-off is a collector’s item and available for a very select few.
Inspired by the 330 P3/P4 and the 1966 Dino 206 S, the Ferrari P80/C is created to exude the sensual shape of those iconic models through more muscular wings formed by the intersection of concave and convex surfaces.
Kicked off in 2015, the P80/C project had the longest development time of any Ferrari one-off made to date. It is beyond any doubts that the P80/C is a track car and utilizes the 488 GT3 chassis as a base. The extreme Ferrari supercar has a longer wheelbase (+ 50 mm compared to the 488 GTB) which allowed more creative freedom. With respect to the Ferrari 488’s classic layout in which the cockpit tends to be placed centrally, the GT chassis allowed the designers to emphasis a cab forward-effect in which the rear is elongated, lending the car a more aggressive, compact character.
From the side, a wedge shape dominates the side view at the front of the car. The muscular forms of the front and rear wings with the cockpit set in between are emphasised by very broad buttresses that expand towards the side air intakes. The flying buttresses converge towards the roof underlining the visor effect of the greenhouse. All of these features are references not only to the 330 P3/P4 but also homage to the Dino and the 250 LM Berlinetta’s. In addition, the side windows merge graphically with a wide pocket created by the side air intakes giving a dynamic downward movement to the rear flanks. This disruptive line balances the wedge-shaped front flanks and visually separates the rear section from the rest of the car.
Ferrari P80/C: If looks could kill
A glance at the front entails a catamaran-style formal geometry, a combination of the nose and wing-like shape structure, large radiator air vents behind this wing-like structure and the awesome bonnet.
One other highlight is the housings are not set into an oval grille but look more like two pockets carved out of the front of the car.
From the rear, the spoiler is very wide to meet aerodynamic requirements and incorporates the two signature rear lights. Even the rear fascia, which leaves the running gear fully visible, has a catamaran-type architecture. Other rear highlights include a concave rear windscreen and aluminium louvres on the engine cover.
At bird’s eye view, the bodywork is widest over the front axle, but then narrows sharply to a tight sculpted waistline around the rear door before broadening out again dramatically at the tail. On the one hand, the C-pillars wraparound the intercooler air intakes, while on the other, they accentuate the sharp drop in height between the roof and the surfaces of the rear engine cover. Compared to a more normal continuation of the roofline over the engine cover, a more extreme solution was preferred, creating a large void rear of the cockpit with a vertical rear screen. To stress on aerodynamics, Ferrari’s extreme super car has specific front splitter and a shared diffuser, from the 488 GT3. One aerodynamics highlight is the T-wing, adopted from Formula 1, with a purpose to reduce the length of the flow over the rear.
Options to spruce this track car are a carbon-fiber wing and 18” single-nut wheels or 21” wheels (exhibition only). The super car is painted a bright statement Rosso Vero. The name was chosen by the client, proving that his loyalty to Ferrari’s sports prototype tradition extends all the way to colour.
As we peek inside, the Ferrari P80/C has a roll cage integrated into the bodywork. The side sections of the dashboard have been redesigned from the version seen on the 488 GT3, as have the seat upholstery and door panels (carbon-fibre shells) to reduce gross weight.