Ferrari is offering affluent track aficionados an opportunity to acquire what is essentially a road-legal replica of its triumphant 499P LMH Le Mans race car, unencumbered by any racing guidelines or regulations.
The newly introduced model, known as the 499P Modificata, was unveiled at Ferrari’s annual Finali Mondiali event held at Italy’s famed Mugello Circuit. The occasion also saw the debut of Ferrari’s 296 Challenge race car and a one-of-a-kind SP-8 supercar.
The 499P Modificata’s production run will be restricted in quantity, although the exact limitations have yet to be disclosed by Ferrari. The vehicle will be made available through a newly established Sport Prototipi Clienti program, which will operate in conjunction with the existing F1 Clienti program under Ferrari’s broader client driver initiative.
The car carries a price tag of 5.1 million euros (approximately $5.4 million USD), which includes a two-year membership in the Sport Prototipi Clienti program starting in 2024. This membership encompasses all servicing, logistics, and even the provision of an engineering team for Ferrari-organized track day events.
Constructed on the same carbon-fiber monocoque chassis as its racing counterpart, the 499P Modificata incorporates features like push-rod suspension and brake-by-wire technology. These facilitate the front-mounted electric motor’s energy recovery during braking. Ferrari has recalibrated the suspension to offer a more pleasurable driving experience relative to the 499P race car, which secured a comprehensive win at the 2024 Hours of Le Mans.
The track car also employs specialized Pirelli tires, designed for enhanced handling predictability, quicker warm-up times, and improved feedback. The tire dimensions are 310/710-18 at the front and 340/710-18 at the rear.
In terms of the powertrain, the 499P Modificata retains its twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine and a seven-speed sequential gearbox to drive the rear wheels, along with a single electric motor powering the front wheels. However, unbound by racing constraints, the vehicle boasts a peak output of 697 horsepower, which can momentarily escalate to 858 horsepower through its Push to Pass system. Additionally, the engine mapping has been optimized to deliver higher torque at lower RPMs.
The model also eliminates the regulatory restriction that confined the use of the front electric motor to speeds above 118 mph. Likewise, the Push to Pass system can be employed without temporal restrictions, providing a temporary horsepower boost of 161, taking the total peak output to 858 horsepower. However, the system remains constrained by the battery’s state of charge and will disengage automatically once it falls below a certain threshold.
According to Ferrari, the result of these modifications is the company’s most potent vehicle that is not explicitly a race car.
Ferrari is also contemplating further variations of the 499P lineup. The company has filed trademarks for designations like 499 GTB, 499 GTS, and 499 Speciale, potentially indicating the introduction of more street-friendly versions of the 499P in the future. These acronyms traditionally signify various configurations: GTB for coupes, GTS for convertibles, and Speciale for more performance-oriented models. These names might also be utilized for the successor to Ferrari’s LaFerrari, which is currently undergoing tests.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ferrari 499P Modificata
What is the Ferrari 499P Modificata?
The Ferrari 499P Modificata is a limited-production track car that is essentially a road-legal version of Ferrari’s Le Mans-winning 499P LMH race car. It was unveiled at the annual Finali Mondiali event at Italy’s Mugello Circuit.
How much does the Ferrari 499P Modificata cost?
The 499P Modificata is priced at 5.1 million euros, which is approximately $5.4 million USD. This price includes a two-year membership in Ferrari’s new Sport Prototipi Clienti program starting in 2024.
What are the special features of the 499P Modificata?
The car is built on a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and features a push-rod suspension and brake-by-wire technology. It is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine and a single electric motor, boasting a peak output of 697 horsepower, extendable to 858 horsepower with its Push to Pass system.
How is the 499P Modificata different from the 499P LMH race car?
The 499P Modificata is not bound by racing regulations, allowing for modifications like higher peak output and the absence of speed restrictions on the use of its front electric motor. The car’s suspension has also been recalibrated for a more pleasurable driving experience.
What does the Sport Prototipi Clienti membership include?
The two-year membership in the Sport Prototipi Clienti program includes all servicing and logistics for the car. It also provides an engineering team for track day events organized by Ferrari.
Are there any plans for other versions of the 499P?
Ferrari has filed trademarks for names like 499 GTB, 499 GTS, and 499 Speciale, hinting at the possibility of introducing street-friendly versions of the 499P in the future.
What are the tire specifications for the 499P Modificata?
The vehicle employs specialized Pirelli tires designed for enhanced handling and quicker warm-up times. The tire dimensions are 310/710-18 at the front and 340/710-18 at the rear.
Is the 499P Modificata Ferrari’s most powerful car?
According to Ferrari, the 499P Modificata is the brand’s highest-performing vehicle that is not explicitly a dedicated race car.
More about Ferrari 499P Modificata
- Ferrari’s Official Website
- Finali Mondiali Event Overview
- 2024 Hours of Le Mans Results
- Sport Prototipi Clienti Program Details
- Pirelli Tire Specifications
- Ferrari’s Future Model Trademarks
- LaFerrari Successor Updates