Lo and behold, this is a one-off Ferrari that’s not entitled to wear a license plate! Based on the 488 GT3 and designed under the supervision of Flavio Manzoni hand-in-hand with engineers and the aero team, the P80/C takes influence from the 330 P3/P4 and Dino 206 S.
Both of them are sports prototypes from the 1960s, an era when Ferrari was dominant at Le Mans and beyond. Ferrari claims the P80/C “had the longest development period of any one-off to date,” with work starting back in 2015 at the previous Centro Stile.
The styling center where the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 hero cars were penned opened in September 2018, employing 100-plus designers and engineers. The chassis model workshop, Tailor Made divisions, and Atelier are all together under one roof, located on Viale Enzo Ferrari at the heart of the Prancing Horse’s factory in Maranello.
“A pure track car where peak performance is a major factor,” the P80/C has a 50-millimeter longer wheelbase compared to the 488 GTB. The mid-engine layout remains, as does the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8. Ferrari doesn’t mention a thing about performance, but in the GT3 racing car, the eight-cylinder engine develops fewer than 660 horsepower because the regulations mandate it.
The racing-oriented interior and motorsport steering wheel lead us to believe the transmission is not dual-clutch, but a sequential from Xtrac. The 458 GT3 and GTE, for comparison, used to run the LLS-200 transaxle from Hewland, sporting six forward ratios.
A wedge profile, two buttresses that merge into the side air intakes, and tinted wraparound windshield help the P80/C resemble the driver’s helmet and visor. The lack of headlights, catamaran-styled rear, and rear wing add to the visual drama of the track-only supercar.
It’s hard to estimate how much the owner paid Ferrari to come up with the P80/C, but we’re inclined to believe it’s more than the price of the 488 GT3. Or two of those. Even three. For the sake of reference, the Monza SP1 costs 1.6 million euros. On that note, would you take this home or the La Voiture Noire from Bugatti?