Despite the prolification of individual tastes and styling in the modern automotive landscape, the folks from Maranello are known to shy away – and even lambast – controversial modifications to their vehicles.
Going so far as to file cease-and-desist orders to celebrities or even disowning rare vehicles from their lineup, Ferrari isn’t keen on having people ‘alter’ their idea of perfection. That said, the only proper way to ‘get what you want’ out of a Ferrari is to study their history, lineage, and design and then have them commission a one-off build for you; Oh, and did we mention having very deep pockets? Because that’s very important.
Following the likes of James Glickenhaus and his Ferrari P4/5, another very wealthy client has commissioned a stunning one-off build from Ferrari: Meet the P80/C. Boldly claimed as ‘the most extreme one-off design ever’ by the house of the Prancing Horse, this special vehicle appears destined for the circuit considering its no-compromise approach towards its design.
This build was commissioned as early as 2015 and is pegged to be a “sports prototype” inspired by a blend of the Ferrari 330 P3/P4 as well as the Dino 206 S from the ‘60s. For some reason, the design also emanates the look of the 308 or 288 GTO based from its proportions – especially from the rear.
Supposedly, however, the concave rear windscreen and aluminum louvers hark back to the 330 P3/P4. While the design is completely new, it had to be based off an existing platform to be considered a true Ferrari commission. In this case a Ferrari 488 GT3 lends its underpinnings to allow complete design freedom with its slightly extended wheelbase.
Powerplant details have yet to surface, but we can expect the same 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 pushing around 600 PS. Ferrari did say however that there’s an overall improvement to the car’s aerodynamics ‘therefore allowing it to make full use of its unrestricted engine’. Perhaps that implies there’s more power to be eked out of their motor then. A set of 18-inch tires are meant for circuit use while another set of 21-inch “exhibition wheels” will likely be worn during concourse-type events.
With one-off projects like this, the client nor its price will never be told to the public. From what we’ve dug up however it appears this vehicle was commissioned through BlackBird Concessionaires, the official distributors of Ferrari in Hong Kong. While it will most likely sit inside the collector’s garage, it’s good to see a healthy dose of taste from affluent individuals.