When Ferrari secured its first victory at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1965, it marked a significant moment in the history of the iconic Italian automaker. This triumph wasn’t just a return to glory on the racetrack; it was also a revival of a tradition that dates back to the 1960s when customers could purchase the same magnificent Ferraris that dominated the world of motorsports. Ferrari is now set to offer a piece of this Le Mans-winning legacy to non-racing customers with the introduction of the Ferrari 499P Modificata, a high-performance track car like no other.
The 499P Modificata is not your typical road-legal sports car, nor is it a vehicle designed for privateer racing teams. It is, in essence, the ultimate track-day car, a thoroughbred machine born from the Le Mans-winning 499P Hypercar. What sets the 499P Modificata apart from other hypercars is its unbridled freedom from the regulations that typically bind race cars. It’s a pure track car that lets Ferrari explore the boundaries of performance without restraint.
Under the hood, the 499P Modificata roars to life with 697 horsepower, and it’s not alone in its quest for speed. Unlike its road-going counterparts, such as the Toyota GR Super Sports and the Aston Martin Valkyrie, which are designed for on-road use, the 499P Modificata’s sole purpose is to tear up the racetrack.
One of the most remarkable features of the 499P Modificata is its hybrid powertrain. Ferrari has cleverly harnessed the capabilities of hybrid technology, making it a significant asset to this high-performance machine. By pushing a button, the car can unleash its full potential, generating a peak output of a mind-boggling 858 horsepower. This power puts the 499P Modificata in an exclusive league, alongside hypercars like the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro and the Bugatti Bolide, both of which are designed for extreme performance.
However, what sets the 499P Modificata apart is its classification as a Le Mans Hypercar. It’s not just a hypercar; it’s a hypercar that is built with racing pedigree and heritage. But, with great power comes great responsibility, and the 499P Modificata isn’t an easy car to handle, even for experienced drivers. To ensure that owners get the most out of their investment and enjoy their track experience to the fullest, Ferrari has introduced the Sport Prototipi Clienti program. This program, similar to the famed F1 Clienti program for historic F1 cars, provides comprehensive support for 499P Modificata owners, including maintenance and technical assistance.
In a market where customers can purchase ready-to-race vehicles like the Porsche 963 for around $3 million, it’s safe to say that the 499P Modificata will likely command a premium price. However, for those fortunate enough to acquire one, they will not only own a piece of Ferrari’s rich motorsport history but also a track machine that is virtually unparalleled in its segment.