Looking for the ultimate flex at your next track day? Ferrari has the answer.
The Italian brand has revealed a new customer version of its Le Mans-winning 499P Hypercar, which is available for private customers to buy and use specifically as a track day car. The new 499P Modificata is a modified version of the racing Hypercar, built with customers in mind, as part of the brand's expansive customer drive day programs.
However, unlike the existing F1 Clienti program that allows customers to drive previously raced Formula 1 cars, the new Sport Prototipi Clienti will allow owners to drive a current-spec Ferrari prototype race car.
As the name implies, the 499P Modificata does feature some key modifications compared to the one that lines up on the World Endurance Championship grid. The changes are centred on the powertrain, which, freed from regulations, provides more power from both the twin-turbo V6 petrol engine and the electric motor.
Maximum power is now 640kW and the 200kW electric motor on the front axle operates at all times, instead of the restricted use in the racing version. Ferrari has also developed a ‘push to pass' system that allows the driver access to a further 120kW of power for a limited time.
Another major change are the tyres, with the racing Michelins replaced by a new, specifically developed Pirelli tyre. These have been designed to be more predictable and consistent for non-racing use by non-professional drivers.
To also cater for the amateurs that will drive the 499P Modificata, Ferrari has worked on a new handling package, which compromises ultimate lap time for more predictable handling and “maximise driving thrills” – according to the brand.
Ferrari hasn't said how many 499P Modificata it will build, but has said it will be a “strictly limited series.” And it won't come cheap, with reports it will cost €5.1 million, which is a staggering $8.7m at the current exchange rate.
It's not clear if that price will include the trackside operation and servicing, which Ferrari will offer as part of the package to owners.
But for those with the money and the desire to live out their Le Mans fantasies, this is the closest you can get to a factory Ferrari drive in a prototype racing car – while also having the ultimate track day flex.