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Ferrari P80/C is a one-off track-focused racer

March 27, 2019, 12:13 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
Ferrari P80/C is a one-off track-focused racer

-    The ‘Hero car’ pays homage to the Ferrari 330 P3/P4 and Dino 206 S.

-    Ferrari took nearly four years to make the P80/C.

-    Based on the Ferrari 488 GT3 race car.

Ferrari has built yet another bedroom wallpaper for the Prancing Horse fanatics and it is called the P80/C. The one-off machine is a homage to the race cars of the 1960s from Maranello, like the gorgeous 330 P3/P4 and Dino 206 S. Built on the 488 GT3 race car, it took the engineers/designers at Ferrari Styling Centre nearly four years to complete the P80/C and the result is simply mesmerising. 

In simple terms, the P80/C is a modern interpretation of the race car from the 60s. It needed sensuous sheet metal work and muscular wings formed by the intersection of concave and convex surfaces, says Ferrari. The P80/C truly brings the history of Italian coachbuilding into the modern day. It is not only pleasing to look at but also fully functional, going quickly around a race track. 

In terms of technicalities – the P80/C is five per cent more efficient, has underbody aerodynamics, the rear bodywork has Formula 1 inspired T-Wings, and the entire body is made up of carbon fibre. The powertrain is the same 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 from the 488 but is unrestricted so we have no official power figures. The car sits on 18-inch wheels when in the racing set-up but can be upgraded to 21-inches for exhibition set-up.  

For the sake of visual appeal, the headlights are minimal and the wheel arches are imposing. The windscreen wraps around the car and there are massive air intakes up front and on the rear wheel arch. Even more striking to look at is the rear, where a massive wing and an enormous racecar-like rear diffuser take up prominence. There is also a concave rear windscreen and aluminium louvres for the engine cover. 

The cabin is barred from any pleasantries and is simply hardcore as any GT3 race car is supposed to be. There is an F1-styles steering wheel with a myriad of control buttons on the centre console facing the driver. The racing bucket seats get a six-point harness and there is a cloth loop for door handles. There’s a screen as well which gives out information like lap time and vital car data, apart from gear position. And obviously, a roll cage is present in the cabin as well. 

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