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November 2, 2023

Ferrari Will Sell You This P 306M Car That You Can't Drive On The Road Or Race Competitively

Ferrari will be offering a select number of clients a racecar that you can’t race competitively with the 499P Modificata. Celebrating Ferrari’s return to the top class of endurance racing, the 499P Modificata is essentially a derestricted 499P—the same car that raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year.

As a project, the 499P Modificata is unique. It’s a track-only model developed directly from a racing car, rather than a production model. The 499P Modificata doesn’t adhere to the limitations imposed by various technical regulations and as a result, can’t be used competitively. It can, however, be used on special Ferrari track days.

The 499P Modificata retains the cockpit, with its single-seater layout, and ergonomics of the 499P, providing clients with the same driving experience as the crews who drove the racing cars #50 and #51 that took the win, Hyperpole, and fastest lap in the race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Power comes from a mid-rear mounted V6 (basic architecture shared with the 296 GT3) with an electric motor on the front axle. All in all, it delivers 870 horsepower since it’s unhampered by FIA regulations. The powertrain is equipped with a 272 horsepower (200 kW) electric motor with a differential and an Energy Recovery System (ERS) which recharges the battery during deceleration and braking. The 800-volt battery pack was developed using the company’s Formula 1 experience. The power unit is coupled to a seven-speed sequential gearbox.

Sporting an all carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, the 499P Modificata has push-rod suspension and a sophisticated braking system that incorporates brake-by-wire tech that allows the front axle to recover energy during braking.

Not having to comply with the FIA WEC regulations allowed the engineers to introduce new tech in the 499P Modificata. The first regards activating the front axle at low speed (the 499P was limited to speeds above 190 km/h) enabling the driver to benefit from four-wheel drive. This solution offers advantages in terms of performance and drivability, making it possible to exploit the additional grip offered by the front wheels, and to optimize the distribution of torque between the axles.

Another important modification made possible by the 499P Modificata’s freedom from specific regulatory constraints is the introduction of the “Push to Pass” system. This lets the driver benefit from 163 horsepower of power available for a limited period during the lap in addition to the nominal 707 horsepower output.

Other changes include special tires developed by Pirelli and a complete recalibration of the suspension set-up, electronic controllers and engine mappings.

Owners of the 499P Modificata will be able to run their cars in Ferrari’s new Sport Prototipi Clienti program that, from 2024, will run alongside the existing F1 Clienti program. This enables 499P Modificata owners to participate in several events on international tracks every year, with Ferrari taking care of logistics, track-side assistance, and maintenance.

Oh, and in case you wanted to know, each 499P Modificata is priced at around USD 5.4 million or around P 305.861 million.

1 comment:

  1. It's overly priced though I believe the select number of clients will still snatch 'em up fast.


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