In what looks likely to be the last official gasp of the Ferrari 488, the mid-engine supercar that bridges the gap between the old 458 Italia and the current F8 Tributo, the famed automobile manufacturer in Maranello has introduced the 488 GT Modificata, a track-only limited-edition that employs race-derived technologies developed on GT3 and GTE race versions of the car.
The new machine, whose turbocharged V8 develops slightly less than 700bhp, but which also benefits from huge improvements in aerodynamics and downforce, is said to be a perfect synthesis of both cars, with the 488 GTE being one of Ferrari’s most successful closed-wheel racers of all time, with hundreds of international class wins and podiums to its name. Aside from an aluminium roof and uprights, the 488 Modificata is constructed entirely of carbon fibre and its advanced aero contributes to more than a tonne of downforce at 230km/h with no additional drag.
It also features a new braking system developed in partnership with Brembo, as well as an expandable V-Box/Bosch set-up that harvests key telemetry data and is fitted as standard equipment – as is a rear-view camera. Full personalisation is also offered to buyers, with production numbers restricted only to clients who have taken part in Ferrari Club Competizioni GT events during the past few years. And because the Modificato isn’t covered by FIA-sanctioned competition restrictions, the company’s engineers have enjoyed a relatively free hand as to which advanced technologies they’ve been able to employ.
Although it’s unlikely that anyone reading will be qualified to purchase one of these incredible and extremely rare machines, some solace can be taken from the fact that, in the case of Ferrari, racing really does improve the breed. Thus, we can expect at least some of technologies used in the 488 Modificata to trickle down and find their way into future road-going models.
This story first appeared on Prestige Hong Kong