Today, Ferrari revealed the 488 GT Modificata, another dedicated race car, though this one sort of falls between the 488 GTE and the 488 GT3, blending the best aspects of both into a new offering. Ferrari calls it “a perfect synthesis” between the two.
The company significantly upgraded the engine, now free of the FIA Balance of Performance regulations, increasing the maximum power to around 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts). That’s more than what Ferrari offers in the GTE and GT3. Handling the power will be a carbon-fiber clutch and a gearbox that’s available with different ratios.
Ferrari engineers gave the 488 GT Modificata revamped high-downforce aerodynamics, shifting the pressure center forward. This way, the car generates higher downforce at the front without increasing overall drag, meaning it becomes less sensitive to changes in the rear wing angle. Total downforce generated is rated at more than 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs) at 230 km/h (143 mph).
Like the 488 GTE, its body is almost entirely made from carbon fiber, apart from the aluminum roof and uprights that is. The braking system meanwhile was developed alongside Brembo, featuring low residual torque calipers like the ones fitted to world championship racers. The ABS system is borrowed from the 488 GT3 Evo 2020, but set up specifically for the GT Modificata.
Standard equipment includes a V-Box working in conjunction with Bosch’s telemetry data acquisition system, a high-resolution rear-video camera, second seat, plus the TPMS system for measuring tire temperature and pressure. As for customization, buyers can pretty much get whatever they want in terms of exterior and interior aesthetics.
Since this is a limited series model, the Italian carmaker will initially only sell it to drivers who have recently participated in Competizioni GT with Ferrari or Club Competizioni GT. Next year’s Club Competizioni GT calendar includes the Virginia International Raceway, Monza, Watkins GLen, Suzuka and the Nurburgring.