Ferrari 499P Modificata is a Le Mans Hypercar you can buy
Ferrari has revealed the 499P Modificata, an unplugged version of its Le Mans-winning Hypercar for customer purchase and non-competitive track use. Effectively, it’s the ultimate closed-wheel track day weapon.
Even though it uses the same chassis, powertrain, bodywork and aerodynamics as the Le Mans Hypercar, the Modificata is obviously not constrained by the same stringent regulations. So the engine and hybrid system are allowed to work beyond the 680PS system output limitation, with a maximum of 870PS (640kW) at the disposal of its lucky buyers, at least when push-to-pass is activated for a seven-second burst with the push of a button. The rest of the time, the 499P Modificata is a 707PS (520kW) machine. As we know, the twin-turbo V6 engine used in both the racer and this customer car is derived from the unit seen in the 296 GT3, and distantly the 296 road car.
Of course, not all gentleman drivers are made equal, so Ferrari has tried to soften the edges of the racer in creating the Modificata. It swaps the race-spec Michelins for new Pirelli tyres developed to give a predictable handling feel. They’re designed to warm up quickly and deliver consistent performance over the course of several laps. The Modificata can also use its front axle at whatever speeds the driver desires, as opposed to the limit of 190kph (118mph) or over decreed by FIA rules in the racers. That means it can be all-wheel-drive all of the time.
Cars will meet owners in 2024, with Ferrari Sport Prototipi Clienti giving owners technical and logistical support and maintenance. Expect to see these on track alongside F1 cars at Clienti events, given the pace it’ll be able to muster.
So who can have one and for how much? Only Ferrari’s closest, most beloved and most dedicated customers will get the opportunity to buy in, and needless to say it’s a hefty price they’ll be paying. Specifically, more than £5million once taxes are paid. Hell’s teeth. Don’t worry though. Two years of events and assistance come free, as do tyres.