The Ferrari 488 Pista is a unique racing-inspired supercar for the street, but the 488 GT Modifata is a different animal. The limited edition, track-ready race car slots neatly between the hardcore 488GT3 and 488GTE.
And as such, the 488GT modifata is, according to Ferrari, transcending the limits imposed by the FIA Balance of Performance (BOP) regulations, allowing the Italian carmaker to unleash the full racing potential of the car.
Ferrari’s newest track toy combines the vital performance of the 488 GTE and GT 3 race cars. The ‘Modificata’ moniker points to a lot of modified everything, including the engine, Aero bodywork, and even the paint delivery.
It has a 3.9 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine (similar to the 488 Pista), producing 690 horsepower courtesy of ‘innovative solutions’ and ultra-high performance ECU mapping. The high-strung racing engine is connected to a carbon-fiber clutch in a gearbox, which, according to Ferrari, can be ordered with different gear ratios.
The most crucial aspect of a racing car – specifically one with a modified racing engine – is how hard it sticks to the road. In the new 488GT Modificata, Ferrari tinkered with the aerodynamics to push the pressure center forward, allowing it to generate more downforce in the front without increasing drag.
According to Ferrari, the 488 GT Modicata carries over 200 pounds (1000 kilograms) of downforce at 142 mph (230 kg). The lightweight body is made of carbon fiber, and the upright and the roof are made of aluminum to reduce weight.
Currently, the suspension is derived from the 488 GTE while the brakes are being developed in partnership with Brembo. The braking system features an ABS 488 GT3 EVO with race-specific settings. Moreover, the low residual torque calipers are the same to the champion racing cars.
The standard equipment includes two seats, a high-resolution review camera and a tire pressure monitoring system that measures temperature and tire pressures. The Ferrari 488 GT Modificata has a standard V-Box acquisition system with Bosch telemetry data, which makes it effortless to download your track data on a USB stick.
It is safe to say that the new Ferrari 488 GT Modificata is one of the most coveted track-ready racing machines to leave the gates in Maranello. If you will, bad: only drivers / owners who raced in a Ferrari Competiozini GT or Club Competizioni GT event are entitled to buy one. Ferrari has yet to reveal the actual production numbers or pricing, but a hardcore Ferrari track monster is hard to ignore.