Ferrari, having secured its first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1965 earlier this year, is determined to revive the tradition of offering winning race cars for sale. The Italian automaker will make the 499P Modificata, a variant of the 499P Le Mans Hypercar, available for purchase to track enthusiasts.
To clarify, this is not a car intended for professional racing, but rather for individuals who want to own the ultimate track-day car in the form of a 499P. Unlike the Toyota GR Super Sport or the Aston Martin Valkyrie, which are road cars transitioning to the Hypercar class, the 499P Modificata is a dedicated track car. Free from racing rule restrictions, it can be more powerful and maximize the hybrid technology it incorporates.
The 499P Modificata boasts an impressive 697 horsepower, four-wheel drive operable at speeds much lower than FIA guidelines, and specially designed Pirelli tires. The hybrid powertrain’s assistance can be activated at the push of a button, boosting the total output to a peak of 858 horsepower. With performance exceeding even the most extreme road cars, the 499P Modificata finds itself in the same league as the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro and Bugatti Bolide.
Given the complexity of the hybrid system and the challenges associated with running such a high-performing vehicle, Ferrari has introduced the Sport Prototipi Clienti program to provide direct support to owners. This program maintains and supports the 499P Modificata, similar to Ferrari’s F1 Clienti program for owners of historic F1 cars. Additionally, this allows Ferrari to refine its expertise in developing complex and modern track cars, providing an infrastructure for future ambitious projects.
Ferrari has yet to disclose the price for the 499P Modificata. As there are no comparable prototype racers currently available from major manufacturers, determining a benchmark is difficult. However, a ready-to-race Porsche 963, designed for customer race teams, comes with a price tag of $3 million, providing some indication of the potentially high cost of the Ferrari.