Monza. The heartbeat of Italian motorsport. Home to some of the most romantically oil-flecked dudes ever to climb into a racing car. Stomping ground of the tifosi. Ahead lies one of Formula 1’s most notorious chicanes, the Variante del Rettifilo, which flows into the breathtaking curva grande, and then the Curve di Lesmo. This place is hugely fast and hugely historic. On a warm day, the light has a liquid quality and strafes the trees in poetic shards.
So, we have the location. We also have the car, the Ferrari P80/C. The what? It has fabulous front wings, prominent rear buttresses, a visor cockpit, and enough aero to retard a rocket. But it’s also as enigmatic as the guy who commissioned it, a true flight of fantasy, one of one, with a price to match (circa £5 million or roughly P313.9 million). It’s based on the 488 GT3 racer, so it comes with a take-no-prisoners default setting and Pirelli slicks. The paint finish is called Rosso Vero—true red—and has a ceramic finish that requires above-average valeting skills.
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P80/C might not be wearing the SP nomenclature that denotes it as the latest from Ferrari’s Special Projects division, but that’s what it is. This is the skunkworks that sits at the summit of Ferrari’s product hierarchy, and invites top clients to create their own cars. According to ex-Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa, SP clients “effectively embody the marque, and [go] beyond just being a collector.”