Taking the technology developed for the 488 GT3 and 488 GTE, Ferrari has developed the new 488 GT Modificata which does not necessarily meet international motorsport regulations to exploit its full potential. It can therefore only be raced at Ferrari’s own Club Competizioni GT events.
If you are an especially valued customer of Ferrari, perhaps you will be able to also buy one but the 488 GT Modificata is intended only for drivers who, in recent years, have participated in Competizioni GT with Ferrari or Club Competizioni GT.
Greater power for the legendary V8
‘Modificata’, in Ferrari terminology, means designs that have been evolved for better performance. Possessing the already impressive performance of the 488 GT3 and the 488 GTE, the 488 GT Modificata gets new technologies linked mainly to a powertrain no longer limited by the FIA Balance of Performance.
The legendary twin-turbo V8 has received specific components and materials from the racing engine, with more extreme and high-performance mapping. Maximum power delivered is now around 700 ps, flowing through a gearbox available with different transmission ratios and a carbonfibre clutch which copes with the increased power and torque.
The bodywork has completely revamped high-downforce aerodynamics, shifting the pressure centre forward. This generates higher downforce at the front without increasing overall drag, making for better efficiency and sensitivity to changes in rear wing angle.
Apart from the aluminium roof and uprights, the bodywork is entirely in carbonfibre like the 488 GTE. This contributes to a downforce of over 1,000 kgs at 230 km/h.
Enhanced driving dynamics
The engineers opted to use the 488 GTE’s suspension, with the braking system developed in partnership with Brembo. It features the low residual torque calipers that are fitted to world championship cars, coupled with an ABS system borrowed from the 488 GT3 Evo 2020, with settings customised. This synergy is said to provide drivers with formidable handling and powerful, stable braking with limited fading.
Although not meeting motorsport regulations, the car is nevertheless engineered to high safety standards, and fitted with the relevant safety equipment like a roll-cage, safety harnesses, etc.
The extensive standard equipment of the 488 GT Modificata includes a V-Box acquisition system, which is combined with Bosch’s telemetry data acquisition system. The expandable system allows data to be downloaded directly onto a USB stick. The high-resolution rearview camera, second seat and TPMS system for measuring tyre temperature and pressure also come as standard. Interestingly, even though the car is intended only for track use, there is air-conditioning installed.
Full personalisation available
Only a limited number will be built, and each car can be extensively customized on exterior and interior. The 488 GT Modificata will be admitted to Club Competizioni GT events which aims to bring back to the track the most significant and successful cars in the recent history of Ferrari closed-wheel racing.
In 2021, customers will have the chance to participate in 5events on tracks such as the Virginia International Raceway, Monza, Watkins Glen, Suzuka and Nürburgring, as well as the Finali Mondiali.