Ferrari Unveils the 488 GT Modificata
Just a few days after Lamborghini unveiled the Huracan STO Omologata, Ferrari has revealed its extreme version of the 488, called the Ferrari 488 GT Modificata. The names might sound similar, but the two machines are quite different from one another.
The Ferrari 488 GT Modificata is essentially a car that incorporates the technology developed for the 488 GT3 and 488 GTE made exclusively for track day usage, unlike the Huracan STO Omologata that is actually road legal.
According to Ferrari, the word “Modificata” here means “evolved for better performance”, and what they have done with the car is fit a tweaked version of the famous twin-turbo V8 engine which produces 700 hp.
Paired to the mill is a gearbox which is available with different ratios and a carbon-fibre clutch, which help to manage the increased power and torque delivered by the engine.
After intense development work on the Nordschleife, the 488 GT Modificata benefits from 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 carbon-fibre like the 488 GTE. This contributes to a downforce of over 1000 kg at 230 km/h.
Fitted with the same suspension setup as the 488 GTE, the Modificata’s braking system was developed in partnership with Brembo. It features the low residual torque callipers that are fitted to world championship cars, coupled with an ABS system borrowed from the 488 GT3 Evo 2020, with specific settings.
Other standard equipment includes a V-Box acquisition system which is combined with Bosch’s telemetry data acquisition system that allows data to be downloaded directly onto a USB stick, a high-resolution rear-view camera, a second seat, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Like all Ferraris, the 488 GT Modificata offers customers a wide range of customisation options for both the exterior and interior. The car, produced in a very limited series, will initially only be available for drivers who, in recent years have participated in Competizioni GT with Ferrari or Club Competizioni GT.
The 488 GT Modificata will be admitted to Club Competizioni GT events, an initiative that is carving out an increasingly prominent place among Ferrari’s track activities. The aim of Club Competizioni GT is to bring back to the track the most significant and successful cars in the recent history of Prancing Horse closed-wheel racing, from the F40 Competizione to the more recent 488 GT3 and GTE.