Single issue hypercars—usually custom projects for the most super-super-super-rich of super-rich clients—range from vanity projects to high-concept design efforts to hardcore track beasts that would scare the Gucci loafers off the average Gallardo owner.
The Ferrari P80/C, a new ride four years in the making and built for one unnamed collector for an undisclosed price, is a bit of each. It’s a design exercise that Ferrari promises can still slay any track in the world. The Italian marque unveiled the project Tuesday, describing it as both an homage to legendary Ferraris of eras past, namely the 330 P3/P4 and Dino 206 S race cars from the 1960s, and a precision-crafted “Hero Car” that makes little in the way of compromises.
Those marching orders came directly from the client who commissioned the effort (which is where the vanity bit comes in.) Said buyer worked with Ferrari designer Flavio Manzoni and the automaker’s performance engineers and aerodynamicists. [...]