With one foot in the past and another in Ferrari's current racing efforts, the P80/C is a labour of love for a prominent collector.
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Ferrari has whipped the covers off its latest, 'most extreme' one-off customer design yet, in the form of the retro-futuristic P80/C.

Inspired by the 330 P3/P4 and 1966 Dino 206 S, development on the P80/C started in 2015, giving the car the longest gestation period of any one-off Ferrari.

Rather than slapping a set of fresh body panels over the 488 GTB's base structure, the design team took a 488 GT3 and set about creating the track-ready weapon you see here.

Thanks to its wheelbase, which is 50mm longer than the road car's, the GT3 chassis allowed designers to give the P80 a cab-forward look and longer rear deck. It's much wedgier than the 488, and the wraparound windscreen is an unashamed nod to racing prototypes past.

There are also flying buttresses, a pinched cockpit between broad haunches, and louvred front wheel arches to call classic Ferraris to mind.

Behind the classic lines are a raft of clever aerodynamic tricks, designed to make the P80/C a seriously sticky beast on the track. The front splitter is unique, and the external surfaces of the diffuser are different to those used on the 488 GT3, because there are no pesky FIA rules to limit their effectiveness.

Ferrari says it's five per cent more aerodynamically efficient than the GT3, required to handle the power of the unrestricted twin-turbo V8 engine.

There are actually two exterior configurations on offer: one with the full array of aero addenda, and another clean, aero-free design aimed at showing off the car's shape in its cleanest form.

With slim slits for headlights and taillights hidden among the open rear, which calls to mind the McLaren P1 at a glance, it's certainly distinctive.

Inside, the cabin is pure 488 GT3. That means FIA-approved bucket seats, a button-festooned steering wheel, and a fully digital instrument binnacle all feature, along with some delightful blue trim. Looks pared-back and purposeful, huh?

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