• Aug 2, 2010
Ferrari P4/5 Competizione – Click above for high-res image

There are no shortage of reasons why we love the Ferrari P4/5, and by extension, owner Jim Glickenhaus for bringing it to fruition. The Pininfarina-penned one-off drew its inspiration and design cues from the legendary P3/4, one of the most achingly beautiful – and devastatingly fast – Ferraris ever devised. Just one problem: the original P3/4 was a homologated race car, harking back to the days when you could drive your machinery to the track, race for the day and then blast back home. Those days are far behind us, but that's no problem for our old friend Jim. He'll just make another one.

And so was born the P4/5 Competition project, creating a racing version to compliment the street-legal coachbuilt special. Unlike the Enzo-based road car, Glickenhaus chose to base the Competizione model on an amalgamation of F430 underpinnings, using the 430 Scuderia's chassis (to ensure that it would be able to be converted back to street use once its racing days were over) and the F430 GT2's drivetrain to keep it up to speed with the competition.

The project is now well under way, and Jim has released the rendering you see above to give us a heads-up on what the final product will look like. Of course the design is largely the same as the P4/5 roadcar, but upgrades with some race-specific components, from the front splitter to the rear wing and a livery inspired by racing Ferraris of yore. Reports indicate that it will be classified as an experimental racer in the same vein as the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid. For our part, we can't wait to see it turn its wheels in anger at some of the world's most legendary circuits.



[Sources: PistonHeads, Jalopnik]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure this car will be good looking at all, but I'd really see more legit race cars out there and fewer experimental ones.

      Glickenhaus has shown that he knows that street cars are meant to be driven, not parked. Surely he understands race cars are meant to be raced, not paraded.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's the best way to spend your money! Go Jim!

      Bruce

      PS saw his car at Goodwood, it's a stunner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess it looks better in 3D than it does in photos. From here it just looks awkward.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ugly grill area
      • 4 Years Ago
      "the original P3/4 was a homologated race car, harking back to the days when you could drive your machinery to the track, race for the day and then blast back home."

      Not quite. The rules for sports prototypes in those days required a certain number to be built in order to qualify for endurance races like Sebring and Le Mans. The numbers were low and cars like GT40 and P3/4 were built in the required numbers, raced by factory and privateer race teams and driven by the best drivers in the world. They arrived at the track on transporters and rarely ended up in the hands of amateur drivers, much less drivers who drove them to Le Mans, Sebring or the Nurburgring and then drove them home.
      • 4 Years Ago
      damn.. must feel nice to have all that money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the driver line up has been announced:

      Salo
      Larini
      Giovanardi
      Cappellari

      Their palmares and pictures are on our facebook page.