Rumors have been circulating for a few months now that Ferrari could be gearing up to challenge for outright victory at Le Mans once again with an LMP1 racer of its own. First the head of the sports racing division hinted at the prospect, then the head of the Formula One team lent it more credence, and most recently, the chairman of the company itself confirmed the possibility. We've even heard some rumors over who could drive the thing. But what we haven't seen yet is any solid proof that the Prancing Horse marque has actually been working on such a racecar.

That could be what we're looking at it here, but then again, it might not be. Spied undergoing testing in Southern Europe, this camouflaged test mule appears to be based on the new LaFerrari supercar, but with some key modifications that indicate this isn't the road-going version. The revised aero is a dead giveaway, with that giant front splitter jutting out like a swollen lip and a massive rear wing protruding from the back. The headlights are different, it's got center-lock wheels fitted at each corner and there's a big snorkel air scoop protruding from the engine bay.

What's clear is that this is test mule has definitely been set up for the race track. The only question is, to what end? Even with all the add-ons, it's still nowhere near as extreme as the purpose-built prototypes that Audi, Toyota and Porsche will be fielding in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year, and it's missing key features like the mandatory center tailfin. It could be a platform for testing components to use on an upcoming LMP1, but if not for the aforementioned Le Mans rumors, our money would have been on something else – be it a GT racing version of LaFerrari like Maserati did with the Enzo-based MC12, or a customer track toy to follow in the footsteps of the (also Enzo-based) FXX and the 599XX that followed.

We suppose we'll find out soon enough, but one thing's for sure: Ferrari isn't working on this just for the heck of it, so expect something wicked this way to come within the next year or two.


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      ELG
      • 11 Months Ago
      not a LMP car. not at all.
        Drakkon
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ELG
        The 2014 LMP rules will yield cars that seem more akin to 1990s GT1 rules. No harm no foul, they just won't look as wild in the coming years as they have in the past 4-5 years.
          johnnythemoney
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Drakkon
          Have you seen the 2014 Audi R18? As "wild" as it ever was I'd say.
      maxdamage
      • 11 Months Ago
      a Ferrari prototipe spotted in "southern europe"....mmmmm....i dare say, could it be Italy???
        Manuel de Sousa
        • 11 Months Ago
        @maxdamage
        Yes, Ferrari's Fiorano test track. I wonder if any Corvette was ever spotted testing in North America
      Dave D
      • 11 Months Ago
      I bet it's being used as a test bed for Ferrari's 2014 engine. Not sure what they'll do with it after that as it certainly can't compete with the LMP1 cars at Le Mans. It's extremely cool looking and all, but couldn't hang with a purpose built car.
        Dave D
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Dave D
        I meant to say being used as a test bed for Ferrari's 2014 Formula 1 engine.
      timber
      • 11 Months Ago
      Michael Schumacher would have been perfect to drive this cavallino to the chequered flag...
      Cayman
      • 11 Months Ago
      I hope so, but I have a hard time believing it. It's hard to believe that the first images of the car would show up just 3 months before the start of the season and still no concrete information.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Cayman
        [blocked]
          Cayman
          • 11 Months Ago
          With absolutely nobody snapping a single photo of it? Seriously doubtful. I hope I'm wrong though.
        Liam
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Cayman
        Theres not a chance its for this season. Next year at the earliest.
      sixsix
      • 11 Months Ago
      This car has been stretched. It's considerably longer than the LaFerrari Road car. Surprised no one caught this. It's definitely going to be the FXX replacement or a real race car to compete in Lemans.
      OpenTrackRacer
      • 11 Months Ago
      Note the triangular high voltage warning sticker on the side. This is a mule for testing the 2014 F1 power unit.
        Tom Winch
        • 11 Months Ago
        @OpenTrackRacer
        Yep, I agree. With the very limited testing allowed in F1, Ferrari is finding another way to test it's "power unit".
          DonS
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Tom Winch
          Saw a video elsewhere and the sound this thing makes is very different ... lending credence to the V-6 powertrain test mule theory.
          ROLO
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Tom Winch
          no
      AP1_S2K
      • 11 Months Ago
      even cooler is that La Ferrari is utilizing Motegi Racing wheels.... very cool, Motegi has come a long way, congrats to Motegi.
      sparrk
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Maserati MC12 was based on the Enzo, this is the test mule for the new LaFerrari based Maserati.
        ROLO
        • 11 Months Ago
        @sparrk
        i liked your first sentance but your last sentence was a statement You dont work at ferrari and you dont know that.
      ROLO
      • 11 Months Ago
      Its not a P1. So the second half of this article was for what?
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ROLO
        [blocked]
          OpenTrackRacer
          • 11 Months Ago
          There is no way this could morph into a P1 car. It could be a GT entry but it's likely just a mule for 2014 F1 engine testing.
      Allaround
      • 11 Months Ago
      Finally, a LaFerrari I can like! Well, that's probably because the camo is covering up it's hideousness.
      gtv4rudy
      • 11 Months Ago
      Reminds me of a Chaparral 2D
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