Ferrari P4/5 Competizione on track
TG negotiates entry to the track where the racing version of a bespoke Enzo is being tested
Posted: 19 Apr 2011
Paolo Garella, ex-Pininfarina (where he also oversaw the Stratos one-off) and project manager on the P4/5C, initially talked to Glickenhaus about Le Mans, but when that stalled, they turned their attention to the increasingly high-profile Nürburgring 24-hours race. Where Le Mans is governed by a labyrinthine set of rules, the 'Ring is a bit more flexible, not least because it has an experimental class (EXP1) for cars that don't fit anywhere else. They toyed with rebodying a Maserati MC12 (too wide), using Ferrari's carbon-tubbed 333 SP (too old), before deciding to use a 430 GT2 as the donor car.
"We thought: let's not reinvent the wheel," says Glickenhaus, "let's take a Ferrari GT2 and do our thing, we know that works, we know the body of our car works. People think it's a rebodied Enzo, but it has 400 unique engineering systems in it - it's lighter, it has much more downforce..." He trails off, but there's a glint in his eye.