The one-off Ferrari KC23 looks way too good to be a track-only car

What you’re looking at isn’t a concept car. It is an actual new car from Ferrari, but one that isn’t bound by homologation constraints. This is the Ferrari KC23, and it is a one-off Ferrari for track use only. Yes, this one-off creation is not road-legal, but thanks to its owner, it will be making its first public appearance at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and will also be on display at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello from August 1 to October 2, 2023.

The special one-off creation is based on the Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 which is Ferrari’s most successful track car in its 76-year history. Having collected over 530 victories and 119 championship wins, it isn’t exactly a bad platform to build a unique private Ferrari.

Being a track-only car, the Ferrari KC23 isn’t bound by homologation constraints. Destined to be a radical creation, all of the 488 GT3 Evo 2020’s lines were redesigned, with glass surfaces and light clusters included.

The result is a futuristic Ferrari with moving body panels (active aero), a front end that pays homage to the 499P endurance racer, and a rear end that is inspired by the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo Single Seater. Stunning is quite an understatement (at least based on the picture) and it is a shame that this one-off Ferrari is limited to track use only. Even the special colour begs to be shown off in public.

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Speaking of the colour, the paintwork is a specially-developed 4-layer aluminium livery called “Gold Mercury”. Part of the paint is a liquid metal which gives it a luminous gleam in the sunlight. The colour changes depending on the light and where you’re standing. It all just seems a little too precious to be taken to the track. But hey, Ferrari says that the KC23 has been designed exclusively for “non-competitive track use” as opposed to the road.

Set to make its first public appearance at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, it would be interesting to see the KC23 in person. Especially since it adopts a clean look when parked (with the aero bits hidden), but as soon as you start the car, it transforms using custom kinematics to reveal its huge air intakes and active aerodynamics. To top it all off, the KC23 comes with butterfly doors.

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Essentially the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 underneath it all, the Ferrari KC23 is powered by a 3.9-litre V8 Twin Turbo engine that outputs 600 hp at 7,000 rpm and 700 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The transmission is a sequential 7-speed by Getrag. No further performance figures have been shared.

Inside, the KC23 is a Spartan racer with toggle switches, a roll cage, a utilitarian instrument cluster and a racecar steering wheel. The bucket seats are wrapped in Alcantara, bridging the focused interior and the urbane exterior.

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Sometimes Ferrari’s unique SP cars are never shown in public. In this case, the owner is keen to share his collaboration with the world. The KC23 will make its first public appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK from July 13 to 16, before going on display at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello from August 1 to October 2, much to the delight of the Ferraristi.

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