Ferrari has taken the wraps off the KC23, a one-off commissioned by “one of the Prancing Horse’s leading collectors”. The letters ‘KC’ in the name are most likely the initials of the collector, but we don’t really need to scratch our heads too much on that, do we? But anyway, if you’re attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed, you might be able to catch a glimpse of this one-off. If you don’t, no need to worry, the car will be on display at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello from 1st August till 2nd October 2023 before finally joining the collector’s garage.
The 488 GT3 Evo 2020 forms the base of the KC23. Which means, the KC23 is also a track-only toy. I guess unless someone tells you what the donor car was, you wouldn’t be able to figure out that underneath that wacky body, there’s a 488 GT3 Evo 2020. And that’s because the idea apparently was to redesign every single one of the 488 GT3 Evo 2020’s lines, including glass surfaces and light clusters. It seems like the design team led by Flavio Manzoni has accomplished that goal; I mean, the KC23 barely looks like the 488 GT3 Evo 2020. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m getting a bit of SP38 and a tiny bit of Daytona SP3 vibes as well.
The bespoke bodywork also hides some aero trickery, such as those side air intakes—which automatically open when the V8 biturbo is fired up. And, although the KC23 is a track-only toy, the rear wing can be removed when not on the track for a more cleaner look. Those butterfly doors are another key difference; the architecture of it is said to be similar to that of the LaFerrari. The clamshell bonnet has a simple opening system – just two pins need to be removed.
The methacrylate light blades at the rear were apparently inspired by the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo. Ferrari has designed two different wheel sizes for the car. On racetracks, the KC23 will ride on 18-inch wheels, but for display purposes, the car will have a staggered setup of 21-inch at the front and 22-inch at the rear. Last but not least, the KC23 also boasts a Gold Mercury livery, courtesy of a specially-developed, four-layer aluminium paint.
The cockpit has been kept as pared-back and similar to the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 as possible, with the exception of the door panels and dashboard finish on the passenger side. The KC23’s specific seats are trimmed in Alcantara with an electro-welded logo.