The 24 Hours of LeMons is finally upon us. Well, it’s actually been quietly crossing the nation since it kicked off on March 16th at Carolina Motorsports Park, but this is the first cool thing we have seen from it thus far.
One of the key rules of the LeMons circuit is that the car must not cost you more than $500 total, which includes buying and fixing your heap-of-choice – sans safety stuff, of course. Well, the last thing you would ever expect to see in this group of barely running rust buckets is a Ferrari P4/5, right?
Well, get that irony train rolling, as that is exactly what was there. No, no one managed to bamboozle some rich dude into selling a P4/5 for $500; this was just Jim Glickenhaus heading up the field at the Monticello, New York race that took place on April 6th and 7th.
You can check out the above video, which is shot from the pace truck, to see this $4 million one-off prancing horse leading a pack of rundown jalopies. As an added bonus, if you watch the whole video, you also get to see the pace truck haul the first casualty – a mid-1980s Dodge Charger – of off the track.
Our favorite Youtube user, Marchettino has done us a very big surprise today: he managed to shot an incredible video of the Glickenhaus’ Ferrari P4/5 Competizione. The video has been shot at the Pistenclub trackday event at Imola, where the car was taken for some testings during the day.
The video will show the car in from many different points of the track and you will have the chance to enjoy the spectacular sound of its V8 engine. So, turn up the volume really high!
And, just as a reminder, the P4/5 Competizione is based on a Ferrari 430 Scuderia and is powered by a V8 drivetrain of an F430 GT2 ALMS racing car. This engine delivers a total of 500 HP. Also, you will probably know that the racing team behind James Glickenhaus is now working on a new Ferrari LMP1 Race Car that will be featuring a KERS system brought by Magneti Marelli.
The racing team behind James Glickenhaus’ Ferrari P4/5 Competizione has an eye on building an actual alternative fuel Ferrari LMP1 race car. How serious are these guys?
Apparently, serious enough to actually release a number of teaser images on what the race car is going to look like. With the success the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione had at the Nurburgring earlier this year - it broke the 599XX Evo’s lap time around the ’Ring, making it the fastest Ferrari to blaze around the track - and the fiery burning session it had later on, the team still managed to take 1st place in the Alternative Energy Class in the 2012 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
With the taste of success still fresh, the team is looking at the possibility of building a new alternative fuel LMP1 race car, only this time, it’s got its eyes set on the series’ top dog, the Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro.
“We’re considering various possibilities for 2013 and 2014," the team said in a statement. "The LMP1 rules for 2014 are very suited to an Alternate Energy Car and we’re exploring the possibility of building and racing P 4/5 LMP in 2014.”
While no official details surrounding the car have been released, these teaser photos appear to be more than just a pipe dream for these guys. The cost will most likely be more than just an arm and a leg, but success comes with a true price - literally and figuratively - and the team behind the P4/5 Competizione appears to be willing to pay it.
Even though the official pictures taken by automotive photographer, Piotr Degler Jablonski have yet to be released, the following video gives us a good indication of how the photos will look. Hopefully, they’ll come our way in the following weeks where we’ll be sure to share with the full gallery if Jablonski allows us, and if indeed the gallery is released to the public.
In the meantime, check out the video and whilst doing so, keep in mind that the P4/5 Competizione ‘only’ pumps out 563 HP from its 430 Scuderia sourced 4.3-liter V8 engine, which makes its racing successes all the more impressive.
A few weeks ago, we let you know that the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione became the hottest thing to lap the Nürburgring, as it crushed the old Ferrari record around the Ring by over 7 seconds. Well, the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione was again the hottest thing on four wheels on the Ring, but this time in the literal sense. Yup, while in the pits at the Nürburgring, a small amount of fuel hit the red hot engine and… Well, you can fill in the blanks.
Needless to say, the rear end of the Ferrari became quite the fireball, thanks to racing fuel meeting the freshly raced engine. Fortunately, the picture of the fire makes it look a lot worse than it actually was, as the team was able to douse the fire and get the car back onto the track. We guess that all part of the typical pit crew day, huh?
What’s even more impressive is following this fire, the team managed to regroup and end up taking 1st place in the Alternative Energy Class in the 2012 24 hours of Nürburgring, which it entered as a hybrid, and 12th overall. Good job to the team for their racing and fire-fighting abilities!
James Glickenhaus’ Ferrari P4/5 Competizione just proved one more time has just proven yet again what a fantastic machine it is. According to Jalopnik, during the 24 Hours of Nürburgring qualifying round, the supercar lapped the famous Nurburgring in just 6:51. This makes it the fastest Ferrari ever around the Nurburgring, smashing the previous record of 6:58.16 held by the Ferrari 599XX. All Glickenhaus had to say about this impressive result was: "I think it’s pretty cool!" However, he did invite Ferrari to come and challenge their supercar.
As most people already know, the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione was built on a Ferrari 430 Scuderia and, for this year’s 24 hours of Nürburgring, combined a hybrid drive system with a 4.0L V8 engine. This new hybrid system is very similar to the KERS system used in Formula 1 cars and added an extra 80 HP to the car’s total output, leaving it with an impressive 563 HP.
It has been quite some time since we last heard anything about the amazing Ferrari P4/5 Competizione, but today rumors took root on the web that piqued our interest. According to RacingWorld.de, the supercar will be making another appearance at this year’s 24 hours of Nürburgring, but this time, it will combine a hybrid drive system with a 4.0L V8 engine.
At this point, there aren’t many details available, but it is believed that the V8 engine will be assisted by a Magneti Marelli electric motor that will add another 80 HP. If it is being matched up with the V8 from the one and only P4/5 Competizione, then we’re looking at 563 HP. This change will improve the car’s lap time by about six seconds. In fact, this new hybrid system is very similar to the KERS system used in the Toro Rosso and Red Bull Formula 1 cars.
Whether or not this engine modification will be combined with exterior upgrades is yet unknown, but we’ll keep our eyes and ears open. Stay tuned!
James Glickenhaus’ Ferrari P4/5 Competizione is one of the most impressive racing cars of the moment, taking the lead at this year’s 24 hours of Nurburgring. However, what we thought was going to be a sliver of racing history may be turning into something more. The P4/5 Competizione is preparing to receive an update for the next racing year, something a bit unconventional for a one-off model.
The current model is built on a Ferrari 430 Scuderia base and uses a custom-built Ferrari F136 DOHC V8 engine that delivers a total of 483 HP and 343 pound-feet of torque. All we have on the updated model at the moment are these computer generated images, but it is believed that the next P4/5 will receive modifications to the engine for better air flow and a decrease in pressure. There will also be updates made to the cornering stability. but the dark carbon black color scheme will be maintained.
We’ll dig around a bit more and provide more details as soon as we have them!
In effort to focus our attention to supercars and vehicles that are out of this world, we wanted to find something that was really bonkers. Naturally, the home of crazy things is usually Japan, but there cars seem to be getting duller by the second. So, we turned to that other crazy, wine loving country; Italy.
After searching high and low, we have found our vehicle, the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione. This is a machine that does not yet exist, but that won’t stop us from trying our best to find all the information we can about this gorgeous looking road rocket.
The only images we currently have of the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione are renderings, but those are good enough for now, as this supercar certainly looks good in that form. We’ve never heard anybody say that Ferrari can’t create something that looks like speed in motion.
UPDATE 05/18/2012: According to Jalopnik, during the 24 Hours of Nürburgring qualifying round, the supercar lapped the famous Nurburgring in just 6:51. This makes it the fastest Ferrari ever around the Nurburgring, smashing the previous record of 6:58.16 held by the Ferrari 599XX. All Glickenhaus had to say about this impressive result was: "I think it’s pretty cool!" However, he did invite Ferrari to come and challenge their supercar.
UPDATE 10/18/12: James Glickenhaus’ Ferrari P4/5 Competizione has been through a lot and even that statement seems like an understatement. Now, the super race car finds itself in Imola racing against some of the finest Ferraris you’ll ever find. The video comes courtesy of Marchettino, who seems to have an talent for always being at the right place at the right time when it comes to taking supercar videos. Check out the video after the jump!
More details on the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione after the jump.
Now that the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione made quite a sensation in the automotive world, the "Jim Glickenhaus" should say a lot to you as he is the man behind this impressive project. And now, Kinetic Fin takes you on a journey with Jim Glickenhaus as he pays homage to the way it was done in the 60’s when people just wanted to go racing.
In this video you will see Jim and family to Italy for the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance. You will hear the car revving one more time, and as usual its engine sound is simple music to our ears. Pay attention to the second 5:05. Although we are not very sure how this could happen, it is quite an unpleasant situation for the supercar. But, at least the car is alive, so no damage was done!