Newsletter 62 – FERRARI KC23
This Ferrari isn’t a concept. Nor is it a production car. It is a completely one-off commission. The KC23 is a track-bred supercar with a devilish duality.
Its sleek, aerodynamic body can be configured in two ways, transforming from an elegant angel to a menacing devil. This one-of-a-kind creation was born from the minds of Ferrari’s Centro Stile and one of the prancing horse’s most dedicated collectors.
With its innovative design and proven race car architecture, the KC23 is sure to turn heads wherever it goes.
FERRARI KC23 Under the skin is the heart and soul of the 488 GT3 Evo 2020.
The 488 GT3 is a highly successful racing car that has won over 530 races and 119 championships. It is a natural choice for the basis of a track-only Ferrari, as its V8 twin-turbo engine, chassis, and suspension are all designed for maximum performance.
The KC23 is a one-off car that has been built exclusively for non-competitive track use, as opposed to road use.
But at standstill, the aerodynamic and cooling tricks hide themselves away. The Ferrari KC23 is a radical one-off car that is untethered from homologation constraints. It has a sleek, monolithic beauty, as if it were sculpted from a single block of metal.
When the engine is started, the car’s visual stance is transformed using custom kinematics to reveal its huge air intakes and active aerodynamics. This transition is almost organic, changing its physicality and mood from elegantly styled evening wear to total punk rock onslaught in the quest of downforce.
The KC23 was designed to be an instant classic, holding its own against the rarest and most iconic silhouettes in Ferrari’s back catalogue.
To achieve this, every one of the 488 GT3 Evo 2020’s lines was redesigned, including the glass surfaces and light clusters. Just like LaFerrari has butterfly doors that open up vertically, the KC23 has also got doors like this to boast about.
The KC23 is a car that is both beautiful and functional. It is a work of art that is also capable of delivering incredible performance on the track. It is a glimpse into the future of Ferrari design, and it is sure to be a collector’s item for years to come.
The headlights and rear lights have been redesigned. The headlights are inspired by the 499P endurance racer, which recently won the Le Mans 24 Hours. The rear lights are inspired by the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo single-seater concept.
The paintwork is also distinctive. It is a specially-developed four-layer aluminum livery called Gold Mercury. The liquid metal in the paint gives it an amazing luminous gleam when the sun shines on it. It looks like a real, living, breathing being. The color also changes depending on where you are standing and the light. It’s as captivating as the machine itself.
The cabin has been kept as pared-back as the race car, with the exception of door panels and a dashboard finish on the passenger side. The button-covered steering yoke and panel of rocker switches are pure endurance racing. The custom-made Alcantara bucket seats in the KC23 Ferrari SP car complement both the focused interior and urbane exterior.
This very unique and special car is hardly ever shown in public, but the owner is keen to share his collaboration with the whole world.
The first public appearance of the KC23 will be made at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK from the dates of July 13-16, and will then be going on display at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello from August 1 to October 2.
This is sure to inspire many Ferrari owners and lovers with its sleek design and luxurious interior. For one visionary customer, this dream car became a reality.