In terms of making even more extreme interpretations of existing cars, the majority of automakers, particularly those already producing very fast and powerful machines, are adept and typically habitual in their pursuit of the dramatic. Here’s that latest example, this time from Maranello.
Called the Monza SP1 and SP2, they are Ferrari’s first in a series of very limited ‘Icona’ models. Both open-top Speedsters, the first is a single-seat variant where as the SP2 has space for a single passenger. Essentially, though, they are the same car, with underpinnings and powertrain components shared with the 812 Superfast.
Despite their seeming lack of creature comforts, these sleek modern homages to classic race cars and the original Ferrari Barchetta such as the 166 MM and 750 Monza, that are anything but cheap, with estimates being in the region of $3 million US Dollars. In typical fashion, however, the sufficiently wealthy can’t just cut a cheque and take delivery of one, rather needing to be personally deemed worthy of ownership by Ferrari themselves.
It’s no surprise that the 812 was used as a base, both with it being Ferrari’s current flagship model as well as it suiting the front-engine, rear-drive layout needed to match. Under the bonnet, the Superfast’s 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 has been uprated to produce 603kW at a heady 8,500rpm and 718Nm at 7,000rpm, giving it the title of the most powerful engine the Italian company makes (so far). This was achieved by lifting some tech from their F1 book of secrets, namely gaining variable inlet tracts among other more minor improvements and tweaks.
With so little weight to worry about and a very aerodynamic fully carbon fibre body, both the SP1 and SP2 is said to be capable of a 100km/h sprint from rest in 2.9 seconds. Foot pinned, 200km/h will sail past in just 7.9 seconds.
Without a windscreen, it’s easy to imagine driving at any kind of speed in either the SP1 or SP2 without a helmet being quite an uncomfortable, bug-ridden experience. Ferrari counteracts this somewhat with what they’re calling a ‘Virtual Wind Shield’, which basically uses the fast flowing air from the underbody and diverting it upward to disrupt the head-on wind that would otherwise be pushed onto the driver, channeling most of it over the driver’s head. It’s a novel solution, but likely one that will only be effective at road speeds.
Inside, the interior elements are kept to a minimum, with the only real luxury being the leather finish on the fixed-position carbon bucket seat(s). Only a few additional bits of switchgear adorn the rest of the cockpit, which is relatively easy for Ferrari has many functions have already been moved to steering wheel.
Ferrari is due to show off both cars at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in early October following this early preview. They have already reached out to potential buyers, probably selecting those who own a few or more of their most exclusive cars such as the recent LaFerrari and F12 TdF.