This F40-inspired SP38 has been specially built for a super-rich Ferrari customer.
Ferrari has revealed a new model from its One-Off programme, where super-rich customers can commission bespoke models that take their fancy. This latest car, based on the Italian carmaker's 488 GTB, is called the SP38.
The company says that this tailor-made car has been ordered by 'one of Ferrari’s most dedicated customers', who received the keys for the special supercar at Ferrari's test track in Fiorano, northern Italy. The car was put through its paces on the circuit just minutes after its official reveal.
The design of the car has been taken care of by the Ferrari Design Centre and reflects the vision of the customer, an enthusiast with a great passion for racing. Ferrari describes the result as a gorgeous supercar, expressing 'all the beauty and innovation inherent in Ferrari’s road cars', which is equally good on the road and on the track. The company says that the general direction of the design is also inspired by the iconic F40 of the 1980s, from which the three-layer metallic red paint also draws inspiration.
If you take a closer look at the front end, you’ll easily notice the unusual headlights, which have been created especially for the SP38. The mandatory daytime running lights have been moved to the front bumper to allow for extremely thin headlights. The Italian company says that thanks to the revisions at the front, the visual mass of the one-off supercar appears concentrated over the rear wheels compared with the standard 488.
The dynamic appearance of the side profile continues with the engine cover, which no longer features any glass. The rear window has replaced by a much more dramatically-shaped panel with three horizontal slats to channel the heat of the twin-turbo engine. The 'substantial' rear spoiler is another nod to the F40.
Ferrari has not made any pictures of the interior available, but says 'a full tailor-made cabin trim' puts the finishing touches on the One-Off vehicle. The SP38 will be displayed publicly for the first time at the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on 26 May 2018.
Gallery: Ferrari SP38
Maranello, May 23 2018 – The Ferrari SP38, the latest offspring from Ferrari’s One-Off programme, has been unveiled at Fiorano where, after the ceremonial handover to one of Ferrari’s most dedicated customers, the car was immediately put through its paces in a series of hot laps.
Designed by the Ferrari Design Centre on the chassis and running gear of the 488 GTB, this unique car reflects the specific vision of a client with a deep passion for racing. The result is a model that can be driven both on road and on track, while at the same time expressing all the beauty and innovation inherent in Ferrari’s road cars.
The all-new bodywork, in a newly conceived three-layer metallic red, marks a radical departure from the language aesthetic of the donor car. The twin-turbo, twin-intercooler set-up of the award-winning 488 GTB inspired the team to reference the mighty F40 as an icon from which to instruct the project’s general direction.
Compared to the 488 chassis, the visual mass of SP38 appears concentrated over the rear wheels as the wedge design sharply stretches towards the front. In plan view, the strongly tapered nose expands towards muscular wheelarches, giving the car potency and agility. Specific inset headlights were designed to be as thin as possible, with the mandatory DRL (daytime running lights) units relocated to add character and functionality to a slim bumper lip reminiscent of the 308 GTB. On the side, the defining air scoop of the 488 GTB is completely concealed where the sheet metal folds in on itself from the low beltline on the door and into the rear wheelarch and three-quarter light.
The effect is dramatic, as it reinforces the importance of the rear volume while, at the same time, maintaining the air flow to the intercoolers at the base of the side window. The dynamic styling continues over the engine cover, which sheds its rear glass and is treated as a flip-up assembly in carbon fibre with shutlines slashing the flanks in a gesture directly reminiscent of the F40’s. Three transversal slats slash across the engine cover to evacuate engine heat, and the smooth integration of a substantial rear spoiler is a hint at the famous rear wing of the F40. The trailing edge of the spoiler links seamlessly with the wing and with the aerodynamic diffuser at the bottom, to create a suggestive frame surrounding the tail volume.
A full Tailor Made cabin trim puts the finished touches on this truly special Ferrari, which will be on public display for the first time at the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Saturday 26th May 2018.