Based on the Ferrari 488 GTB, the SP38 is the newest creation from Ferrari’s One-Off programme. Built for one of Ferrari’s most dedicated customers, the SP38 has been redesigned both inside and out to create a unique car.
The SP38 carries the same 3.9-litre turbocharged engine as the 488 GTB (which, as we know, is quite a unique engine from Ferrari and a fantastic one at that) and performance figures have remained unchanged by the new body, meaning 661bhp and a top speed of 205mph or 330km/h. The running gear and chassis have also been kept the same as the 488.
The exterior design, however, has been drastically changed from the 488 GTB, with Ferrari claiming inspiration from the legendary F40 – in particular at the rear end, but together with keeping a modern look. The glass engine cover morphs into a slatted cover across the engine bay for additional cooling. The back end also boasts a small spoiler, which is another nod to the iconic F40.
A new, sharper front end gives way to muscular wheel arches, creating a more aggressive stance. The headlights are designed to be as thin as possible and are joined by DRLs (daytime running lights) on the slim bumper lip.
The front bumper is designed to be reminiscent of the Ferrari 308 GTB, and the SP38 is finished in a new, three-layer metallic red paint job which strikes fear into any other rival on the road.
Ferrari claims that a new tailor-made cabin is found inside, but hasn’t issued any pictures of the SP38’s cockpit as yet, but will quite likely be very similar to the 488 GTB.
The Ferrari One-Off programme’s SP38 follows an exclusive line of rare models, thanks in large part to the Special Projects division, which was launched back in 2007. Previous creations include the Ferrari SP12 EC, built for Eric Clapton, and the Ferrari 458 MM Speciale. Prices for the Special Projects are kept private between Ferrari and each customer, although speculation sees cars valued between £2- and £8-million in the UK.
The SP38 will be on public display at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Saturday 26th May 2018.
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