Ferrari unveiled two new 800 horsepower V12 specials in Maranello today, the SP1 and SP2, which certainly leads to the 21st century renaissance of carrozzeria, low-volume and one-off body for sports cars. The SP1 and SP2 are the first installments within a new component of Ferrari’s business “Icona,” according to Forbes. The vehicles were both portended by the America model of several years ago and provide new opportunities for Ferrari and other sports car makers to better develop ultra-low volume editions with unique bodywork. Icona however, happens to be a breakthrough achievement.
The Monza SP1 and SP2 draw designs were inspired from the Ferrari sports-racing barchettas from the 1950s, the 1948 166 MM, 750 Monza and 860 Monza in particular. During the 1950s, Ferrari pledged the services of the best carrozzeria shops in Italy. Thanks to the hand-forming of aluminum bodywork, Ferraris from the late 1940s through the late 1960s are widely considered to be the works of art. Now with the SP1 and SP2, the same erotic forms of pre-aerodynamic sports cars are in the current Ferrari design language.
The two new Ferraris offer the best weight-to-power ratio of any barchetta, thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fiber during construction, distinctive details, such as the head and tail lights, and the wheels and interior that further enhances the cars’ uniqueness. The cars are also equipped with the most powerful engine that Maranello has ever built. The engine is a 810 cv V12 that can reach 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 7.9 seconds. The cars were both developed and calibrated to enhance an exhilarating performance.
The cars feature an aerodynamic wing profile with the complete absence of a roof. The windscreen provided the designers freedom to create one-of-a-kind proportions. The Monza SP1 is a single-seat road car, while the SP2 is a two-seater with an arching narrow connector of bodywork splitting the driver and passenger. The doors open outwards providing a minimalist vibe. Ferrari even developed a “Virtual Wind Shield” that draws an airstream into the cockpit, since the open cars are equipped with minimalist windscreens.