Ferrari unveiled its Monza SP1 and SP2 cars with some major changes – the sports cars are entirely open-topped and equipped with the most powerful engine the company has ever built. The two limited-edition cars are the first debuted in a Ferrari’s new range, named Icona. According to the luxury Italian car-maker, the Monza SP1 and SP2 design was inspired from the Ferraris of the 1950s and features the most advanced technology.

Both sports cars feature a monolithic form with an aerodynamic wing profile, while the cars’ most noticeable feature is the total absence of a roof and windshield. Ferrari noted that by removing these two elements, it was able to create unique proportions that would not have been achievable on a traditional open two-seat car.

“The result is the feeling of blistering speed, which derives from the concept of a cockpit carved from the car’s very volume that wraps around the driver,” explained the marque. The SP1 and SP2 run on a 12-cylinder engine, capable of going from zero to 60 miles per hour in as little as 2.9 seconds. Ferrari’s Monza SP1 is a single-seat road car, while the Monza SP2 features a two-seater.

The design of the two cars resemble Ferrari’s racing barchettas, or two-seat open-topped racing car, of the past – specifically the 1948 166 MM, which originally inspired the name barchetta, and the 750 Monza and 860 Monza, which delivered numerous victories in the World Sports Car Championship in the 1950s.

Dezeen reports that all 499 cars that are being manufactured are to be offered for sale exclusively to some of the company’s most dedicated clients and collectors. In addition, both the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 are part of Ferrari’s five-year strategy to expand its offers of limited-edition hybrid supercars.

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