Ferrari’s New ‘Monza’ Mixes 1940s Racing Style With The Most Powerful Ferrari Engine Ever Made
Ferrari is a name that needs to introduction. It is one of the most iconic automakers on the planet and they’ve been producing some of the most beautiful race cars since the dawn of the industry. The Ferrari mission has always been a mixture of speed and beauty but they’re essentially in the business of building obscenely fast Italian race cars.
In a move that shows Ferrari is sticking with its core business, they’ve just debuted the Ferrari Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 which feature the most powerful Ferrari engine ever built and draw design inspiration from 1940s and 1950s race cars. The Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 are functionally the same but the SP2 is built for two people in the cockpit while the Monza SP1 is designed for one rider.
Specifically, Ferrari says they’ve drawn design inspiration on Monza Sp1 and SP2 from their 1948 166 MM which is a car that helped Ferrari accumulate multiple World Sports Car Championships throughout the 1940s and 1950s.
I mentioned above that this is the most powerful engine Ferrari’s ever made and holy hell is it a beast. The 6.5-Liter V12 is capable of putting out 800-horsepower at 8500rpms and pumps out 530-pound-feet of torque. The car itself only weighs 3,306 pounds according to Wired which means this insanely powerful engine combined with a superlight car leads to absurdly fast speeds on the road.
The architecture of the two cars is based on a monolithic form with an aerodynamic wing profile where the complete absence of a roof and windscreen gave the designers the freedom to create unique proportions that would not have been possible on a traditional spider.
The result is the feeling of blistering speed normally only experienced by Formula 1 drivers, which derives from the concept of a cockpit carved from the car’s very volume that wraps around the driver. (via Ferrari)
It does 0-to-62mph in 2.9-seconds, hits 124mph in less than 8 seconds, and the car will top out at 186mph.
Ferrari already knows that the Manza SP1 and SP2 will be a hit and it appears as if they’re trying to create scarcity in the market because less than 500 of these vehicles will be made and sold worldwide and it will carry a price tag of over $1 million.
For the full press release, you can click here to visit Ferrari’s website.