The Ferrari SP38, the latest offspring from Ferrari’s One-Off special projects program, 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. Pretty much like the time you picked your new Corolla at the local dealership awhile back, right?
The twin-turbo, twin-intercooler setup of the 488 GTB inspired the Ferrari design team to reference the F40 from which to form 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.
Special inset headlights were designed to be as thin as possible, with the mandatory daytime running light units relocated 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 wheel-arch and three-quarter light.
The styling continues over the engine cover, which sheds its rear glass and is treated as a flip-up assembly in carbon fiber 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.
As Tom Harrison of Top Gear so perfectly states, “We don’t know whether the new bodywork has had any effect on performance. But seeing as a regular 488 does 0-62mph in three seconds flat and runs on to 205mph thanks to its 3.9-litre, twin-turbo, 661bhp V8 and seven-speed DCT, the SP38 ought not to be slow.”
The one-of-a-kind Ferrari SP38 will be on public display for the first time at the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Saturday, May 26th, 2018.