The new creation of Ferrari’s One-Off programme, the Ferrari SP38, has been unveiled at Fiorano. Right after the ceremonial handover to one of Ferrari’s most dedicated customers, the car demonstrated its power in a series of hot laps. The extreme and unique car was designed by the Ferrari Design Centre. It was built atop the chassis and running gear of the 488 GTB, but reflects the specific vision of a client with a deep passion for racing. The Ferrari SP38, that can be driven both on road and on track, features the all-new bodywork, in a newly conceived three-layer metallic red.
According to the designers, the twin-turbo, twin-intercooler set-up of the award-winning 488 GTB influenced the decision to reference the mighty F40 as an icon from which to instruct the project’s general direction. The visual mass of SP38 appears concentrated over the rear wheels as the wedge design sharply stretches towards the front. The strongly tapered nose expands towards muscular wheelarches, while thin inset headlights with the mandatory DRL (daytime running lights) units are relocated to add character and functionality 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 wheelarch and three-quarter light.
The engine cover sheds the car’s rear glass and is treated as a flip-up assembly in carbon fibre 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. The trailing edge of the spoiler links seamlessly with the wing and with the aerodynamic diffuser at the bottom, to create a suggestive frame surrounding the tail volume.
The Ferrari SP38 features a full Tailor Made cabin trim. The unique car will be on public display for the first time at the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Saturday 26th May 2018.
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