The new Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 have been unveiled to mark the occasion of the company’s Capital Market’s Day at the Maranello factory. These limited-edition special-series cars are the first in a new segment called ‘Icona’, drawing inspiration from the most evocative Ferraris of the 1950s and feature the most advanced sports car technology available today.
Presented and positioned for Ferrari’s dedicated clients and collectors, the Monza SP1 and SP2 reference the iconic Ferrari racing barchettas of the past, from the iconic 1948 166 MM, which originally inspired the name ‘barchetta’, and the 750 Monza and 860 Monza. Designed with the sole aim of winning, these uncompromising models helped build the Ferrari legend in the 1950s by delivering numerous victories in the World Sports Car Championship.
The Ferrari Monza SP1 is designed as an uncompromising, single-seat road car that offers a truly unique experience behind the wheel. The second configuration, the Monza SP2, thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen and a second roll-bar, instead arrives as a two-seater to enable the passenger to share the same driving sensations delivered from its thrilling driving experience.
The Monza SP1 and SP2 feature a distinctive design, the best weight-to-power ratio of any barchetta, thanks to the extensive use of carbonfibre in the construction, and distinguishing details, such as head-and tail-lights, wheels and interior, further enhance the cars’ exclusivity. Equipped with the most powerful engine Maranello has ever built, a 810 cv V12, they can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 7.9 seconds.
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 made 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 shape that wraps around the driver.
The Ferrari Design Centre has sought to create a very pure design, as though born from the single stroke of a pencil, to present an ideology of timeless elegance, minimalist form and refined detail. Visually complex solutions, such as those seen on recent racing cars, have been avoided, giving way to a more understated, formal design language. Never has a model expressed such a narrative with so much power, highlighting its appeal as a driver’s car where the link between man and automobile becomes symbiotic.
A radical choice was made for the design of the cars’ compact doors, which open upwards. Equally important is the all-carbon-fiber one-piece bonnet-wing assembly which is hinged at the front to showcase the imposing V12 engine once open.
As with racing models, the body shell of both cars is made entirely from lightweight carbon-fiber. The entire interior is trimmed in the same material with a natural finish to enhance the sporty impact of the design. Weight reduction and the ‘barchetta’ configuration guarantee unique vehicle dynamics: perfectly balanced with no roll whatsoever for pure, uncompromising sports-car handling.
Because these are authentic “en plein air” sports cars, one of the greatest challenges in their design was managing the aerodynamic flows inside the cockpit in the absence of a windscreen. The solution was the innovative patented “Virtual Wind Shield” which has been incorporated into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel and the steering wheel. The “Virtual Wind Shield” deviates a part of the air flow to maintain driving comfort.
Especially created for Monza SP1 and SP2 owners Ferrari, and in collaboration with two leading luxury brands, Loro Piana and Berluti, a collection of elegant gentlemen-driver-inspired apparel and accessories has been launched. The driver’s selection includes racing overalls, jersey, helmet, gloves, scarf and driving shoes. These feature a number of technical solutions to guarantee a comfortable fit and ensure freedom of movement while driving.
Quick Technical Specifications
(* with 98 octane petrol **With optional lightweight contents)
Type: V12 – 65°
Overall displacement: 6496 cm3
Max. power output*: 603 kW (810 cv) at 8500 rpm
Max. torque*: 719 Nm at 7000 rpm
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Length: 4657 mm
Width: 1996 mm
Height: 1155 mm
Dry weight**: 1500 kg (SP1), 1520 kg (SP2)
0-100 km/h: 2.9 sec
0-200 km/h: 7.9 sec
Max. speed: >300 km/h
FUEL CONSUMPTION/ C02 EMISSIONS
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