Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Ferrari SP38 channels the iconic F40

Ferrari SP38 channels the iconic F40

Ferrari has taken the wraps off yet another one-off creation - the new SP38.

The SP38 is the latest in a line of one-off, customer-commissioned Ferraris, the number of which is uncertain as many customers prefer not to have their cars publicised. The headlights are created to be as thin as possible and are joined by daytime running lights on the slim bumper lip.

Ferrari has just unveiled the new SP38, a bespoke commission designed and built by Ferrari's One-Off programme for one of the brand's most dedicated customers.

"The effect is dramatic", Ferrari says, "as it reinforces the importance of the rear volume while, at the same time, maintaining the air flow to the intercoolers at the base of the side window".

The colour for example is a one-off shade that was developed specially for the vehicle and is a three layer metallic red.

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.

Ferrari hasn't said much about the interiors, but it will get its own special interior trim. Ferrari's design team has managed to hide the air scoop from the 488 GTB, too, by folding the sheet metal in on itself from the low beltline on the door, into the real wheel arch. 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 rear wing of the F40.

The trailing edge of that spoiler flows into the rear wing, and then down to the diffuser at the bottom. The SP38 pays homage to the likes of the Ferrari 308 and the Ferrari F40 with subtle styling cues and will be publicly showcased for the first time at the Villa d'Este concourse d'elegance at Lake Como, Italy on May 26, 2018.

If the 488's engine is unchanged, the SP38 will rely on a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 that puts out 661 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque.

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