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Ferrari has just introduced its latest model from the company’s One-Off programme, the Ferrari SP38. The new model has been unveiled at Fiorano where the car was immediately put through its paces in a series of hot laps.
Designed by the Ferrari Design Centre, and using the chassis and running gear of the 488 GTB, this unique car has been specifically created for a client with a deep passion for racing. The result is a model that can be driven both on road and on track, while at the same time expressing all the beauty and innovation inherent in Ferrari’s road cars.
The all-new bodywork consists of a three-layer metallic red and pays homage to the iconic F40 in its rear wing design, while the front-end is styled similarly to the 308GTB according to Ferrari.
The customer of the new SP38 worked closely with the Ferrari design team so that the car could be designed to cater to his or her individual requirements. On average, to customise a Ferrari takes around 18 months, although it can vary widely depending on the project.
Tailor making cars is part of a growing trend among high-end car makers as companies cater to the increasing needs of demanding customers. Rolls Royce buyers, for example, claim that every single one of their cars come out of a factory featuring some type of bespoke element.
A specific figure for the car has yet to be revealed, but Ferrari have intimated that these projects are “extremely important” for the company.
Some of the bespoke design features include slim headlights which produce a more aggressive look for the car, and daytime running lights mounted on the bumper lip. At the side of the SP38, the 488 GTB’s air intake is replaced by bodywork to the SP38’s shoulder, while grey lower bodywork separates the aerodynamic additions from the red bodywork. New lights, air outlets and higher-set, larger exhausts dominate the rear fascia.
Under the bonnet, the mechanics of the SP38 are the same as the 488 GTB. A twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 engine will provide around 661bhp, and despite performance figures not being revealed, the car should be able to achieve the 488 GTB’s 205mph top speed and 0-62mph in roughly 3 seconds.
The SP38 is one of a long line of customised one-off Ferraris, many of which have not been publicised. The owner wishes to remain anonymous, but did choose the images and information released by Ferrari.
The SP38 enjoyed its first public debut at the Concorso d’Elengaza Villa d’Este on Saturday, and so far it is not known if the owner will showcase it again.