Surprise! The Ferrari SP38 is Maranello's latest one-off

Doris Richards
May 25, 2018

Below the rear wing sit four roundel taillights, again in reference to the F40, but it does lack the triple outlets of the iconic old auto, instead using a familiar dual exhaust setup from the 488 GTB.

Ferrari has taken the wraps off yet another one-off creation - the new SP38. Imagine our collective glee, therefore, at the sight of the Ferrari SP38, the latest example of the expert handiwork at the automaker's One-Off program.

Underpinned by the 488 GTB platform, the SP38 was unveiled at Fiorano to a special customer.

The all-new bodywork, in a newly conceived three-layer metallic red, marks a radical departure from the language aesthetic of the donor vehicle. Designed by the Ferrari Design Centre on the chassis and running gear of the standard 488 GTB, this unique vehicle reflects the specific vision of a client with a deep passion for racing. The company likens its front bumper design and thin lip to the 308 GTB of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Alongside the slim flanks, Ferrari has moved the standard 488's gaping side intake to an opening behind the door glass.

Launched in 2007 as the Special Projects program - hence the "SP" prefix to the cars' name - it was a way for Ferrari's most prolific customers to get something legitimately unique in their garage. The three horizontal vents on the engine cover are an unashamed nod to the F40, as is the intricate (and no doubt incredibly complicated) rear aerodynamic foil, which gives the impression of the F40's distinctive squared-off rear wing.

No changes to the running gear, so the biturbo V8 is the same 3.9 litre unit from the 488 GTB, making 670 PS at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. The SP38 should hit 100 km/h in around 3.0 seconds with a top speed of around 330 km/h. 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.

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