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October 1, 2018

Ferrari's New Monza SP1 and SP2 Sportscars Soften Blow on News of First-Ever SUV

The news of Ferrari’s first-ever SUV, named the Purosangue (Thoroughbred) and hybrid models shocked hardcore fans and enthusiasts. However, they’re much-needed products to boost the Italian sportscar maker’s earnings under its new CEO Louis Camilleri.

In a bit to “soften the blow” from this news, Ferrari showed the world what they could do more with SUV money. Introduced in Maranello are two limited-edition special series models in the “Icona” line which are inspired by legendary Ferrari sportscars of the past.

With only 500 examples to be built, they’re already sold out the day they were revealed to the public. The Monza SP1 and SP2 models are uncompromising models that reference classic Ferrari racing “barchettas” (literally, little boat) which is a designation used for open-top or convertible two-seater sportscars.

The Ferrari Monza SP1 was designed as a 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, is instead a two-seater enabling the passenger to share the same driving sensations.

Both feature a unique design, the best power-to-weight ratio of any barchetta (thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber), and distinctive details which all work to enhance their exclusivity. Equipped with the most powerful engine Ferrari has built, the 810-horspower V12 can sprint these two models 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 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 volume that wraps around the driver.

The Ferrari Design Centre has sought to create a very pure design, as though born of a single pencil stroke, to convey an ideal 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.

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.

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.

Ferrari has yet to reveal the pricing of the Monza SP1 and SP2, but the fair assumption is that it will cost more than 1 million Euros or about P 70 million.

2018 Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 Specifications
  • Overall Length: 4,657 mm
  • Overall Width: 1,996 mm
  • Overall Height: 1,155 mm
  • Curb Weight: 1,500 kilograms (SP1); 1,520 kilograms (SP2)
  • Engine: 6.5-liter V12
  • Maximum Output: 810 horsepower at 8,500 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 719 Nm at 7,000 rpm
  • 0-100 km/h: 2.9 seconds
  • 0-200 km/h: 7.9 seconds
  • Maximum Speed: In excess of 300 km/h

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