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Say Hello To Dangerously Gorgeous Ferrari SP38

Meet the latest, new creation from Ferrari’s ‘One Off’ programme, the absolutely stunning Ferrari SP38, which was only just handed to her new, lucky owner yesterday at Fiorano, Italy. We’ve seen some pretty stunning Prancing Horses in our day, but in all fairness, this is one really good looking Ferrari. 

Designed by Ferrari Design Centre, it’s basically a reflection of its anonymous owner, probably a long-time Ferrari client. The Italian marque is known for rewarding loyalty with such designs and as you can see, it can be a sweet moment. It takes most of its design cues directly from the Ferrari 488 GTB but a trained enthusiast, will be able to tell you that there is a subtle throwback to the legendary and iconic Ferrari F40 in this one-off supercar. 

The all-new bodywork, in a newly conceived three-layer metallic red, marks a radical departure from the language aesthetic of the donor car. 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. In plan view, the strongly tapered nose expands towards muscular wheelarches, giving the car potency and agility. We’re also quite certain that this one-off also uses the same, award-winning V8 turbo engine, which will give this SP38 a century sprint time of 3.0 seconds, reaching 200 km/h in just 8.3 seconds. This performance is down to the fact that this V8 engine has been tuned to 661 hp and 760 Nm of torque. 

Specific inset headlights were designed to be as thin as possible, with the mandatory DRL (daytime running lights) units relocated to add character and functionality to a slim bumper lip reminiscent of the 308 GTB. On the side, the defining air scoop of the 488 GTB is completely concealed where the sheet metal folds in on itself from the low beltline on the door and into the rear wheelarch and three-quarter light.

The dynamic styling continues over the engine cover, which sheds its rear glass and is treated as a flip-up assembly in carbon fibre with shutlines slashing the flanks in a gesture directly reminiscent of the F40’s. 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 famous rear wing of the F40.

Its new owner must be really proud to show-off their new car at the coming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Saturday, 26th May 2018. We’re only wishing now that we could be there in the flesh to see this beauty. Hopefully she doesn’t stay locked up in some parking bay for too long. 

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