The Ferrari SP38, the latest offspring from Ferrari’s bespoke, one-off programme, has been unveiled at Fiorano.
Designed by the Ferrari Design Centre on the chassis and running gear of the V8-powered 488 GTB, the custom car reflects the specific vision of a client who is said to have a “deep passion for racing”. The result is a model that can be driven both on road and on track.
The all-new bodywork, in a newly conceived three-layer metallic red, marks a departure from the language aesthetic of the donor car. Ferrari says the twin-turbo, twin-intercooler set-up of the 488 GTB inspired the designers to reference the F40 as an “icon” from which to instruct the SP38’s general styling direction.
At the front the car gets inset headlights that were designed to be as thin as possible, with the mandatory daytime running lights units relocated to “add character and functionality” to a slim bumper lip which is claimed to be 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.
At the rear, a major change is 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 reminiscent of the F40’s. Three transversal slats slash are designed to evacuate engine heat, and the integration of a raised, wrap-around rear spoiler is a hint at the rear wing of the F40; the trailing edge of the spoiler links with the wing and with the aerodynamic diffuser at the bottom, to create a frame surrounding the tail volume.
The SP38 is set to go on public display for the first time at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este this coming weekend.