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Ferrari taps into racing roots with Monza SP1, SP2

Limited series open cockpit cars inspired by racing barchettas of the 1950s

Published: September 23, 2018, 2:30 AM
Updated: September 27, 2018, 8:17 PM

Ferrari Monza SP2

“Iconic” is one of those words that is often abused when it comes to vehicles, but Ferrari may be taking the usage to a new level creating a new line of Iconic cars, starting with a Monza SP1 and SP2 limited series cars drawing inspiration from the most successful racing models of the past.

Ferrari Monza SP1

Called “Icone,” the cars reference the iconic racing barchettas of the ’50s and are destined for some of Ferrari’s most dedicated buyers and collectors. Though modern in their function and presentation, they were designed (reportedly to look as if they were pencilled with a single stroke) with the original “barchetta,” the 166 MM from 1948, in mind, as well as the 750 Monza and 860 Monza of the mid-1950s.

The theme is minimalist, befitting a racing model, with the aim of achieving a timeless design bereft of the modern aero add-ons of today’s race cars, and to reach an almost symbiotic relationship between machine and driver.

Ferrari Monza SP1 interior

Careful attention was paid to the flow of air over the car, and in particular how it impacts occupant comfort, since there is no windshield (the passenger on the SP2 does get a piece of plexiglass). Instead, designers created a “virtual” windshield, using a fairing ahead of the instrument panel hood to deflect part of the airflow over the driver.

The difference in the models is that the Monza SP1 is a single-seater, while the SP2 seats two in separate cockpits, with access to both provided through compact doors that open upwards. The SP1 tips the scales at 1,500 kg, the SP2 weighs 1,520.

Ferrari Monza SP2

Extensive use of carbon fibre and the use of most powerful engine ever built in Maranello (an 808-hp 6.5-litre V-12 generating 530 ft-lb of torque) grant the cars the best weight-to-power ratio of any barchetta. Zero to 100 km/h takes a reported 2.9 seconds; zero to 200 takes 7.9. Max speed is expected to top 300 km/h.

And to add to the experience, bespoke “gentleman racer” apparel and accessories include racing overalls, jersey, helmet, gloves, scarf and driving shoes.