Fer­rari pays homage to the F40 with a new SP38 one-off spe­cial

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THE FER­RARI SP38, the supercar maker’s lat­est one-off model, is based on the 488 GTB’S chas­sis and run­ning gear but with a re­designed ex­te­rior.

The new de­sign pays homage to the F40 and is in­tended to re­flect the pas­sion that the anony­mous cus­tomer who com­mis­sioned the SP38 has for rac­ing.

One-off mod­els that go far be­yond typ­i­cal supercar cus­tomi­sa­tion are a grow­ing trend across the high-end sec­tor, with not only Fer­rari but firms such as Mclaren, Roll­sroyce and Bent­ley all keen to do more such projects.

Fer­rari last re­vealed a one­off in 2016 with the 458 MM Spe­ciale. Each project typ­i­cally takes 18 months and costs in ex­cess of £1 mil­lion.

The SP38 fea­tures a newly cre­ated three-layer metal­lic red paint. New head­lights have been fit­ted and are as slim as pos­si­ble for “a more ag­gres­sive look”, said Fer­rari. Mean­while, day­time run­ning lights move to the bumper lip, styling rem­i­nis­cent of the 308 GTB.

At the side, the 488 GTB’S air in­take has been moved next to the SP38’S quar­ter light.

Grey lower body­work sep­a­rates the aero­dy­namic ad­di­tions from the red cus­tom body­work above it. The rear is nearly un­recog­nis­able from the 488 GTB’S. The fixed wing echoes the F40’s, while lou­vred body­work cov­ers the rear glass. New lights, air out­lets and higher-set, larger ex­hausts also fea­ture.

The SP38’S per­for­mance de­tails haven’t been re­vealed but are likely to closely match the 488 GTB’S. That car is ca­pa­ble of a 205mph top speed and 3.0sec 0-62mph time thanks to its 661bhp, 561lb ft twin-turbo V8.

The SP38 was pre­sented to its owner at Fer­rari’s head­quar­ters in Fio­rano and was im­me­di­ately put through its paces on hot laps.

Bewinged F40 in­spired SP38’S styling One-of-a-kind SP38 shares parts with Maranello’s 488 GTB

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