A BET­TER BARCHETTA

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Con­cept: Lim­ited-edi­tion sports cars

De­signer: Ferrari De­sign Cen­tre

Odds of pro­duc­tion: Un­veiled on 18 Septem­ber 2018

IN 1948, Ferrari in­tro­duced the 166 MM, an open-top two-seater de­signed for long-dis­tance en­durance runs. When Ital­ian in­dus­tri­al­ist Gianni Agnelli laid eyes on the car’s long hood and sleek body coach built by Car­rozze­ria Tour­ing, he re­port­edly dubbed it barchetta, Ital­ian for ‘lit­tle boat’. Named for the 166cc dis­place­ment of its V12 en­gine and the fa­mous Mille Miglia con­test, the 166 MM went on to win that race as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Targa Flo­rio and the Spa 24 Hours. A few years later, Ferrari in­tro­duced Monza, a se­ries of com­pet­i­tive cars pow­ered by a new gen­er­a­tion of four-cylin­der en­gines. To cel­e­brate these sto­ried rac­ers, Ferrari has pro­duced the Monza SP1 and SP2, a pair of con­tem­po­rary that will be lim­ited to 499 ex­am­ples com­bined. Fit­ted ei­ther with one (SP1) or two (SP2) seats, these light­weight su­per­cars are min­i­mal­ist and mus­cu­lar and, in true barchetta style, lack a wind­shield or roof. The car­bon-fi­bre body con­sists of two shells, a lower hull and an up­per cover, fol­low­ing a Ferrari mo­tif that has been used through­out the brand’s his­tory. Thor­oughly mod­ern touches com­ple­ment the road­sters’ time­less shape, in­clud­ing stag­gered 21-inch wheels and a new tail light de­sign that ap­pears as a single bar across the rear. The pared-down cock­pit is fit­ted with car­bon-fi­bre rac­ing seats cov­ered in leather, and ex­posed car­bon-fi­bre trim. Pow­ered by an 809hp, 6.5-litre V12 en­gine, de­rived from the 812 Su­per­fast, the Monza mod­els will have the high­est power-to-weight ra­tio of any Ferrari ever made. Work­ing in tan­dem with the dual-clutch trans­mis­sion and pa­tented aero­dy­namic tech­nol­ogy, the cars can go from zero to 100km/hr in 2.9 sec­onds and achieve a top speed of about 300km/ hr. Help­ing Monza driv­ers chan­nel the essence of 1950s rac­ing are fash­ion houses Ber­luti and Loro Piana, who have cre­ated com­pan­ion cloth­ing pieces es­pe­cially for the new Fer­raris. Ber­luti’s hel­met is made from car­bon fi­bre and de­signed specif­i­cally for driv­ing in the open­top Monza. Lace-up ox­fords, avail­able in black or brown, are of Venezia leather with a sole made from the same car­bon-fi­bre fab­ric used on Ferrari’s road cars. A retroin­spired jacket and match­ing trousers from Loro Piana are done in dark grey with pip­ing in Ferrari’s fa­mous Rosso Corsa. The en­sem­ble also in­cludes a sweater and scarf made of mi­cro-fine merino wool, as well as a rain­re­sis­tant cap. All fit per­fectly in­side two in­cluded Ber­luti bags, de­signed to echo the Monza form. Ferrari says all ex­am­ples of the US$1.8 mil­lion Monza SP1 and SP2 are al­ready spo­ken for.— LAURA BURSTEIN

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