Sun-lov­ing speed­ster twins usher in new Fer­rari se­ries

Car (South Africa) - - INSIGHT -

Fer­rari’s SP1 and SP2 lim­ited-run mod­els may be in­spired by the firm’s 50s speed­sters but they point to an ex­cit­ing fu­ture line of Pranc­ing Horses un­der the new Icona la­bel.

Ow­ing to ex­ten­sive use of car­bon­fi­bre and other light­weight com­pos­ites in their con­struc­tion, plus a 603 kw 6,5-litre V12 sourced from the 812 Su­per­fast, Fer­rari claims th­ese cars boast the best power-to- mass ra­tio of any barchetta.

The per­for­mance on of­fer is, frankly, blis­ter­ing. The com­bi­na­tion of the fig­ures to the right and a lack of wind­screen would nor­mally be a se­ri­ously windswept af­fair but Fer­rari has in­te­grated a “vir­tual wind­shield” just ahead of the front fair­ing to help curb wind­blast be­neath the fa­cial-fea­ture-re­arrange­ment thresh­old.

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