FER­RARI UN­VEILS THE NEW SP38

All About Italy (USA) - - Auto - John Da­porto

One of the Fer­rari’s most ded­i­cated cus­tomers, whose name has not been re­vealed, has just been handed over his/her tailor-made new su­per­car. The Fer­rari SP38 is a com­mis­sion de­signed and built by Fer­rari’s One-off pro­gram ref­er­enc­ing the iconic F40. The unique spec­i­men will make its de­but, on May 26th, at the Con­corso d’el­e­ganza Villa d’este car show on the shores of Lake Como. Like most Fer­raris de­liv­ered by the One-off pro­gram, the most im­por­tant changes con­cern the ex­te­rior de­sign. In­deed, the SP38 fea­tures a com­pletely new body­work boast­ing a fixed rear wing in homage to the F40, with the dif­fer­ence that it sits far lower than on the orig­i­nal model, so not to con­trib­ute to a high co­ef­fi­cient of drag. A ref­er­ence to the three gills that sat at each side of the F40’s rear wing ap­pear on the en­gine solid cover with three slats. The dual ex­haust setup, on the other hand takes the mind to the Fer­rari 488 GTB, on which also the un­der­pin­nings are base on, and with which the SP38 shares the mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 en­gine and dual-clutch gear­box com­bi­na­tion. The SP38 is just the lat­est in a se­ries of tailor-made com­mis­sions built for Fer­rari’s most loyal, and rich, cus­tomers. Other no­table Fer­rari’s unique cre­ations in­clude the SP12 EC – built for English mu­si­cian Eric Clap­ton (from whom it took the ini­tials), and based on the 458 Italia for which the English mu­si­cian re­port­edly paid £3,000,000 in 2012 - and the 375 MM – cre­ated for Swedish ac­tress In­grid Bergman in 1954.

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