Ferrari Special-Projects Creates a Gem - the SP38
Report from Media Ferrari and Staff
The Ferrari SP38, the latest offspring from Ferrari’s One-Off program, was unveiled at Fiorano May 23, 2018. After the ceremonial handover to one of Ferrari’s most dedicated customers [a Ferrari collector as well as a Ferrari GT race driver], the car was immediately put through its paces in a series of hot laps.
Designed by the Ferrari Design Centre, this unique car reflects the specific vision of a client with a deep passion for racing. Based on the chassis and running gear of the 488 GTB, the result is a model that can be driven both on the road and track, while at the same time expressing all the beauty and innovation inherent in Ferrari’s road cars.
The all-new bodywork, in a newly conceived three-layer metallic red, marks a radical departure from the aesthetic of the donor car. The twin-turbo, twin-intercooler set-up of the 488 GTB inspired the team to reference the F40 to instruct the project’s general direction.
Compared to the 488 chassis, the visual mass of SP38 appears concentrated over the rear wheels as the wedge design sharply stretches towards the front. In plain view, the strongly tapered nose expands towards wheel arches, giving the car potency and agility. Specific inset headlights were designed to be as thin as possible. The mandatory DRL (daytime running lights) units were relocated to a slim bumper lip, reminiscent of the 308 GTB, to add character and functionality.
On the side, the defining air scoop of the 488 GTB is completely concealed where the sheet metal folds in on itself from the low beltline on the door and into the rear wheel arch and three-quarter light. The effect is dramatic, as it reinforces the importance of the rear volume while, at the same time, maintaining the air flow to the intercoolers at the base of the side window.
The dynamic styling continues over the engine cover with a flip-up shut lines reminiscent of the F40’s. Three transversal slats cut across the carbon fiber engine cover to evacuate engine heat, and the smooth integration of a substantial rear spoiler is also a hint at the famous rear wing of the F40.
The trailing edge of the spoiler links seamlessly with the wing and with the aerodynamic diffuser at the bottom, to create a suggestive frame surrounding the tail. A fully custom cabin trim puts the finished touches on this truly special Ferrari, which was on public display for the first time at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Saturday 26th May 2018.
More images of the new SP38 and more information on its presence at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will be in the August 1 issue of Cavallino #226. Subscribe today.