Ferrari unveils unique F40-inspired SP38

The lastest bespoke redesign from Ferrari has landed in the form of the 488 GTB-based SP38

Ferrari has unveiled its latest One-Off car in the form of the 488 GTB-based SP38, which features design cues inspired by the F40 and 308 GTB.

Back in 2007, Ferrari launched Special Products and has since been producing highly bespoke variants such as the 458-based SP12 EC for iconic guitarist Eric Clapton. Following in a similar vein, the new SP38 was shown off at Fiorano as part of a ceremonial handover to its owner. It was then taken out to the circuit for a series of flying laps.

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Its body has been reimagined by the Ferrari Design Centre so that the ‘unique car reflects the specific vision of a client with a deep passion for racing’. A three-layer metallic red paint job sits on top of the all-new bodywork, which has drawn elements from the F40 – which, like the 488, had a twin-turbo and twin-intercooler configuration.

Ferrari has made an attempt to concentrate the visual mass over the rear wheels and the front-end treatment includes a strongly tapered nose that expands into the wheelarches.

The SP38 receives new, slimmer headlights that depart from Ferrari’s usual daytime running light arrangement. A prominent black bumper is meant to hark back to the 1970s 308 GTB also – the first mid-engine Ferrari V8 sportscar.

Notably, the 488’s prominent side air-intakes have been concealed with the cooling moved inside the door line – vaguely similar to the aerodynamics of a McLaren 720S. The clear rear window has been replaced with three slats, again in deference to the F40. Both of these revisions channel into a far more prominent rear wing.

Although Ferrari has not released revised performance figures for the SP38, the 488 GTB donor car produces 661bhp from a 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8. That means it can accelerate from rest to 62mph in three seconds dead and go on to 205mph.

The interior receives a full tailor made refresh as well and the car will be on public display for the first time at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Saturday May 26.

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