One-Off Ferrari SP38 Breaks Cover

Isaac Cain
May 25, 2018

The Ferrari SP38, the latest offspring from Ferrari's One-Off programme, has been unveiled at Fiorano where, after the ceremonial handover to one of Ferrari's most dedicated customers, the auto was immediately put through its paces in a series of hot laps.

A new Ferrari is always something special, but a new one-off Ferrari is even more noteworthy.

Ferrari says the use of this drivetrain is what inspired the design team to work in a few elements of F40, such as the rear wing (albeit in a far more subtle manner than the vehicle which inspired it) and the engine cover.

In the case of the Ferrari SP38, the unnamed buyer bankrolling the whole affair is described only as "one of Ferrari's most dedicated customers" with "a deep passion for racing".

Adding to that look are the bespoke headlights, which are inset into the bodywork and have been created to be as slim as possible.

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The 458 MM Speciale - another one-off, based on the 488's 458 predecessor - was both revealed by Ferrari and showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2016, although the owner's identity was not disclosed.

No changes have been made to the powertrain, which means there's a 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 at the back pumping out 660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. The latter swaps the rear glass of the 488 GTB in favor of a flip-up carbon fiber panel whose vents are reminiscent of those on the F40. Three transversal slats slash across the engine cover to evacuate engine heat, and the smooth integration of a substantial rear spoiler is a hint at the famous rear wing of the F40.

The design incorporates a new set of lighting either side of a thin front bumper lip. Ferrari describes it as "a suggestive frame" which sounds suitably filthy given the performance on offer.

A full Tailor Made cabin trim puts the finished touches on this truly special Ferrari, which will be on public display for the first time at the upcoming Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este on Saturday 26th May 2018. As for price, Ferrari isn't saying.

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