New Ferrari Monza SP1 & SP2 Pay Tribute To Old Icons

This week was a big week for Ferrari collectors – definitely not as big of a day for us but, hey, that doesn’t mean we don’t like checking out cars we’ll never be able to afford.

We had caught wind of this news a few days prior, but as soon as these photos dropped… we fell in love.

At an event that took place at the company’s factory in Maranello, Italy, two brand new Ferraris were unveiled. Both paying tribute to old icons, the Monza SP1 and SP2 reference multiple parts of the cars involved in Ferrari’s slew of victories in the 1950’s World Sports Car Championship. The design team looked back to the past, specifically to the 166 MM and the 750 Monzo, for inspiration.

Photos: RoadShow

The cars are being referred to as part of a limited-edition “special series,” with less than 500 to be produced between the duo. They will be the  first in a new segment the manufacturer is creating dubbed “Icone,” translating to “Iconic.”

Per the press release, the Monza SP1 and SP2 boast the best power-to-weight ratio of any sports car in existence. The cars are almost purely constructed out of carbon fiber and are equipped with the most powerful engine the manufacturer has ever produced – a 800 horsepower V12, with a zero-to-sixty of less than 2.9-seconds, and a top speed of over 186 miles per hour.

Ferrari sought out to create a design described as pure, timeless, elegant, and understated – with a focus not on the design, but on the connection between the driver and the vehicle.

The complete absence of a roof and windscreen gave designers almost endless options to play with, creating proportions that otherwise would not be achievable.

The SP1 is offered as an exhilarating single-seat street car (that we especially love), while the SP2 threw out the tonneau cover and replaced it with a second protective screen and roll-bar to make room for a passenger seat.

Supposedly, the unique open-air design makes for a very extraordinary driving experience, with the cars cockpit being designed around the volume surrounding the driver at high speeds. While this was the component of the vehicle’s design that proved to be the most challenging in creating, the solution Ferrari thought up is quite impressive – a (now patented) supposed “virtual wind shield,” that was added into the fairing just in front of the instrument panel and steering wheel, directs airflow around the passengers.

The same material used on the cars’ lightweight carbon fiber bodies outfits the vehicle’s interior.

And, as if the cars weren’t cool enough already, each one comes with a Berluti custom-fit helmet and driving suit by Loro Piana.

The vehicle's doors open upwards, while the carbon fiber one-piece wing assembly is hinged at the front to show off the V12 engine.

Overall, what they call the “barchetta configuration” guarantees a perfectly balanced chassis with absolutely zero body roll, and uncompromising sports car handling. We’ll take both.

More information on the Monza SP1 and SP2, including pricing, is said to be released at the Paris Motor Show, at the beginning of October.

About the author

Jenna Schiebe

Jenna’s addiction to all things automotive began soon after she was introduced to the car scene at age 16. She has a special interest in imports but, at the end of the day, is a enthusiast that loves anything that goes fast.
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