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Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 – Reincarnating the historic Barchetta

Automotive designers and engineers, find great pleasure in channelling creativity through concept excercises. The challenge is even more intriguing, if the task at hand is to reinvent, rather than invent and when archetypes come into play, this engagement becomes an obsession. One cannot help but wonder what would be the outcome of applying modern materials and processes to remanufacture iconic forms. As the automotive industry is tracing back to its roots and an increasing number of automotive enthusiasts around the world involve themselves with the achievements of an era long past, reinventing automotive legends in the shape of limited-edition “retro-modern” hypercars has also started making business sense.

The new Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 have been unveiled on occasion of the company’s Capital Market’s Day at the factory in Maranello. These limited-edition special-series cars are the first in a new segment called ‘Icona’, draw inspiration from the most evocative Ferraris of the 1950s and feature the most advanced sports car technology available today.

Aimed at dedicated clients and collectors, the Monza SP1 and SP2 reference the iconic Ferrari racing barchettas of the past, not least the 1948 166 MM, which originally inspired the name ‘barchetta’, and the 750 Monza and 860 Monza.

Designed with the sole aim of winning, these uncompromising models helped build the Ferrari legend in the 1950s by delivering numerous victories in the World Sports Car Championship.

The Ferrari Monza SP1 was designed as an uncompromising single-seat road car that offers a truly unique experience behind the wheel.

The second configuration, the Monza SP2, thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen and a second roll-bar, is instead a two-seater enabling the passenger to share the same driving sensations.

The Monza SP1 and SP2  feature a unique design, the best weight-to-power ratio of any barchetta, thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fibre in construction and distinctive details, such as head-and tail-lights, wheels and interior, which further enhance the cars’ exclusivity. Equipped with the most powerful engine Maranello has ever built, a 810cv (799hp) V12, they can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 7.9 seconds.

The architecture of the two cars is based on a monolithic form with an aerodynamic wing profile where the complete absence of a roof and windscreen gave the designers the freedom to create unique proportions that would not have been possible on a traditional spider.

The result is the feeling of blistering speed normally only experienced by Formula 1 drivers, which derives from the concept of a cockpit carved from the car’s very volume that wraps around the driver.

The Ferrari Design Centre has sought to create a very pure design, as though born of a single pencil stroke, to convey an ideal of timeless elegance, minimalist form and refined detail. Visually complex solutions, such as those seen on recent racing cars, have been avoided, giving way to a more understated formal design language. Never has a model expressed such a narrative power, highlighting its appeal as a driver’s car, where the link between man and automobile becomes symbiotic.

A radical choice was made for the design of the cars’ compact doors which open upwards. Equally important is the all-carbon-fibre one-piece bonnet-wing assembly which is hinged at the front to showcase the imposing V12 engine once open.

As with racing models, the bodyshell of both cars is made entirely from lightweight carbon-fibre. The entire interior is trimmed in the same material with a natural finish to enhance the sporty impact of the design. Weight reduction and the ‘barchetta’ configuration guarantee unique vehicle dynamics: perfectly balanced with no roll whatsoever for pure, uncompromising sports-car handling.

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Because these are authentic “en plein air” sports cars, one of the greatest challenges in their design was managing the aerodynamic flows inside the cockpit in the absence of a windscreen.

The solution was the innovative patented “Virtual Wind Shield” which has been incorporated into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel and the steering wheel. The “Virtual Wind Shield” deviates a part of the air flow to maintain driving comfort.

Especially for Monza SP1 and SP2 owners Ferrari, in collaboration with two leading luxury brands, Loro Piana and Berluti, has created elegant gentlemen-driver-inspired apparel and accessories, to make most of the unique automotive experience.

Icona” is a carefully chosen term to brand Ferrari’s involvement in this exclusive segment. Apart from connotations with respect to automotive “icons”, in it’s literal meaning the word stands for “depiction”. Looking at the Monza SP1 and SP2 it is fair to say that “Icona” is the display of Ferrari’s tribute to the historical achievements and the commitment at Maranello, to ensure their values and visions transcend geographical and chronologial boundaries.

Short Technical Specification

ENGINE

Type                                          V12 – 65°

Overall displacement             6496 cm3

Max. power output *             603 kW (810 cv) at 8500 rpm

Max. torque *                         719 Nm at 7000 rpm

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Length                                    4657 mm

Width                                     1996 mm

Height                                     1155 mm

Dry weight**                          1500 kg (SP1), 1520 kg (SP2)

PERFORMANCE

0-100 km/h                            2.9 sec

0-200 km/h                            7.9 sec

Max. speed                             >300 km/h

 

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