THIS is The Ferrari SP38, the latest offspring from Ferrari’s One-Off programme. Designed by the Ferrari Design Centre on the chassis and running gear of the 488 GTB, this unique car is a direct translation of a client brief and a demonstration of Ferrari's appetite to fulfil the requests of client with very deep pockets.
The all-new bodywork, in a newly conceived three-layer metallic red, marks a complete rethink from the design language of the donor car. The 3.9-litre V8-twin-turbo is still good for 661bhp and 761Nm of torque.
And performance figures of 0-60mph in 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 205mph mean the SP38 isn't merely about appearances. The designers referenced the mighty F40 as a kind of blueprint, a guidance for 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.
Specific inset headlights were designed to be as thin as possible, with the mandatory DRL (daytime running lights) units relocated to add character and functionality to a slim bumper lip reminiscent of the 308 GTB.
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.
This design direction 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 styling continues over the engine cover, the 388 GTB’s rear glass is treated as a flip-up assembly in carbon fibre with shutlines slashing the flanks in a gesture directly reminiscent of the F40’s.
A fully, bespoke tailor made cabin puts the finishing touches on this very special Ferrari, which will be on public display at the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Saturday 26th May 2018.