- The SP38 has been created for ‘one of Ferrari’s most dedicated customer’ and will be the only one of its kind
- It’s part of the Italian brand’s ‘One-Off’ project that aims to create stunning rebodied versions of its own cars
- This one is based on a 488 GTB and uses the same twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 engine – it will do 205mph flat out
- The styling takes inspiration from some of Ferrari’s greatest modern cars, including the F40 and 308 GTB
Ferraris, they’re everywhere these days. Well, that might be the case if you’re a multi-millionaire living on a super-yacht in Monaco.
Fortunately, if this sounds like you, then Ferrari has just the thing to appease your demand for supercar originality.
It’s called the SP38 and it’s a rebodied Ferrari 488 GTB that might just be one of the best looking modern-era prancing horses we’ve ever seen.
One of a kind: This is the latest car to come out of Ferrari’s Maranello factory. It’s the newest model built by its ‘One-Off’ project, which creates unique vehicles for the brand’s most dedicated customers
The car has been created as part of the famed Italian supercar-maker’s unique ‘One-Off’ programme.
Seemingly taking inspiration from Rolls-Royce’s monumentally successful – and financially fruitful – customising model, Ferrari has taken to building one-of-a-kind cars for its deepest-pocketed customers.
It’s also a hark back to the brand’s history, when coachbuilders such as Bertone, Pininfarina, Carrozzeria Scaglietti, Touring, Vignale and Zagato would add their styling touches to the Italian firm’s latest machinery.
The SP38 is a modern take of that ethos, and has been created for ‘one of Ferrari’s most dedicated customers’ who, the brand says, has a ‘deep passion for racing’.
To appease this person’s love for all things with prancing horses, Ferrari has taken the not-particularly-modest 488 GTB chassis and running gear but given it new features inspired by some of its greatest ever cars.
For instance, the the rear wing and engine cover replicate those of the iconic F40, while the front-end is modelled closely on the 308 GTB.
Underneath, there’s a Ferrari 488 GTB. However, the new styling touches are a blend of some of the firm’s most adored cars and modern design
Ferrari said the SP38 has been created for ‘one of Ferrari’s most dedicated customers’ who, the brand says, has a ‘deep passion for racing’
Ferrari says some of the styling is inspired by iconic cars from its past, including the F40 (left). The front-end of the SP38 has also been modelled on the 308 GTB (right)
Ferrari says the entirety of the bodywork is all-new, and even the squinting headlights were created especially for the car.
Elsewhere, the air scoops usually seen on the profile of the 488 have been concealed by panels that fold in from the beltline on the door to the rear arches.
The bespoke touches aren’t limited to the exterior.
Inside, there’s a tailor-made cabin that’s been built to order – and size – for the individual who will take delivery of the vehicle next month.
Why the wait? That’s because the car will first be publicly displayed at the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, in Italy, on Saturday 26 May.
Every panel on the car is new. That includes the squinting headlights, which have been specially made to be as thin as possible
The car will be shown to the public for the first time at the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, in Italy, on Saturday 26 May before being handed to the new owner
Ferrari failed to mention if the car has improved performance figures compared to a standard 488 GTB (pictured). If not, it will still be capable of hitting 205mph
While it might be pleasing to the eye, we don’t know if it has any impact on performance.
Not that a boost in speed is what the 488 GTB needs.
The 661bhp 3.9-litre V8 twin-turbo engine can hit 205mph flat out without modification.
How much will it cost? That’s strictly between the Maranello-based brand and the well-heeled customer who will receive the keys.
Ferrari says another one like it will never be built. That’s what we call exclusivity.
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