1 of 1 Ferrari SP38 Based on 488 GTB

Friday, 25 May, 2018

The vehicle was built for one of the company's "most dedicated customers", and the result is a svelte, yet powerful design that's very different from the donor car's, and one that draws heavily from Ferrari's storied past.

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

As it was the case with the carmaker's previous projects of the sort, the newcomer is based on an existing model and we're referring to the 488 GTB.

Of course, the design influences of the SP38 also include other iconic Fezzas, such as the 308 GTB (think: the sleek lip of the front apron). Ferrari's design team has managed to hide the air scoop from the 488 GTB, too, by folding the sheet metal in on itself from the low beltline on the door, into the real wheel arch.

Ferrari has taken the wraps off its most recent custom creation, a road-legal one-off based on the 488 GTB, called SP38.

The dynamic styling continues over the engine cover, which sheds its rear glass and is treated as a flip-up assembly in carbon fibre with shutlines slashing the flanks in a gesture directly reminiscent of the F40's. 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. Performance figures haven't been revealed, but the 488 GTB's 330kph top speed and 3.0sec 0-100kph time are likely closely matched. The SP38's rear wing is claimed to be a very subtle nod to the F40's much more overt offering.

No changes to the running gear, so the biturbo V8 is the same 3.9 litre unit from the 488 GTB, making 670 PS at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. Paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and spinning the rear wheels, the engine should see the SP38 hit 60 miles per hour in under 3.0 seconds and top out above 200 miles per hour.

The SP38's first public outing will be at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, later this week.