Ferrari SP38 Is The Marque’s Latest One-Off

1992 Ferrari F40

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A new Special Projects model was released today; the Ferrari SP38.

While it retains the traditional wedge shape of the 488 GTB, the SP38's body is a bit more aggressive up front.

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

The daytime running lights have been repositioned, allowing the headlamps to be even thinner, while the bumper lip is reminiscent of the 308 GTB.

The all-new bodywork, in a newly conceived three-layer metallic red, marks a radical departure from the language aesthetic of the donor auto.

Stylistically, the auto concentrates its visual mass over the rear wheels, with a rear spoiler and engine cover reminiscent of the F40, with a wedge shape that narrows toward the front.

The radical waistline, with the sheetmetal folding in on itself below the windowline and sweeping up to the rear wheel-arches, both conceals and channels fresh air into the dual intercooler intakes below the rear side windows.

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. The running gear and chassis have also been kept the same as the 488. Atop the engine is a solid cover with three slats, perhaps referencing the three gills that sit on each side of the F40's rear wing.

No word on the SP38's powertrain, but it seems likely that it's the 488's mid-engine 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8, which makes 660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. The back end also boasts a small spoiler, which is another nod to the F40. Zero to 100 km/h is accomplished in three seconds flat, and it goes on to 200 km/h in just 8.3 seconds before hitting a top speed north of 330 km/h. Referencing the iconic F40, the SP38 will make its debut at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este vehicle show on the shores of Lake Como in a few days time.

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