Ferrari SP38 one-off unveiled

One off Ferrari SP38

The ultimate Frankenstein Ferrari: This awesome one-off SP38

Ferrari claims that a new tailor-made cabin is found inside, but hasn't issued any pictures of the SP38's cockpit.

The Ferrari SP38, the latest offspring from Ferrari's One-Off programme, has been unveiled at Fiorano where, after the ceremonial handover to one of Ferrari's most dedicated customers, the vehicle was immediately put through its paces in a series of hot laps.

The paintwork is a special triple-layer metallic red designed specially for the SP38.

While it retains the traditional wedge shape of the 488 GTB, the SP38's body is a bit more aggressive up front. The hand-made SP38 is based on the platform and running gear of a 488 GTB - but that's where any resemblance ends to Ferraris as we know them.

One off Ferrari SP38

Ferrari hasn't said much about the interiors, but it will get its own special interior trim.

At the side, the 488 GTB's air intake is replaced by bodywork at the SP38's shoulder, moved to next to the rear side window.

"The dynamic styling continues over the engine cover, which sheds its rear glass and is treated as a flip-up assembly in carbon fiber with shutlines slashing the flanks in a gesture directly reminiscent of the F40's", Ferrari says. The company likens its front bumper design and thin lip to the 308 GTB of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

If the 488's engine is unchanged, the SP38 will rely on a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 that puts out 661 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. 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. 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. It will be on public display at the upcoming Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este on Saturday 26 May, before being delivered to its proud owner - who has, incidentally, already driven a number of hot laps on Ferrari's Fiorano test circuit, across the road from the factory.

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