Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are limited edition models inspired by iconic 1950s sports cars

Article by Christian A., on September 26, 2018

They easily look like the modern reincarnationa of the 1948 Ferrari 166 MM, the Ferrari 750 Monza and the Ferrari 860 Monza. After all, the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 that were recently introduced by Ferrari take inspirations from legendary Ferrari Sports cars of the past in terms of both design and engineering.

The new Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are the first models in a new concept of limited-edition special series dubbed as ‘Icona,’ as inspired by the carmaker’s iconic and legendary cars. The Monza SP1 and SP2 essentially blend the evocative design of Ferrari cars in the 1950s and the most advanced technology found in modern sports cars. The 1948 Ferrari 166 MM, the Ferrari 750 Monza and 860 Monza were credited for creating Ferrari’s legend in the 1950s through unprecedented wins in the World Sports Car Championship.

In terms of looks, the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are essentially twins. However, the Monza SP1 is single-seat road car that can only accommodate the driver on the right side. On the other hand, the Monza SP2 is a two-seater that allows the driver to bring along a front passenger to the ride. In the Monza SP2, the tonneau cover has been removed, while a second protective screen and a second roll-bar are added. The front passenger sits in a cockpit that replicates that of the driver, sans the steering wheel and a number of controls.

According to Ferrari, the Monza SP1 and SP2 boast of the best weight-to-power ratio of any barchetta, as made possible extensive use of carbon fiber construction. Just like racing models, the body shells of both the Monza SP1 and SP2 are made from lightweight carbon fiber, which is the same material used for the interior trim.

Both the Monza SP1 and SP2 feature an architecture that is derived from a monolithic form with an aerodynamic wing profile without a roof and a windscreen. These gave these limited edition models distinct proportions that aren’t possible on a traditional open-air car. The absence of a windscreen means that there was a need to manage aerodynamic flows inside the cockpit – as addressed by the so-called “Virtual Wind Shield.” Incorporated into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel and the steering wheel, the “Virtual Wind Shield” redirects a part of the airflow to keep the driver or the passenger comfortable.

Ferrari designers provided the Monza SP1 and SP2 with compact doors that open upwards. Their carbon-fiber bonnet-wing assembly has been hinged at the front, allowing access to the powerful V12 engine inside. The Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are powered by dynamic V12 engine delivers 810 hp of output, allowing these models to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and from nil to 200 km/h in 7.9 seconds.

Press Release

The Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 unveiled – the first models in a new concept of limited-edition special series called ‘Icona’

The new Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 have been unveiled on occasion of the company’s Capital Market’s Day at the factory in Maranello. These limited-edition special-series cars are the first in a new segment called ‘Icona’ and draw inspiration from the most evocative Ferraris of the 1950s and feature the most advanced sports car technology available today.

Aimed at dedicated clients and collectors, the Monza SP1 and SP2 reference the iconic Ferrari racing barchettas of the past, not least the 1948 166 MM, which originally inspired the name ‘barchetta’, and the 750 Monza and 860 Monza. Designed with the sole aim of winning, these uncompromising models helped build the Ferrari legend in the 1950s by delivering numerous victories in the World Sports Car Championship.

The Ferrari Monza SP1 was designed as an uncompromising single-seat road car that offers a truly unique experience behind the wheel. The second configuration, the Monza SP2, thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen and a second roll-bar, is instead a two-seater enabling the passenger to share the same driving sensations.

The Monza SP1 and SP2 feature a unique design, the best weight-to-power ratio of any barchetta, thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fibre in construction, and distinctive details, such as head-and tail-lights, wheels and interior, which further enhance the cars’ exclusivity. Equipped with the most powerful engine Maranello has ever built, a 810 cv V12, they can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 7.9 seconds.

The architecture of the two cars is based on a monolithic form with an aerodynamic wing profile where the complete absence of a roof and windscreen gave the designers the freedom to create unique proportions that would not have been possible on a traditional spider.

The result is the feeling of blistering speed normally only experienced by Formula 1 drivers, which derives from the concept of a cockpit carved from the car’s very volume that wraps around the driver.

The Ferrari Design Centre has sought to create a very pure design, as though born of a single pencil stroke, to convey an ideal of timeless elegance, minimalist form and refined detail. Visually complex solutions, such as those seen on recent racing cars, have been avoided, giving way to a more understated formal design language. Never has a model expressed such a narrative power, highlighting its appeal as a driver’s car where the link between man and automobile becomes symbiotic.

A radical choice was made for the design of the cars’ compact doors which open upwards. Equally important is the all-carbon-fibre one-piece bonnet-wing assembly which is hinged at the front to showcase the imposing V12 engine once open.

As with racing models, the bodyshell of both cars is made entirely from lightweight carbon-fibre. The entire interior is trimmed in the same material with a natural finish to enhance the sporty impact of the design. Weight reduction and the ‘barchetta’ configuration guarantee unique vehicle dynamics: perfectly balanced with no roll whatsoever for pure, uncompromising sports-car handling.

Because these are authentic “en plein air” sports cars, one of the greatest challenges in their design was managing the aerodynamic flows inside the cockpit in the absence of a windscreen. The solution was the innovative patented “Virtual Wind Shield” which has been incorporated into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel and the steering wheel. The “Virtual Wind Shield” deviates a part of the air flow to maintain driving comfort.

Especially for Monza SP1 and SP2 owners Ferrari, in collaboration with two leading luxury brands, Loro Piana and Berluti, has created elegant gentlemen-driver-inspired apparel and accessories. The driver’s selection includes racing overalls, jersey, helmet, gloves, scarf and driving shoes. These feature a number of technical solutions to guarantee a comfortable fit and ensure freedom of movement while driving.

Short Technical Specification

ENGINE

Type V12 – 65°

Overall displacement 6496 cm3

Max. power output * 603 kW (810 cv) at 8500 rpm

Max. torque * 719 Nm at 7000 rpm

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Length 4657 mm

Width 1996 mm

Height 1155 mm

Dry weight** 1500 kg (SP1), 1520 kg (SP2)

PERFORMANCE

0-100 km/h 2.9 sec

0-200 km/h 7.9 sec

Max. speed >300 km/h

FUEL CONSUMPTION/ CO2 EMISSIONS

Under homologation

*With 98 octane petrol

**With optional lightweight contents

Source: Ferrari

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