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.