Ferrari confirms SP 275 RW Competizione is based on F12berlinetta and inspired by 275 GTB

Article by Christian A., on February 6, 2017

There was quite some fuzz when suddenly a yellow Ferrari with a number of similarities with the Ferrari F12berlinetta showed up during the Ferrari Finali Mondiali event at the Daytona International Speedway. There were speculations it was a one-off special order derived from the F12berlinetta, but back then, there were no confirmed information from Ferrari. But now, Ferrari has spoken up about its latest one-off creation – the SP 275 RW Competizione.

According to Ferrari, the one-off SP 275 RW Competizione is underpinned by the chassis that underpins the F12berlinetta, which is considered as one of the most beautiful Ferrari sports cars of all time. Taking care of the design of the SP 275 RW Competizione is none other than Ferrari’s own Styling Centre, with the cooperation of Italian car design firm Pininfarina SpA.

As implied by its moniker, the Ferrari SP 275 RW Competizione takes inspiration from the Ferrari 275 GTB, which is considered as one of the most iconic V12 berlinettas in the 1960s. In fact, the SP 275 RW Competizione could be considered as a modern take on the 275 GTB, but with some personal flavors from the person who ordered it – a certain dentist from Florida named Rick Workman, hence the rw initials. In fact, Workman had initials on the one-off Ferrari SP 275 RW Competizione.

A number of design elements help strengthen the ties between the Ferrari SP 275 RW Competizione and the Ferrari 275 GTB – in particular, the yellow 275 GTB Competizione (with chassis number 06885) that dominated the GT category and won third overall in the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hour race. These elements include those that gave the iconic 275 GTB its berlinetta character – like its balanced proportions; its muscular transition from the rear three-quarter panel to the wheelarch; and its slightly wider track.

Specific design elements that the Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione was known for and that found its way into the SP 275 RW Competizione include: its yellow exterior color; the distinctive black close perimeter grille; its bonnet bulge; four gill-like louvers on its side; three louvers on the B pillar; and three more louvers on the rear bumper; pronounced rear decklid; and milled aluminum fuel filler cap.

Power, meanwhile, is provided by the V12 engine that is found in another F12berlinetta-based sports car -- the limited-series F12tdf. This V12 engine delivers 780 hp (574 kW) of max output and 521 lb-ft (705 Nm) of peak torque, which should allow the SP 275 RW Competizione to be as quick as the F12tdf. Moreover, this one-off Ferrari also employs the tweaked dual-clutch transmission in the F12tdf that delivers 30 percent faster upshifts. The F12tdf could sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of more than 211 mph (340 km/h).

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