Inspired by legendary Ferrari Sports racers of the past, the Monza SP1 and SP2 are the first models unveiled in a new limited-edition special series called “Icone”. They reference 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 draw inspiration from the iconic Ferrari racing barchettas of the past, including the 1948 166 MM, which originally inspired the name “barchetta”, and the 750 Monza and 860 Monza. These uncompromising models were designed with the sole aim of winning, and they helped build the Ferrari legend in the 1950s by delivering numerous victories in the World Sports Car Championship.
According to Ferrari, the 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, on the other hand, is “a two seater enabling the passenger to share the same driving sensations… thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen and a second roll-bar”.
In addition to an exceptional design, the Monza SP1 and SP2 incorporate the best weight-to-power ratio of any barchetta, thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fibre in construction, as well as distinctive details such as head and taillights, wheels and interior – to enhance the cars’ exclusivity. They are equipped with the most powerful engine Maranello has ever built: a 810 cv V12, they can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and zero to 200 km/h in 7.9 seconds. The two cars’ architecture 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, says Ferrari, “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’s aim was to create a 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.”
The centre also opted for a “radical choice” in the design of the cars’ compact doors, which open upwards, and placed equal importance on the all-carbonfibre one-piece bonnet-wing assembly, which is hinged at the front to showcase the imposing V12 engine once open.
In tune with their racing model pedigree, the Monza SP1 and SP2’s bodyshells are 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.”
One of the other major challenges in designing these authentic “en plein air” sports cars was managing the aerodynamic flows inside the cockpit in the absence of a windscreen. The designers found the solution in an innovative patented “Virtual Wind Shield”, which has been incorporated into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel and the steering wheel. The shield deviates part of the air flow to maintain driving comfort.
To complement the driving experience exclusively for Monza SP1 and SP2 owners, Ferrari, in collaboration with 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, featuring a various technical solutions to guarantee a comfortable fit and ensure freedom of movement while driving.