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The Icona lineup models from the Italian supercar manufacturer Ferrari set-up a plan to get special attention for special Ferrari models.
And the SP2 was just an example.
It is hard to believe that there will be too many people to run with over 300 kph (185 mph) into an open-top, barchetta style bodywork with just a slice of a windshield in front of them. Not to mention that to be a passenger in such a thing, would thrill even more. But the Ferrari did the car in 2018 and found 500 customers for it.
The Monza SP2 was a resemblance to the old barchetta body-style. That means a car without a windshield. Behind the cockpit, there were two roll-over bars hidden underneath two “humps”. A big “bridge” between the driver and the passenger created the illusion of driving into a one-seater vehicle. The vertical opening of the doors might be considered as “Lambo-style” doors but they were different.
In the cockpit, everything was tuned and addressed to the driver. If in some Ferraris the passenger can select the music to play or change the settings for climate control, here there is nothing to do other than enjoy the ride. And this is why Ferrari built the SP2 after they released the SP1 version with only one seat.
Under the hood, there was a turbocharged V12 engine. The insane 810 hp energy was sent to the rear wheels only via a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission.
The 2018 Ferrari Monza SP1 was designed for the driver who doesn’t want to take any passenger along the road.
The one-seater vehicle was built mostly for collectors.
The car was inspired by the 1955 Ferrari 750 with one seat and track-days in mind. But the SP1 was legal to drive on the public roads. It was accompanied by the SP2 model, a vehicle that offered a passenger seat, so the driver could enjoy a companion.
The low profile of the vehicle showed no room for a windscreen, while the big hump behind the driver hid the roll-over protection bar. With a seat designed and tailored to the exact driver dimensions, the Monza SP1 was built for those who would enjoy a track-day as much as the road to there. A radical choice was made for the design of the cars’ compact doors which open upwards. Equally important is the all-carbon-fiber one-piece hood-wing assembly which was hinged at the front to showcase the V12 engine once opened.
The “Virtual Wind Shield” deviated a part of the airflow to maintain driving comfort. But still, the driver had to wear a helmet. The dashboard consisted of one, big, a tachometer, and two screens on its sides. The whole commands and controls for headlights, turn signals, and on-board computer were placed on the steering wheel.
The light, barchetta configuration ensured a high-performance dynamic and uncompromising sports car handling.