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Ferrari Daytona SP3

Limited to 599 units, the Ferrari Daytona SP3 is the new member of the Icona range of the Maranello brand and a tribute to the victory achieved in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona.

After Monza SP1 and SP2 in 2018, Ferrari’s Icona range has now received its third member: the Ferrari Daytona SP3. Unlike its “brothers”, the Daytona SP3 is more apt to circulate on public roads around the world (for example, it has a windshield), but it is no less spectacular for that.

A tribute to the result achieved at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona (race in which Ferrari took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places), the Ferrari Daytona SP3 shares a carbon fiber monocoque with the LaFerrari, but it relinquishes the hybrid technology, something that helped it to stay at 1485 kg (dry weight and with lightweight options installed).

Instead, the first Ferrari to feature a V12 engine in the central rear position since the LaFerrari’s launch in 2013, it features the most powerful internal combustion engine ever fitted to a Maranello-brand road car.

The Daytona SP3 numbers

Codenamed F140HC this 6.5 V12 at 65° is based on the one used by the 812 Competizione. After receiving an improved exhaust and intake, titanium connecting rods, and a lighter crankshaft, this engine now produces 840 hp at 9250 rpm and 697 Nm of torque at 7250 rpm (10 hp and 5 Nm more than the 812 Competizione). The limiter only appears at 9500 rpm.

Sending 697 Nm of torque to the rear wheels is a faster version of the seven-speed automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox used by the 812 Competizione. All of this allows the new Ferrari Daytona SP3 to reach 100 km/h in 2.85s, 200 km/h in 7.4s and accelerate up to 340 km/h of top speed.

Equipped with an electronic limited-slip differential (e-Diff 3.0), the Ferrari Daytona SP3 also has several electronic driving aids such as the latest generation of the SSC 6.1 system (Side Slip Angle Control) or the FDE (Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer).

Inspired by the past

Despite the focus on aerodynamic performance, the Ferrari Daytona SP3 does not hide its inspiration from other iconic models of the Maranello brand.

The windshield, for example, brings to mind the one used by the racing Ferrari P3/4, while the shape of the front fenders recalls those of past competition models like the 512 S, 712 Can-Am, or 312 P.

However, one of the biggest gimmicks at the front of the Daytona SP3 is its headlights. In front of these units with LED technology, Ferrari installed two retractable “eyelids” in a clear reference to the retractable headlamps that were once the norm among so many sports cars and super sports cars.

At the rear, it’s hard not to remember the late Testarossa — it’s also a clear reference to the Ferrari 250 P5 (1968), a concept designed by Pininfarina — when looking at the solution adopted by the Daytona SP3, with several “blades” appearing above the rear diffuser and to integrate a thin LED strip at the top for the light groups.

Finally, in the interior, minimalism is the dominant note. The seats are fixed to the structure and integral part of the cabin, and its inspiration in competition models is clear — in addition to the steering wheel, the pedals also move to adjust to the driver. On the dashboard, the 16” curved screen and the presence of (a lot of) carbon fiber stand out.

Expensive, limited, and… out of stock

In total, Ferrari will only produce 599 units of the Daytona SP3, 100 more than those it produced for the Monza SP1 and SP2.

Each of them costs two million euros and, according to Maranello’s brand, anyone who had already purchased a Monza SP1 or SP2 had “preemptive rights” to buy the latest member of the Icona range.

We don’t know if the owners of Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 exercised their right or not, but the truth is that the Ferrari Daytona SP3 has already sold out.

Source: with agencies

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