The Ferrari SP38 is Maranello’s latest one-off

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If you have enough money, Ferrari will build whatever the hell you want (within reason).

The SP38 – which uses the chassis and running-gear from a 488 GTB – was built for “one of Ferrari’s most dedicated customers” who has a “deep passion for racing”. The project’s “general direction” was therefore influenced by another twin-turbocharged Ferrari, the F40 – whose influence Ferrari says can be seen in the rear wing and engine cover.

While it retains the traditional wedge shape of the 488 GTB, the SP38’s body is a bit more aggressive up front. But out back, it’s like a whole new car, with bodywork that’s reminiscent of nothing else Ferrari makes. Ferrari claims there’s F40 inspiration in here, which I kind of get in the rear window louvers, but that’s all the F40 I get from this. 

We don’t know whether the new bodywork has had any effect on performance. But seeing as a regular 488 does 0-62mph in three seconds flat and runs on to 205mph thanks to its 3.9-litre, twin-turbo, 661bhp V8 and seven-speed DCT, the SP38 ought not to be slow. 

The first public outing of the SP38 will be at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este this week.

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