This one-off could end up being the most special creation to come out of Ferrari’s Special Projects division

Ferrari’s Special Projects division is responsible for some of the most desirable Ferraris ever built. Even better, this new one-off is rumored to be based on one of the most iconic Ferraris of all time: the mighty F40.

Not much is known, but since it is a one of a kind, expect it to end up in the hands of someone with deep pockets that has a garage full of Ferraris.

What do we know about Ferrari’s latest one-off creation?

To be clear, nothing has been confirmed yet about the rumored one-off Ferrari. What we do understand, though, is that the model will be heavily inspired by the Ferrari F40, without question one of the most iconic Ferraris of all time.

According to The Supercar Blog, the new one-off carries the codename “SP42.”

We know that the “SP” in the name means “Special Project,” but the “42” is less clear since Ferrari’s list of special project vehicles has yet to reach 20 units.

Perhaps “42” stands for all the prototypes that Ferrari has discussed, developed, or built? It’s worth noting, though, that a previous one-off Ferrari carried the name “SP38” so there is some precedent to Ferrari using the same nomenclature for its one-off models.

What kind of “look” should we expect out of this new one-off Ferrari?

Ferrari Could Be Preparing to Reveal Its One-Off, F40-Inspired Supercar
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It’s a tall order to develop a supercar that’s based on the Ferrari F40. But Ferrari’s been down this road before, and so far, all of its one-offs have been met favorably by the public.

Still, there’s a built-in pressure that comes with developing a one-off model that’s inspired by the F40. If that is the case, expect the F40’s styling cues to be present in this new one-off. The Pininfarina-penned F40 came with a sliding hood and a pair of rectangular headlamps that could be interpreted in different ways by Ferrari. The fixed rear spoiler is the other defining trait of the F40, so expect something similar for this new one-off model.

Will this one-off Ferrari have the kind of power and performance capabilities the Ferrari F40 had?

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It’s too early to say at this point, but our best guess is that it’ll be powered by the same 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that you can find sitting inside the Ferrari Tributo. That engine produces a stout 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, good enough to help the Tributo accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds before peaking at a top speed of 211 mph.

The SP42’s V-8 engine could boast more power because of the status of the model from which it’s inspired by, but don’t be surprised, too, if Ferrari leaves the output of the SP42’s V-8 unit in the same space as the Tributo’s V-8 engine.
ENGINE Type 90-degree V8 turbo
Overall displacement 3902 cc
Max. power output* 710 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Max. torque 568 LB-FT @ 3,250 RPM
Dry weight 1330 kg
0-100 km/h 2.9 s
0-200 km/h 7.8 s
Top speed 340 km/h (211 mph)

How many one-off Ferrari models are there now?

Ferrari Could Be Preparing to Reveal Its One-Off, F40-Inspired Supercar
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Ferrari’s Special Projects division was created in 2008 and the first car to come out of that was the appropriately named Ferrari SP1. Since then, more than 10 one-off projects have been launched that we know about. It’s unclear if more one-offs were built for customers that were not revealed, but knowing Ferrari, it wouldn’t waste an opportunity to gather headlines every time a model comes out of its Special Projects division. Of the models that were shown in public, a few standout models have left lasting impressions on us.

From the SP1, SP Arya (my personal favorite), SP FFX, to newer models like the SP38 Deborah and the P80/C, these one-offs were singular in their appearance and stature. That’s why Ferrari’s Special Projects has grown to become one of the best custom builders in the industry today.

Source: The Supercar Blog

Kirby Garlitos
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