It’s the Ferrari 812 with classic styling and seating for two

Ferrari’s shock launch of two brand-new super cars, the Monza SP1 and SP2 put everyone under the pressure of a choice: to go or not go solo. The SP2 is the Barchetta that encourages you to be friendly and take someone with you for the passenger ride of a lifetime aboard the fastest non-hybrid Prancing Horse ever – with no windshield!

The Icona line of special, limited run cars is off to a scorching start with two new beauties dubbed the SP1 and the SP2 Monza. The name isn’t new; instead, just like the cars, it draws from Ferrari’s long and storied racing heritage. The Monza was one of Ferrari’s Barchetta-style sports racing cars from the ‘50s which had its successes on the track but faded into obscurity in the decades that followed. It’s nice to see Ferrari bringing back this nameplate, especially on such eye-wateringly beautiful cars.

It’s good to know that the Icona program is set to run for at least four years, so we’re certain we’ll see more amazing products coming their way considering Louis Camilleri assertion that Ferrari looks to debut up to 15 new cars in the following years. The scope is to increase the sales to $5,000,000,000 by 2022 which would be a 68% increase from the figure registered at the end of last year.

While we’re almost sure that some of those sales will come off of the launch of Ferrari’s much-rumored SUVs, we’ve got to live in the moment and enjoy the Monza SP1 and SP2 for what they are: Ferrari’s fastest non-hybrid cars. The fact that they follow the old norm of a front-mounted V-12 sending the power to the back wheels is just the cream atop an amazing pie.

What makes the Ferrari Monza SP2 special

2018 Ferrari Monza SP2
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Ferrari makes headlines by unveiling not one, but two cars in the premises of its new Centro Stile building. The SP2 is the version for that portion of the ultra-rich that actually have someone close enough to their hearts that they’d like them to share the experience of the open-top Monza. This means two humps, two “Virtual Windshields” and an increased dry weight of 3,351 pounds. With the knowledge that the “bi-posto” is heavier, Ferrari dressed the SP2 in Nero, a color famous for hiding extra weight. The red interior works beautifully with the exterior tint too.

Otherwise, the design is the same with the elongated hood that houses the 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V-12 and all of its 810 ponies. The gain was made thanks to variable length intake ducts while torque remains at 530 pound-feet.

Since most of the body is made out of carbon fiber, you’ll see your SP2 accelerate from a standstill to 124 mph in just 7.9 seconds and it will keep going well past 185 mph depending on how much you dare to keep your foot planted.

You’ll also most likely find the same clever gearbox as in the 812 Superfast.

Ferrari says they will make no more than 500 of these cars with customer demand deciding if we’ll see more SP1s rolling out of Maranello or SP2s. The Icona program thus becomes the fourth pillar in Ferrari’s catalogue besides Sport, GT and Special. The Sport models are the 488 and the 812, as well as a to-be-announced supercar that should sit above the 488s replacement but not in the rarified air of the hypercars performance-wise. The GTs are the likes of the Lusso and the Portofino – until the Purosangue is presented in 2021. Finally, Ferrari’s offering includes the Special models such as the 488 Pista and the now-discontinued F12 TdF.

2018 Ferrari Monza SP2
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The Special and Icona lineups should make up about 5% of Ferrari’s sales by 2022 with the Sport models bringing in 50% of the sales and the GTs responsible for the 40% although I reckon they’ll see the GT segment tip the scale once the SUV is introduced…

For now, though, we’ve got time to savor the Monzas and hope the deadly reputation of the original 50’s sports car, in which Formula 1’s first two-time world champion Alberto Ascari died at the Monza circuit, doesn’t pass on.

For your safety, though, Ferrari presented along with these cars some bespoke overalls signed by the Loro Piana fashion house and a carbon fiber helmet wrapped in Berluti leather as well as racing shoes and gloves.

Knowing that, most likely, most of these cars will be kept behind locked doors in a controlled environment with pure oxygen, I guess the overalls will be useless – which is a pity considering how much of a beast the 812 Superfast is and how incredible this car must feel on a race track. Only time will tell if some owners will be bold enough to buckle up and head for the Autodromo!

Ferrari Monza SP1 Technical Specification

Engine Type V12 – 65°
Displacement 6.5-liter
Max. power output 810 HP @ 8,500 RPM
Max. torque 530 LB-FT @ 7,000 RPM
Length 183.3 in
Width 78.6 in
Height 43.8 in
Dry weight 3,307 pounds
0-100 km/h 2.9 sec
0-200 km/h 7.9 sec
Max. speed >185 mph

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The new Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 have been unveiled in occasion of the company’s Capital Market’s Day at the factory in Maranello. These limited-edition special-series cars are the first in a new segment called ‘Icone’ and draw inspiration from 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 reference the iconic Ferrari racing barchettas of the past, not least the 1948 166 MM, which originally inspired the name ‘barchetta’, and the 750 Monza and 860 Monza. Designed with the sole aim of winning, these uncompromising models helped build the Ferrari legend in the 1950s by delivering a slew of victories in the World Sports Car Championship.

The Ferrari 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, thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen and a second roll-bar, is instead a two-seater enabling the passenger to share the same driving sensations.

The Monza SP1 and SP2 feature a unique design, the best weight-to-power ratio of any barchetta, thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fibre in construction, and distinctive details, such as head-and tail-lights, wheels and interior, which further enhance the cars’ exclusivity. Equipped with the most powerful engine Maranello has ever built, a 810 cv V12, they can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 7.9 seconds.

The architecture of the two cars 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 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 has sought to create a very 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.

A radical choice was made for the design of the cars’ compact doors which open upwards. Equally important is the all-carbon-fibre one-piece bonnet-wing assembly which is hinged at the front to showcase the imposing V12 engine once open.

As with racing models, the bodyshell of both cars is 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.

Because these are authentic “en plein air” sports cars, one of the greatest challenges in their design was managing the aerodynamic flows inside the cockpit in the absence of a windscreen. The solution was the innovative patented “Virtual Wind Shield” which has been incorporated into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel and the steering wheel. The “Virtual Wind Shield” deviates a part of the air flow to maintain driving comfort.

Especially for Monza SP1 and SP2 owners Ferrari, in collaboration with two 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. These feature a number of technical solutions to guarantee a comfortable fit and ensure freedom of movement while driving.

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