A pure juice Spider
The Ferrari SP51, the latest addition to the Prancing Horse « one-off » family, is the result of the wishes of a long-time Taiwanese customer of the Emilian brand, who was therefore entitled to the honors of privileged customers and selected with great care.
The model is based on the 812 GTS Spider, which in 2019 marked the return to the lineup of a front-engined V12 Spider for over fifty years. It is characterized by the total absence of a roofin order to create a pure roadster which has benefited from in-depth studies to offer optimal aerodynamics and acoustic comfort.
The heart is that of the 812 Superfast: a 6.5-litre twelve-cylinder, with 800 horsepower serving with the right foot. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes less than 3 seconds, in 8.3 seconds you reach 200 km/h, always from a standing start, accompanied by a fabulous soundtrack, which gives a Rossini crescendo. The top speed reaches 340 km/h.
Muscle and shape
The style of the SP51 mixes muscular parts and curved parts but remains quite close to the « classic » production of Ferrari, where other SPs against the P80/C and the BR20 offered more radical designs. According to Ferrari, its shapes are both “modern, sinuous and sensual”, with heavy reliance on bare carbon fiber both outside and in the cabin. The bonnet trim frames the two air vents like claws. The SP51 gets a new, very vivid Rosso Passionale three-coat paint job. This impression is further reinforced by the blue and white livery inspired by the 1955 Ferrari 410 Superamerica, which was powered by the Lampredi 5-litre V12.
At the front, the headlights are still accentuated by this scratch typical of the latest models, but the optics are less aggressive than on the recent SF90 and Purosangue, with a more « round » design. Also noteworthy are the wheels, specific to the car, with carbon fiber fender profiles on each of the spokes, which also feature a refined tone-on-tone diamond finish on the front end.
The rear of the car is dominated by an arched design with the taillights inset under the spoiler. Immediately behind the cabin are two flying buttresses visually softened by two deep carbon fiber scoops. Between these two elements extends a transverse wing in carbon fiber whose profile folds over the buttresses. The effect obtained is vaguely reminiscent of a Targa-type car in which the flying bridge elegantly conceals the anti-roll hoop, a nod to the solution adopted on the Ferrari Sport Prototypes of the early 1960s.
An original interior
The customization resulted in two original choices: using the same Rosso Passionale exterior color as the main color for the Alcantara trim, and extending the longitudinal exterior livery into the cabin. Its white and blue stripe, in fact, appears both on the central tunnel and the fairing between the two seats on the firewall, as well as on the seams of the steering wheel, creating a sense of seamless continuity between the exterior and the interior in which the car’s roadster architecture played a vital role.