Ferrari Daytona SP3 2022: tribute, exoticism and power
Ferrari created a hypercar produced in 599 copies to pay tribute to its first 3 places during the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1967 with the design of the Daytona SP3 2022. The marriage of historic design and the power of a modern V12.
At Ferrari, we never do things like other manufacturers. Not only do we produce exceptional cars like the brand’s “hypercars”, the limited production versions, but we also fall into another sphere, accessible to very few. In order to make more Ferrari enthusiasts dream, the manufacturer took advantage of the Ferrari Finali Mondiali festivities on the Mugello circuit to unveil the Ferrari Daytona SP3 2022, a targa coupe.
55 years ago
With this racing car, Ferrari takes a look at one of the most important moments in its racing history. 54 years ago, in 1967, Ferrari came to beat Ford in America, more precisely at the 24 Hours of Daytona. It was then that with the 330 P3 / 4, 330 P4 and 412 P, Ferrari won the first 3 steps of the podium. Therefore, the design of the Daytona SP3 is part of the ultra exclusive list of cars of the Icona series where we also find the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2.
Join a prestigious lineage
The design is striking at first glance. This Daytona SP3 is in line with the F40, F50, Enzo and LaFerrari. However, in the case of the SP3, there are a lot of design cues from the past. If you start from the front, the retractable headlights are a reminder of the F40 while being decidedly more modern and fully LED. Underneath these, Ferrari incorporates prominent aerodynamic fins, this time inspired by the 330 P4. Still compared to the racing cars of the 1960s, the fenders, both at the front and at the rear, are particularly domed.
Break with its predecessors
In profile, the show continues with an air intake just behind the front fender and at the base of the window frame. This approach is unique in that these outlets are usually behind doors, not in front. While its predecessors, perhaps with the exception of the F50, were very angular, the SP3 is only flexible in the lines. It is particularly striking in the configuration of the bottom of the doors and the rear wing, one sees there there of the 512 S of 1969-1970. As for the rims, they make a nod to the other SP with its 5 arms. Note that Pirelli has developed P Zero Corsa tires specifically for the SP3.
The legendary 412 P
The most significant, and certainly polarizing, historical reminder is found at the rear. Of all the characteristics of the 330 P3 / 4, 330 P4 and 412 P, the rear axle of the 412 P stands out the most with its horizontal stripes. To ensure affiliation, the concept is taken up for SP3. At the top of all, just like the SP1 and SP2, the very thin single light fits discreetly. In the center, we discover the two exhaust pipes which overhang a huge carbon fiber diffuser. To top it off, the metal and glass engine cover hides the mighty V12.
Simplicity and fixed seats
Inside, it is a tradition at Ferrari for “hypercars” to play with simplicity. This is the case with the Daytona SP3. Once again, we draw inspiration from the 1960s with a fixed “single” seat. The two courses are joined in the center, above the transmission tunnel. The steering wheel covers the management of 80% of the on-board controls. In order to be up to date, the 16-inch instrumentation is completely digital. The cover is in leather, alcantara, aluminum and, of course, carbon fiber.
From LaFerrari and 812 Competizione
Obviously, the Daytona SP3 is made almost entirely of carbon fiber and light metals. However, it should be noted that its unibody design comes directly from the LaFerrari. The architecture is the same, but we do not share the engine. In fact the SP3 turns to the 6.5-liter V12 F140HC from the 812 Competizione. The basis is the same, but due to the rear center position of the V12, the power supply and exhaust had to be completely overhauled by the engineers. On balance, horsepower peaks at 829 horsepower at 9,250 rpm, and torque at 514 lb-ft at 7,250 rpm. All the cavalry go strictly to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. In terms of performance, the 0 to 100 km / hour is completed in 2.85 seconds, the 0 to 200 km / hour in 7.4 seconds and the top speed is limited to 340 km / hour.
The misery of millionaires
Ferrari will produce only 599 units of the Daytona SP3 2022. Each of them will have a starting price of 2 million euros, or about 2.85 million in Canadian currency if one relies on the exchange rate of the day. As is always the case with these highly exclusive cars, Ferrari has already contacted its list of loyal and wealthy customers. The 599 copies are already all sold. In particular, the 499 owners, including chef Gordon Ramsey, of one or the other of the Monza SP1 or SP2, have all also opted for an SP3. There were only 100 left for “Group B” of Ferrari owners!