Ferrari Daytona SP3, a tribute to the 330 P3

This weekend on the occasion of the Finali Mondiali at Mugello, the Prancing Horse unveiled the Ferrari Daytona SP3, a limited edition Targa which, although it has just come out of the Maranello factory, has a racing pedigree well established that dates back to Ferrari’s golden years, the 1960s.

The mid-engined Ferrari Daytona SP3 seems born for the track. The naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine that sits right behind the driver’s head is the most powerful internal combustion engine Ferrari built to date, delivering 840hp, capable of catapulting the car from 0 to 100km / h in 2 « 85 and from 0 to 200km / h in 7 » 4, the maximum speed: 340km / h.

The Ferrari that pays homage to the Daytona hat-trick

The Ferrari Daytona SP3 is the second addition to the Icona series, a program designed to celebrate Ferrari history by reinterpreting the timeless style of the brand’s most iconic cars for a radically modern effect, using the latest materials and technologies. most innovative available today.

The Monza SP1 and SP2 were the first incarnations of the program in 2018, however, while these cars evoke the alluring images of the Ferrari barchettas of the 1950s, the new Ferrari Daytona SP3 takes inspiration from the spirit of the Sports Prototypes of the 1960s. , a decade now considered the golden age of GT sedan racing and a lasting benchmark for generations of engineers and designers.

Although several iconic Ferraris have clearly influenced the design of the Ferrari Daytona SP3, most notably the 350 Can Am and the 512, it is perhaps the 330 P3 that has the most rights not only on the design, but also on the name itself.

The « Ferrari Daytona SP3 » badge is a direct nod to the now legendary 1967 24 Hours of Daytona victory, when Ferrari achieved one of the most spectacular feats in its racing history with the cars that crossed the checkered flag almost side by side for a finish and a hat-trick on Ford’s field. In first position, a 330 P3 / P4, in second position a 330 P4 and in third position a 412 P.

The soul of the Ferrari Daytona SP3

The 6.5-liter 65 ° atmospheric V12 F140HC V12 is based on the unit of the 812 Competizione, but features a number of intake and exhaust focused updates, aided by its move to a position rear median. The heat engine is the most powerful ever built by Ferrari producing 840 hp at 9,250 rpm and 697 Nm of torque at 7,250 rpm, with a rev limiter at 9500 rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear axle via a faster 7-speed dual-clutch F1 gearbox using a limited slip differential.

The hypercar could share its carbon-fiber monocoque with LaFerrari, but ditch the hybrid powertrain for a more traditional recipe. Both the chassis and the bodywork are made entirely of composite materials (aeronautical composites, Kevlar, carbon fiber, etc.), for the lowest possible weight (1,485 kg).

Inside, fixed seats are an integral part of the cabin, above the center tunnel and extending over the side sills with brightly colored padding to match the surrounding trim. This design is inspired by the racing cars of the 60s where the driver was seated on cushions directly attached to the chassis. Indeed, the driving position is lower and more inclined compared to other Ferrari models, similar to that of a single-seater.

The instrument panel has a minimalist look with suede upholstery and a 16-inch curved digital instrument panel incorporating infotainment. The steering wheel is quite similar to that of La Ferrari and integrated buttons allow the driver to access 80% of the vehicle’s functions without taking their hands off them.

Finally, like the previous Icona models, the SP3 Daytona will be a limited edition. Ferrari will manufacture 599 copies, each costing 2 million euros plus local taxes. However, Autonews reports that Ferrari Marketing and Sales Director Enrico Galliera said the 499 Monzas owners also decided to buy the Daytona SP3, while the remaining 100 were sold to a « select » group. of Ferrari collectors, so that all copies are already sold.

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