Ferrari Daytona SP3 presented with 829 hp V12 mid-engine

And now there are three. Three years after the debut of the Monza SP1 and SP2, the first cars to be produced under the bespoke Icona brand, Ferrari has launched its third special: the Daytona SP3, the most powerful pure-combustion Ferrari road car ever.

In homage to what Ferrari calls “one of the most spectacular feats in its entire history” when it finished the one-two-three at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona, the newest member of the Icona family is a mix of these top three racers: the first placed 330 P3 / 4, the 330P4 the second placed and the third placed 412P.

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In contrast to the front-engined Monza models, the Daytona SP3 is based on a mid-engined carbon fiber platform rather than an adaptation to an existing model, and at its core the centerpiece is an evolution of the majestic 6.5-liter V12 engine of the 812 Competizione. which had a gentle tickle, which led to an increase in performance to 829 hp, 10 hp on a Competizione.

The F140HC V12 is another adaptation of Competizione’s F140HB unit, which means it benefits from 40 percent lighter titanium connecting rods, low-friction coated pistons, new cylinder heads and slide rocker arms to replace the regular parts of the 812 Superfast. There is also the new intake manifold of the Competizione and a crank that is three percent lighter.

New fuel pumps, two of them, injection and ignition systems are also taken over by the Comp, as is a new oil pump. With some changes to the car’s ECU, it generates its 829 horsepower peak power at 9250 rpm and adds 4 lb ft of torque, now 514 lb ft, developing at 7250 rpm, 250 rpm higher than the car from which it borrows its engine. Dry it weighs 2 pounds less at 1485 pounds and goes 62 mph in 2.85 seconds, 120 mph in 7.4 seconds, and goes to over 211 mph, according to Comp, despite being 0.05 seconds for the boast faster to 62 mph is …

Ferrari’s seven-speed dual clutch maintains rear-wheel drive and is used with a set of bespoke Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires specially designed for the Daytona. The Slip Slide Control 6.1 software is used instead of the latest version 7.0 installed on the Competizione. There’s also no mention of the equipment of Ferrari’s Virtual Wheelbase 3.0 software, which debuted on the track-oriented comp and which allows the software to turn each rear wheel individually depending on the situation.

The carbon fiber chassis on which the SP3 is built has a weight distribution of 44/55. At 20 inches in diameter, the front wheels are an inch smaller than the rear axles, and the front Pirelli is 265 wide (the rear 380) compared to the Competizione’s 275 Michelin Cup 2R tires.

Since this is an Icona car, the Daytona’s performance is only part of the offer. Its design is just as impressive as the prospect of a mid-engined V12 Ferrari spinning at 9500 rpm is alluring and more than intimidating.

There is a hint of SF90 on the nose, but the rest of the Daytona SP3’s design is bespoke and quite stunning, if not to everyone’s taste. It’s a Targa body with butterfly doors that open and slide out in a dihedral shape that also houses a fairly large receptacle in its top to power the V12. With the exterior mirrors, which are positioned on top of the front fenders, the concept conveys a 1960s feeling, especially with the surrounding windscreen.

The exterior of the SP3 is pure aerodynamic function paired with an outrageously bold and distinctive design shape, especially when looking at the horizontal blades that extend across the width of the car at the rear. The purely carbon fiber design means that any weather driving will be a far tastier experience than its Monza relatives.

While the Daytona is inspired by the aforementioned 1967 winners, the design is inspired by a wider range of Ferrari’s iconic sports racing cars, including the 512 S, 712 Can-AM and 312 P.

Underneath that body is enough aerodynamic engineering to pin it to the ceiling, with flat floors, vortex generators, diffusers and venturis all made from the same carbon fiber used by Ferrari’s F1 team.

Inside you will find a pair of chairs attached to the carbon tub and an HMI unit and instrument display familiar to anyone who has sat in an SF90. Deeply shaped doors convey a sense of space inside and an adjustable pedal box addresses the problem of a tight fit. And remember, over your shoulder is an 829 hp naturally aspirated V12 engine that spins at 9250 rpm.

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As with the Monza, the production of the new Daytona SP3 is limited, this time to 599 units, 100 more than the combined number of both Monza models, as this Icona car is homologated for worldwide road use, which means that collectors, excused drivers, are in the United States The States will be able to add a Ferrari Icona model to their collections.

It won’t be cheap and will cost € 2m including local taxes in Italy which is over £ 2m in the UK. Although all cars are already assigned to customers, Monza customers offered a car first, followed by those who missed markets where the first Icona cars were not registered for sale.

The first Daytona SP3s are expected to ship before the end of 2022, with Ferrari assuming it will take two years to build and deliver all 599 copies. However, when Ferrari enters the hypercar class in the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship from 2023, a limited-edition tribute to its most spectacular motorsport accomplishments will make for decent business.

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