The striking Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 were unveiled overnight, taking styling cues from some of the company’s most famous racing cars of the past - the 750 Monza and 860 Monza. They are the first in limited edition series of special edition models dubbed ‘Icona’ that will draw on the prancing horses of the 1950s.
The SP1 is the ultimate driver’s car with only a single-seat, just like the Ferrari racing cars of the ‘50s it takes inspiration from. The SP2 is similar in style but features a two-seat layout and double roll-over bars.
Both cars were designed in-house by the Ferrari design centre, channeling the cars of the past to create a simple, elegant and streamlined shape. There’s no windscreen for either car, so to stop wind rushing into the driver’s (and passenger in the SP2) face Ferrari’s designers developed a ‘virtual wind shield’, which is integrated into the instrument panel and deflects the air around the occupants.
Both models also make extensive use of carbon fibre to keep weight down. Power is handled by the company’s 6.5-litre V12 engine, tuned to produce 603kW of power and 719Nm of torque to enable both the SP1 and SP2 to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 2.9secs.
Ferrari didn’t stop its walk down memory lane at the cars' unveiling, as the company has also developed a range of driving clothes inspired by the 1950s gentleman race car driver. Produced by luxury brands Loro Piana and Berluti the range consists of racing overalls, a jersey, helmet, gloves, scarves and driving shoes.