New mid-engined Ferrari Daytona SP3 packs 829bhp V12

Hallowed Daytona nameplate revived for Ferrari’s most powerful pure-combustion car

The latest access right into Ferrari’s ultra-exclusive Icona version collection is the Daytona SP3, a limited-run mid-engined V12 roadster that commemorates among the business’s best-known motorsport triumphes.

It’s called in reference to the 1967 24 hr of Daytona, at which Ferrari attained a one-two-three do with its fabulous 330 P3/4, 330 P4 as well as 412 P racers– a highlight of what Ferrari calls “the golden age of shut wheel racing and also a long-lasting referral point for generations of designers and also designers”.

Ferrari will certainly construct 599 examples– 100 more units than the Monza duo– priced at EUR2 million (₤ 1.68 m) including taxes. Priority will certainly go to owners of the SP1 and SP2, with distributions getting underway in late 2022, and also unlike those 2 speedster versions– which are not roadway lawful in specific regions due to the absence of a windscreen– Ferrari says the SP3 is street-legal almost everywhere.

The Daytona SP3 is the very first road-going Ferrari to feature a mid-mounted 12-cylinder engine because the LaFerrari crossbreed hypercar bowed out in 2018, and also with the result of the 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 increased to 829bhp and also 514lb ft, it’s one of the most effective non-electrified design that Maranello has actually yet created.

Engine upgrades over the 812 Competizione encompass a changed consumption and also exhaust (for an “unbelievable soundtrack”), lightweight titanium conrods, reduced-friction piston pins as well as a lighter, rebalanced crankshaft.

Mated to a quicker-shifting version of the 812 Competizione’s seven-speed automated transmission, the V12 promises a “torque contour that rises quickly” completely up to its 9500rpm redline, giving a 0-62mph time of 2.85 sec and a top speed of 211mph making the Daytona SP3 the joint-fastest Ferrari road vehicle yet.

The referrals to 1960s race cars extend beyond the mechanicals, with the Daytona SP3 having a typically aerodynamically optimised style that mixes components of Ferrari’s historic designs with signs from existing designs.

The low-set wraparound windshield, for instance, draws a noticeable link to the P3/4, while the “double-crested” front wings nod to sports models like the 512 S, 712 Can-Am as well as 312 P.

Meanwhile, a relocating panel in the centre of the front bumper is a homage to the pop-up fronts lights that were once popular on supercars.

The side mirrors sit atop the front wings in an additional retro-inspired flourish that boosts both air flow and presence, while airboxes integrated right into the butterfly doors channel air to the side-mounted radiators.

At the back, the Daytona SP3 is noticeably distinguished from various other modern Ferraris by a special pile of ‘blades’ under the wraparound light bar, which is claimed to lend “a look that’s both futuristic as well as a nod to trademarks from Ferrari’s DNA”.

Ferrari says the Daytona SP3 is one of the most aerodynamically efficient roadway car that it has actually yet built without the aid of energetic aerodynamic aspects.

The retro-futuristic design motif continues inside the cabin, elements of which are modelled on previous race vehicles but which intends to give improvement comparable with a common modern-day grand tourer.

The seats are incorporated right into the bodyshell, instead of mounted directly on the chassis, as in classic auto racing prototypes, however Ferrari has actually aimed to offer a likewise “tight” driving atmosphere.

The vehicle driver and passenger rest reduced as well as even more reclined than in any other road-going Ferrari (the firm also compares the position to a single-seater’s), meaning the car is simply 1142mm high, as well as therefore drag is reduced.

With light-weight composite products used for the shell, chassis and also certain bodywork components, the Daytona SP3 considers only 1485kg completely dry, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 558bhp per tonne, while the mid-engined format allows optimised weight distribution in between the axles.

A collection of Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres created especially for the Daytona SP3 enhance stability in reduced grasp circumstances, and Ferrari’s brand-new Dynamic Booster function controls pressure on the brake calipers throughout difficult cornering to optimize yaw angle.