This is the Ferrari SP38: the latest creation from Maranello’s One-Off programme. Designed by the Ferrari Design Centre and based on the running gear of the 488 GTB, the transformation is so comprehensive, it looks like an entirely new model.
The bespoke supercar was handed over to one of Ferrari’s most loyal customers at Fiorano, where it was immediately put through its paces in a series of hot laps. On this evidence, the SP38 is unlikely to be locked away in an air-conditioned garage – this one is for driving.
Ferrari afficiandoes will notice a few subtle nods to the brand’s heritage, including a bumper lip reminiscent of the 308 GTB, along with a tip of the hat to the F40’s rear wing in the form of the rear spoiler. Note also the louvred carbon fibre engine cover, which replaces the rear glass in honour of Ferrari’s 40th anniversary icon.
Further highlights include wafer-thin inset headlights, reolocated daytime running lights, and a profile that’s more wedge-shaped than the 488 GTB. The client – who is said to have a “deep passion for racing” – must be delighted with the result. To quote Altabani in The Italian Job, it’s a pretty car.
Public debut at Villa d’Este
Ferrari hasn’t confirmed whether any mechanical changes have been made, but we’d expect the SP38 to retain the same twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine as the 488 GTB. In standard guise, the engine produces 661hp, but this can be increased to 710hp in track-focused Pista specification.
Sadly, there are no images of the Tailor-Made interior, so we’ll have to wait until the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on 26 May for the full public reveal.
Ferrari’s One-Off programme is open to Maranello’s best and most important clients, and available via invitation only. A car such as the SP38 can take years to create and involve a great deal of input from the client. The final price is undisclosed, but you should bank on spending a few million pounds, should you get the call from Ferrari.