Aston has its continuation models, Porsche has Singer (kind of) and now Ferrari has Icona, its new concept for limited-edition series cars that trade on the company’s rich heritage. Driving both the Ferrari Monza SP2 and SP1 models is a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 that delivers 799 hp at 8,500 rpm and 530 lb-ft (719 Nm) of torque at 7,000 rpm. Think of classic Ferraris of the 1950s coupled with the most advanced sports car technology available today and you pretty much nailed it.
The solution was the innovative patented “Virtual Wind Shield” which has been incorporated into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel and the steering wheel. Built on a new aluminium chassis derived from the 812 Superfast, the pair of Monza models are then clothed in a Kevlar and carbonfibre body that utilises the same production techniques employed by the company’s Formula 1 team. The Ferrari Monza SP1, together with the Monza SP2, are the forerunners in a new concept, known as ‘Icona’ (Icon), that taps into a leitmotif of the most evocative cars in the company’s history to create a new segment of special limited series cars for clients and collectors. It’s safe to say this car’s not for introverts…Ferrari lids donned, and a few tyre-warming throttle squirts later, we’re primed on the start line. Though the two might look very similar to the 812 Superfast on paper (plus 7kW and minus 50kg), it’s what can’t be expressed in a stats box that really sets them apart.Differences are apparent from the moment you lay eyes upon the car; a long, V12-cocooning bonnet only accentuated by the complete lack of a roof or windscreen, and dual roll hoop-housing buttresses sitting behind both driver and passenger, inspired by the 750 and 860 Monzas of the 1950s.The name ‘Special Project’ is no exaggeration, as with a pull of the leather loop just inside, and a simultaneous, gentle upward motion, up come the exceedingly lightweight carbonfibre doors. What they’ll miss out on though, is an experience that puts you as close to one of the best powerplants ever made as anyone can get, and one that you simply won’t find anywhere else.Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you.
The Ferrari Monza SP2 is part of their Icona line of vehicles that will celebrate Ferrari's legendary race car heritages. The driver’s selection includes racing overalls, jersey, helmet, gloves, scarf and driving shoes. The carbon body is 15 per cent lighter than that of the coupe and uses 20 square metres of the lightweight material. It’s also 25mm wider.
The absence of a roof also required the design and development of a ‘virtual windshield’ positioned ahead of the cockpit designed to deflect airflow over the driver.Access to the Monza’s carbon-clad interior is via a pair of small dihedral doors, and whether you opt for the single or two-seater layout a carbon brace bisects the cockpit. Both the SP1 and SP2 are powered by the 812’s 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, but with the help of variable inlet ducts and a recalibration of the ECU. It’s also 25mm wider. There’s also a new unique design of lighter 21-inch forged wheels.In terms of performance, Ferrari claims 0-100kmh in 2.9sec, and 0-200kmh in 7.9sec, with a top speed in excess of 290kmh.The Monza’s design was driven by a ‘single stroke of the pencil’ theory, drawing inspiration from its historic predecessors, but specifically referencing these old models and turning it into a sort of retro pastiche.Being bespoke, the body of the Monza required a unique LED headlight design to fit within the new front-hinged single-piece clamshell bonnet. Both the SP1 and SP2 are equipped with the most powerful engine Maranello has ever built; a 810 cv V12 that can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 7.9 seconds. Of course, tyre smoke is mandatory at the start of any Goodwood hill climb, but despite the initial, deliberate loss of traction, speed picks up frighteningly quickly before the first corner, the SP2 seemingly accelerating exponentially with every pull of the right paddle. The The Special and Icona lineups should make up about 5% of Ferrari’s sales by 2022 with the Sport models bringing in 50% of the sales and the GTs responsible for the 40% although I reckon they’ll see the GT segment tip the scale once the SUV is introduced…For now, though, we’ve got time to savor the Monzas and hope the deadly reputation of the original 50’s sports car, in which Formula 1’s first two-time world champion Alberto Ascari died at the Monza circuit, doesn’t pass on.Knowing that, most likely, most of these cars will be kept behind locked doors in a controlled environment with pure oxygen, I guess the overalls will be useless – which is a pity considering how much of a beast the 812 Superfast is and how incredible this car must feel on a race track.
A predictably useful grab handle (which can double as a water bottle holder) is mounted on the central tunnel too, and there’s also a map holder for when reminiscing about the Mille Miglia doesn’t quite cut it.Out of the Supercar Paddock and through the crowds of camera-wielding onlookers we go then, without a roof, or a windscreen, in a £1.5m ($2.7m AUD) Special Project Ferrari. This means two humps, two “Virtual Windshields” and an increased dry weight of 3,351 pounds. ... the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2, are nearly identical, except the SP2 has room for … The carbon body is 15 per cent lighter than that of the coupe and uses 20 square metres of the lightweight material. Ferrari has shown off the dramatic Monza SP2 limited-run special at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, marking the car's dynamic debut ahead of customer deliveries.. In this particular car (the very first production SP2), stunning red leather seats complete with four-point harnesses are home for the run.