Ferrari Daytona SP3: the supercar born from legendary models

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Back in 1967, at the 24 Hours of Daytona on February 6, Ferrari made one of the greatest achievements in its sporting history– Three cars finished on the podium in the first World Sports Prototype Championship race that year. The 330 P3/4, 330 P4 and 412 P represented as many evolutions of the 330 P3, a model that the team led by engineer Mauro Forghieri managed to improve in each of the three fundamentals of any racing car: engine, chassis and aerodynamics.

The 330 P3/4 embodied it perfectly the spirit of the sports prototypes of the 1960s, decade that is considered the golden age of covered wheel motoring. And it’s clear from its name, that the Ferrari Daytona SP3 is close to that legendary hat-trick and underscores the intention to pay homage to the Ferrari Sport Prototypes that helped the marque enter motorsport legend. The limited edition supercar presented last November at the Mugello international circuit becomes part of the ‘Icon’ segment that already includes the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2.

The details of the Ferrari Daytona SP3

Regarding the design of the car, we can say that it is based on theharmonious juxtaposition of contrasts– Plastic and sensual surfaces alternate with bold lines that recall the preponderant input of aerodynamics in the design of racing cars of the time such as the 330 P4, 350 Can-Am and 512 S.

Even the decision to equip the Ferrari Daytona SP3 with one ‘Targa’ type bodywork with removable hard top, comes from the world of Sports Prototypes. From a technical point of view, the sueprcar is inspired by the refinement of the engineering solutions already adopted in the racing cars of the 1960s. The car is equipped with a naturally aspirated V12 engine in the rear central position, typical architecture of racing cars. This version of the most iconic thermal engine of the House of Maranello is based on 840 horsepower, and in fact it is the most powerful ever produced by Ferrari – 697 Nm of torque and a maximum speed of 9,500 rpm.

And finally, the car has several new features, such as the extraction funnels in the lower part, which make the Ferrari Daytona SP3 the most aerodynamically efficient Red without active appendages produced so far. The supercar gives the driver an injection of acceleration from 0 to 200 km/h in 7.4 seconds and from 0 to 100 in just 2.85 seconds.

supercar styling

As we have said, the Daytona SP3 is inspired by the stylistic language of the racing cars of the 60s, but obviously its forms are modern and original. The plastic power of the car clearly celebrates the volumes of the Sports Prototypes reinterpreted in a contemporary key. Obviously, such an ambitious project required Design Director Flavio Manzoni and the Ferrari Style Center team, whom he guided in stylistic choices based on a precise and carefully considered strategy.

exterior and interior of the car

The Ferrari Daytona SP3’s wraparound windshield cockpit resembles a dome set into a sculpture. The equally sinuous fenders emerge decisively from the figure obtained. The general balance is highlighted by the monolithic aspect of the volumes that communicate the typical manufacturing capacity of the Italian bodywork. What you feel is the sensation of being in front of an object where the fluidity of the masses goes hand in hand with more incisive surfaces, which together create an iconic aesthetic balance, which has always characterized the history of the Maranello company.

An element that cannot be overlooked is the hinged door which, thanks to the integrated air box, channels the air towards the side radiators. The door surface helps control airflow from the wheel well. This surface treatment is related to that of company cars such as the 512 S, which helped create the codes for the Ferrari Daytona SP3.

But the most significant thing is rear three-quarter view, from where the great originality of the Ferrari Daytona SP3 can be appreciated: the door looks like a faceted volume that generates a soft relief dihedral and, together with the powerful muscles of the rear fender, generates an unprecedented sidecut line on the side.

The front of the car sees the presence of two important fenders, divided into an external and an internal section; the latter enters an air duct in the hood, increasing the volumetric perception of the fender. The relationship between the perceived mass of the outer section and the aerodynamic function of the inner section underlines the link between technique and style that distinguishes the supercar.

And now a look at the inside of the Ferrari Daytona SP3, which are also inspired by Ferraris such as the 330 P3/P4, the 312 P and the 350 Can-Am. High-performance chassis, the car has a very careful and refined environment, achieving comfort and refinement worthy of a modern Gran Turismo, albeit with minimal language. Of the Sport Prototypes it has remained the philosophy of certain linguistic codes; An example? The dashboard, pure and functional, despite being totally modern. The characteristic mats that served as seats and that were applied to the chassis of the Sport Prototypes have been transformed, obtaining modern seats.

Then there are the external elements, such as the windscreen, which have positively influenced the interior architecture of the Ferrari Daytona SP3. In side view, the cross section of the roof over the windshield insert defines a vertical plane that divides the passenger compartment into two parts, separating the functional area from the seats. A particular architecture, which lends itself to a double characterization, clearly sporty but very elegant.

The interior of the Ferrari Daytona SP3 aims to ensure the safety of both driver and passenger maximum comfort, using stylistic features characteristic of a racing car. The main idea of ​​the project was the visual expansion of the passenger compartment by creating a clear cut between the front area and the seating area. The two seats are of material continuity and extend their mounts over the doors, recreating the typical functionality of the Sport Prototype. The same extension can also be seen with the doors open, on the brancardi.

The engine of the Ferrari Daytona SP3

We cannot talk about Ferrari without mentioning the power plant. In fact, the car has the most exciting V12 engine on the market, which has been recreated using the 812 Competizione engine as a base; however, it was relocated to the center rear position to optimize intake and exhaust layout as well as efficiency. fluid dynamics. What the company has obtained is the F140HC engine, the most powerful internal combustion engine ever made by Ferrari so far, capable of delivering 840 horsepower and also endowed with an exciting delivery and the overwhelming sound of the Ferrari V12.

The price

The price of the Ferrari Daytona SP3 is therefore higher than the other two cars in the Icona range; the first cars will be delivered to customers at the end of next year. the car will cost €2 million and will be produced in only 599 copies.

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