Ferrari launches the Daytona SP3, paying homage to one of the marque’s most significant track wins in its storied history.
This might be a bit before your time but on February 6, 1967, Ferrari pulled off one of the most spectacular feats in its entire history when it took the top three places at the 24 Hours of Daytona in the first round of that year’s International World Sports Car Championship. The three cars that shot past the chequered flag in that legendary side-by-side finish on Ford’s home turf – in first place a 330 P3/4, in second a 330 P4, and in third a 412 P – represented the pinnacle of development of the Ferrari 330 P3. Now, Ferrari pays homage to the prototypes of the 1960s as well as its own racing legacy with the Daytona SP3, a limited-edition Targa.
The Daytona SP3’s design is a harmonious interplay of contrasts, sublimely sculptural, voluptuous surfaces alternating with the kind of sharper lines that revealed the burgeoning importance of aerodynamics in the design of racers such as the 330 P4, 350 Can-Am, and 512 S. The bold choice of a ‘Targa’ body with a removable hardtop was also inspired by the sports prototype world: consequently, the Daytona SP3 not only delivers exhilarating driving pleasure but also usable performance.
From a technical perspective, the Daytona SP3 takes its inspiration from the sophisticated engineering solutions already adopted in racing in the 1960s. Its naturally-aspirated V12, mid-rear-mounted engine delivers 840 cv – making it the most powerful engine ever built by Ferrari – along with 697 Nm of torque and maximum revs of 9500 rpm.
The chassis is built entirely from composite materials using Formula 1 technologies that have not been seen in a road car since the LaFerrari, Maranello’s last supercar. In fact, the seat is an integral part of the chassis to reduce weight and guarantee the driver a driving position similar to that of a competition car.
Thanks to unprecedented features, such as chimneys that extract low-pressure air from the underbody, the Daytona SP3 is also the most aerodynamically efficient car ever built by Ferrari without resorting to active aero devices. Because of the clever integration of these technical innovations, the car can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 2.85s and from zero to 200km/h in just 7.4s, ensuring exhilarating performance, an extreme set-up, and the intoxicating V12 soundtrack delivers completely unparalleled driving pleasure.
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