The Daytona SP3 has the most powerful engine in Ferrari road history – archyde

Have you wondered why Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 have “SP” in their names? It wasn’t because of the number of seats, but because it was the first two cars in the Icona series. The third has just been revealed – it’s Daytona SP3. So it’s called again like the racetrack and again it’s called “SP”.

But the name is not a reference to this Florida circuit. It is more reminiscent of the brand’s famous success at the Daytona 24-hour race in 1967, when Ferrari cars took all three podiums. These were the models 330 P3 / 4, 330 P4 and 412 P.

The designers were inspired by historic Ferrari racing cars – in addition to the aforementioned 350 Can-Am or 512 S. The result is a car without active aerodynamic elements, but also one of the most aerodynamically efficient in history.

There are a large number of vents and ailerons. Even at least two canals lead through incredibly thick doors. One is visible and obviously controls the airflow, the other is hidden and directs the air to the radiators in front of the rear wheels.

Take it for granted that the door is a wing. Speaking of historic cars, the headlights have covers that partially slide into the body. In other words, Ferrari is returning, at least in hint, to the “turn signals” that it last installed on its car on the 456M in 2003.

Ferrari Daytona SP3

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Ferrari’s taillights are also a bit unorthodox. Forget about a pair of circles or two, there is a line on the back. It copies the design of the rest of the back, which is made up of many partitions. The rear end is perhaps the most distinctive design element of the car and possibly the most controversial.

The interior is dominated by blue seats that are not seats in the truest sense of the word – it is the cushions glued in the right places that form the technical basis of the car. The steering wheel and pedals are adjustable, and most of the vehicle’s infotainment functions are controlled by the driver using touch buttons on the steering wheel. Don’t look for the touchscreen here, everything is shown on the display instead of the instrument panel.

Ferrari Daytona SP3

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According to the press release, the position behind the wheel is very similar to that in Formula 1. And thanks to this, the height of the car is only 1142 mm. The monocoque is made of carbon and kevlar and the weight distribution is 44:56 on the front: rear axle.

However, the total weight is not that impressive – the so-called dry weight of 1485 kg, i.e. without operating costs and driver, means an estimated 1.6 tonnes empty weight. Daytona is not that big, it is less than 4.7 meters long and 205 cm wide.

Ferrari Daytona SP3

Photo: Ferrari

Behind the cab works an atmospheric twelve-cylinder with the label F140HC. It has a volume of less than 6.5 liters, with 98 octane gasoline it delivers 840 hp at 9250 rpm and 697 Nm at 7250 rpm. This makes it the most powerful engine in Ferrari history.

It’s an engine from the 812 Competizione, but modified for higher performance and lower emissions – up to 30% for pollutants and particulate matter. It has titanium connecting rods, a Formula 1 valve opening system, infinitely adjustable intake manifold lengths for optimal torque over a wide speed range and two spark plugs per cylinder.

Via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, it drives the rear wheels to one hundred in 2.85 s and a two-stroke in 7.4 s. The maximum speed should be higher than 340 km / h.

Ferrari 330 P4 at the 1967 Dayton 24 Hours

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The Daytona will be available in 599 units and will be legal on roads around the world, unlike the Monza SP1 and SP2 models, which do not have a windshield. It costs two million euros (50.75 million crowns) including taxes.

But do not rush to write a check – all the pieces already have their owners. The carmaker presented the car to them a few days before the public at a private event, with the owners of the SP1 and SP2 models being preferred among those interested.

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