If you have vast enough sums of cash lying around, you don’t have to do anything mundane as pick a Ferrari from the current range you want to buy. Go through the company’s Special Projects team, and you can create what you like, within reason.
Its latest one-off, bespoke creation is called the SP-8. It uses the F8 Tributo as a base but with a new, open-cockpit body draped over that car’s innards. Best check the weather forecast before heading out for a drive.
The new front end features unpainted carbon fibre which wraps around the side of the car to the rear creating a two-tone look to the whole thing. There’s also a full-width aluminium grille made using a 3D-printed mould, while the headlights are modified F8 clusters.
At the other end, you’ll find tweaked rear light clusters from the Ferrari Roma. And with no pesky folding roof to worry about, the designers were able to go to town on the rear deck, which features “longitudinal elements that reference the lateral strakes typical of Ferraris of the past.”
That’s not the only historical reference here, though, as the five-spoke wheels are said to take inspiration from several Ferrari sports prototype racers, and the F40. The overall shape is pretty similar, but these rims are more sculpted and include “large apertures” with the aim of reducing weight.
Inside, there’s a modified centre console, lashings of laser-etched, navy blue Alcantara, and splashes of yellow.
As far as we know, the F8’s 3.9-litre, 488 Pista-derived twin-turbo V8 hasn’t been fiddled with. But then again, since it packs 710bhp and is capable of punting the F8 from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, it was hardly crying out for modification.
Although this car is one exceedingly rich man’s plaything, there will be a chance for the public to get a close-up look. The SP-8 will be at Mugello Circuit from 24 October until the conclusion of the Finali Mondiali Ferrari 2023, and from 16 November until March 2024, it’ll be hanging around the Ferrari Museum in Maranello.