The Icona series of cars from ferrari they are among some of the best ever made by the Italian brand. Specially commissioned models draw inspiration from iconic Ferrari models of the past and combine this with the most advanced technology available. The Daytona SP3 is the third car in the series, after the Monza SP1 and SP2.
The Daytona SP3 has a lot going for it, from a powerful naturally aspirated engine to exclusivity and innovative aerodynamics. Here are 10 reasons why we love this amazing car.
10 It is a limited production car
Production of the Ferrari Daytona SP3 is limited to 599 examples. Even though all models have now been sold, the car isn’t cheap, retailing for just $2.3 million.
Unfortunately, the rarity and price mean that many of these SP3s will likely remain museum pieces, seen but never driven.
9 Large engine is naturally aspirated
In the engine bay, and at the heart of this car, is a glorious 6.5-liter V12, naturally aspirated power plant. Called “F140HC”, the unit is the most powerful engine ever built by Ferrari, with a whopping 830hp. As a result, the car can go from 0 to 60mph in just 2.9 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 211mph.
Motors like this must surely now be an increasingly rare beast in the future. With the move to electric vehicles and ever-tightening emission standards, we should celebrate this masterpiece while we can.
8 It’s a tribute to race winners
The Daytona SP3 was built primarily to pay homage to the 330 P3/4, 330 P4, and 412 P race cars that won the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
Taking P1, P2 and P3, Ferrari put in a dominant performance against its closest rival Ford.
7 His style has a historical influence
The car’s design and styling influences were taken from the successful drag racing cars of the 1960s.
Like the Ferrari 330 P3/4, the Daytona SP3 features a wraparound windscreen that nods to the past. In addition to the 1967 winning cars, the SP3’s design was based on the 12 S, 712 Can-AM, and 312 P racing prototypes.
6 There’s a glorious targa roof
A great feature of the Daytona SP3 is its removable roof panel. When a convertible driving experience is desired, the “Targa top” glass panel roof can simply be removed.
Due to the design of the roof, it is not possible to install a standard rear view mirror. As an alternative, a video display system is used to allow users to get a view of what is happening behind.
5 Underneath is a LaFerrari chassis
Ferrari chose to use the chassis of the iconic LaFerrari to form the basis of the Daytona SP3. Let’s be fair, if you had to select a chassis to mod, using one as slick as the LaFerrari’s is instantly setting you up for success.
To be specific, the Daytona SP3 uses the LaFerrari Aperta chassis, and this is one of the reasons the car sports the impressive Targa roof.
4 It is based on passive aerodynamics
One of Ferrari’s main goals with the Daytona SP3 was to produce a car that looked as stylish as possible. To achieve this, the brand wanted to avoid large and obvious external aerodynamic parts.
In this sense, the car does not have an imposing rear spoiler, but instead directs the flow of air around the car, channeling it through the floor. The butterfly doors are also a functional feature and act as air intakes that vent the engine’s cooling system. Air passes through a slot at the bottom of the door, helping it to flow around the car’s silhouette. The rear of the car sports a Ferrari Testarossa-style horizontal slat arrangement, something not seen on a modern Ferrari. These are constructed from lightweight carbon fiber and hide several vents that expel excess heat.
3 The interior is truly unique
While the interior shares many design features with other modern Ferraris. Many of the car’s controls are located on the steering wheel, meaning they are within easy reach when the driver needs to make a change. The interior of the SP3 has some amazing features, like a “closed manual”-inspired gear selector.
There’s even a key slot mounted on the center transmission tunnel, and this helps show off the rearing horse design. One of the most striking aspects of the interior is the new ‘one piece’ molded and bonded seat, which is fixed in only one position. Interestingly, buyers must select a seat size and how reclined they’d like at the time of ordering. Just like a race car, the pedal box and steering wheel can be adjusted to help ensure drivers can reach the controls.
two It is exceptionally light
In addition to the powerful engine, a lightweight design helps make the Daytona SP3 the fastest car possible. A major contributor to the car’s low weight is its extensive use of carbon fiber. From the body panels to the monocoque bathtub, the car uses the material in abundance. Weighing in at around 3,274 pounds, the car is very light for its class, and while there are lighter cars out there, considering design and styling, it stacks up well.
The integral seat design is another feature that helps keep weight down by eliminating the need for a separate backrest. The lack of a hybrid system and batteries also has a positive effect on weight savings.
1 F1 technologies are used
The car’s chassis is exclusively made of highly technical materials. Some of the specialized construction techniques were last used during the construction of the legendary LaFerrari.
Like a Formula One car, most components have undergone some level of advanced engineering. To this extent, titanium and carbon fiber have been widely used.