Ferrari’s latest one-off is a roofless V12

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by Ollie Kew | Sep 30, 2022
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The economy is on the slide, winter is fast approaching, and BMW actually thinks the XM isn’t a hideous waste of time and metal. There are many reasons to be un-cheerful at the moment, friends, but here’s a ray of sunshine courtesy of Ferrari’s Special Projects skunkworks. Its latest one-off creation is this: the SP51. 

Commissioned by one of Ferrari’s most loyal Taiwan-based collectors, the SP51 is the answer to the question: ‘What if I wanted an 812 GTS, but with no folding roof whatsoever, and an entirely bespoke body?’ This is the result: a unique V12 roadster with a windscreen (unlike the SP1 and SP2 Monza) but shorn of the weight and complication of a motorized roof.

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Underneath, the SP51 retains the 812’s 6.5-liter, 789hp V12 and running gear, so it’s still a 323kph ear-shredding supercar. Ferrari says it subjected the bodywork to lots of computer testing to make sure it would have no more buffeting or drag than the regular 812.

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Some details for you to drool over, then: the livery is a nod to the 1955 Ferrari 410 S. The rear flying buttresses have a whiff of 599 GTB about them, and the bespoke wheels feature carbon fiber blades on their, um, spokes. Nice.

Inside, it’s redder than a Man Utd fan’s bedroom. There’s swathes of carbon fiber and more nods to that white-blue-white striping, in the stitching, and the center console.

Ferrari doesn’t quote a curb weight or a 0-100kph time and certainly not a price, because that’s not really what the SP cars are about. They’re a way to let Ferrari’s most devoted customers indulge their ultimate Prancing Horse fantasies.

Wonder what they’ll do with the Purosangue?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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