The Ferrari You Will Want But Probably Never Get
Automologist MAC is pining for these new Ferraris but this is one wish that won’t come true for him.
The new Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2.
Ferrari has unveiled a delectable pair of retro-looking cars that are targeted at an elite class of dedicated collectors; this means that mere mortals like me will never ever get to own one, but they will no doubt become the bedroom wall poster of choice for pre-adolescent boys the world over.
The pair is being called the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 (or the Monzas) and the name is a reference to the 750 Monza and 860 Monza sports racers of the 1950s, which helped to build the reputation of Ferrari when it dominated the World Sports Car Championships. The production run for each will be limited to just 500 units and only sold to eligible customers, by which we take it to mean those who already have a history of Ferrari ownership and thus will be adding these rare beasties to a collection of (probably) significant Ferraris.
Top view of the anti-social Monza SP1.
Keeping the brand’s vehicles scarce has always been a part of the Ferrari philosophy and the late great Enzo Ferrari used to maintain that you should always build one fewer car than you can sell. The late Sergio Marchionne continued this plan and, before he somewhat untimely shuffled off his mortal coil, had began the planning for a series of low volume highly profitable limited editions.
The SP2 arrives in style if a little windswept.
The Monza SP1 is a radical design with just one seat that will probably appeal to those with fewer friends than they have cars. The SP2 is a little more friendly with two seats but, like the SP1, is not going to be offered with a roof, not even a retractable one. Which does mean that you will arrive looking somewhat windswept and weather beaten….or even wet.
The SP1, designed for those without friends.
The SP2 for those with that special someone…
Both cars are based on the top-of-the-range 812 Superfast model (still think that name is pretty stupid) which of course has its engine at the front and the 6.5-litre V12 is capable of putting out 789bhp when you spin it up. The current 812s have a top speed of about 330kph and a 0-100kph of just 2.9 seconds. The Monzas will likely get performance upgrades that will probably make them quicker, but they will be significantly lighter, giving a better power to weight ratio.
The chassis will be a direct lift from the 812 and, like those of other performance sports cars, made from aluminium. The super sexy swooping bodywork, though, will be all carbon fibre. The doors will lift up to open and the front bonnet will be hinged at the front, rather like the old Jag E-Type, so you can show off your new toy’s engine, should you so wish.
If you buy one, you will of course be getting more than just a car. New owners will also get a racing suit designed by Loro Piani, an Italian luxury brand, and a pair of shoes and headgear from Italian leather maker Berlutti, and of course being an open-top car, you will need the headgear, regardless of how much of a dork you will look like whilst wearing it.
The Automology team is ready for the test drives.
So, my chances of even seeing one of these cars are slight and the prospect of ever driving one is negligible; usually, whenever I am asked to join a club, I oft quote Groucho Marx: “I would never join a club that would have me as a member.”
However, this is one club that I would dearly love to join…..pleeeeeaaaaassssssse.