Are you ready to meet the new Ferrari Daytona SP3?
Daytona is a special name for Ferrari and its huge army of fans. It is synonymous with that exquisite GT of the late 1960s that captivated many.
But the new Ferrari comes to bring back more than just memories. It comes to destroy the tracks again and leave the Ferrari name in a new dimension.
Today we will meet the most authentic Ferrari in decades.
November 20, 2021, will be a date to remember for loyal fans of the Prancing Horse brand, as on that day at the Mugello circuit, Ferrari unveiled the Daytona SP3 to the public.
As part of the “Icona” series, the new limited-edition supercar will be sold to 599 exclusive Ferrari customers for €2 million, about £1.7 million.
Beyond its stunning design, what makes the new Daytona SP3 so appealing, and why is it set to define a new era for Ferrari? Well, in today’s video, we’ll find out.
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Ferrari Daytona SP3 Chapters:
01:44 The inspiration behind the Daytona SP3
02:22 Exterior design
03:37 Interior design
04:09 Power plant
05:08 Technical data
06:18 Final Words
The inspiration behind the Daytona SP3
According to the official Ferrari website, the new Ferrari Daytona SP3 is a tribute to the result of the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona World Sportscar Championship.
Ferrari took the top three positions in a photo finish in that race as revenge on Ford and its GT40s at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
That is why to remember that victory, and the golden years of the sports prototypes of the 60s, Ferrari is launching this beautiful model for the delight of its owners and the “Tifosi” of the Ferrari supporters
Now let’s dig into the features of this jewel on wheels, starting with the exterior design commissioned by Ferrari’s chief designer, Flavio Manzoni.
The base design was taken from the Ferrari 330 P4 race car, and the reason for using that design was simple. Ferrari wanted no influences from modern models on the car. Manzoni himself defined the styling of the Daytona SP3 as: “it is the futuristic interpretation of a classic sports prototype.”
The front end exhibits the characteristic shapes of the sports prototypes of the 1960s, with splitters, a wedge shape, and the classic bubble window. The bonnet air intakes are 100% functional and not an aesthetic gimmick.
Continuing to the sides, we find more functional air intakes to give downforce and cool the huge V12 at the rear. We have butterfly doors to access the spartan interior as a retro touch.
The car’s silhouette continues to the rear, where the huge carbon fibre diffuser stands out for aerodynamic support. The wheels, 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear serve an aerodynamic function to re-circulate air to the sides and reduce drag.
Moving inside, we have a cabin dedicated to performance. The carbon fibre seats are bonded to the car body to reduce weight and give an authentic racing car feel.
The dashboard, covered in fine Alcantara, has the single function of housing the steering wheel, and the instrument display is updated with the latest Ferrari interface systems version.
All in all, the interior has one clear function in mind: no distractions, focus on the track, speed, and power.
The Ferrari Daytona SP3 shares the base platform of the LaFerrari, but Ferrari’s engineers threw out any trace of a hybrid system and fitted an engine taken from old-school Maranello.
Sitting at the back of the driver’s seat is the massive 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine borrowed from the 812 Competizione. The redline was stretched to 9500 rpm, and power increased to 829 hp.
The pistons were redesigned, the titanium connecting rods were lightened, the piston pins were made from a special material called DLC -as in diamond-like carbon- to reduce friction, and the crankshaft was lightened by 3%.
Sliding steel finger followers on its valve springs improve air and fuel flow into the combustion chamber, making throttle response more precise. All these advantages are transmitted to the rear wheels thanks to the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
As a futuristic version of the racing cars of the 1960s, Ferrari spared no expense in applying the same techniques used in the manufacture of authentic modern racing cars.
Talking about carbon fibre OCD, both the chassis and body are made of carbon fibre composites used in aeronautics, similar to those used in the construction of plutonium centrifuges in nuclear reactors.
All engine parts, as well as the interior and wheels, were put on a strict diet to bring the Ferrari Daytona SP3 down to 1485 kilograms, or about 3274 pounds.
Performance-wise, it goes from 0-62 mph in 2.85 seconds and reaches a top speed of 211 mph. The head of Ferrari’s technical division, Michael Leiters, said they could have made it faster, but it was not part of the Icona project’s objectives.
Ironically, the Icona project models were made to bring peace of mind and relaxation. Well, if such a thing is possible at over 200mph aboard the Daytona SP3, count me in on the waiting list.
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