Ferrari Daytona SP3 – a new icon in the Italian manufacturer’s range

At the Mugello track, Ferrari presented its latest creation – the Daytona SP3 model. This is the third construction, next to the Monza SP1 and SP2, that was created as part of the unique Ferrari Icona series, referring to the legendary sports prototypes from the 1960s.

Ferrari Daytona SP3 – a reference to the 1960s

The latest model is named after one of the most spectacular feats in Ferrari history, with the Italian manufacturer taking the top three places in the Daytona 24 Hours race. He crossed the finish line first 330 P3 / 4, second place 330 P4 and third 412 P. The winning model of this memorable race for Ferrari fully reflects the spirit of sports cars of the 1960s – a time now considered golden an era of racing and a benchmark for many designers and engineers.

The creators of the Ferrari Daytona SP3 tried to make this model a harmonious play of contrasts, with subtly sculpted surfaces that harmonize with sharp lines. The whole reflects the growing importance of aerodynamics in the design of racing cars such as the 330 P4, 350 Can-Am and 512 S. Another interesting solution is the use of a targa body with a removable hardtop, which is another example of inspiration from the world of sports prototypes. Thanks to this, the Daytona SP3 combines driving pleasure with utility values.

The most powerful naturally aspirated engine in the history of Ferrari

Of course, what is crucial in the case of cars such as the Ferrari Daytona SP3 is the drive. Right behind the seats, Italian engineers placed the 6.5-liter V12 from the 812 Competizione, which is without doubt the most iconic unit among all Maranello designs. The motor develops 840 hp – making it the most powerful naturally aspirated engine in Ferrari history – and delivers 697 Nm of torque, with a maximum speed of 9,500 rpm.

The chassis is also a real masterpiece. This is made of composites using Formula 1 technology that has not been used in road cars since the LaFerrari, the last Maranello supercar. Interestingly, the seats are an integral part of the chassis, which allows to reduce the weight of the entire car and additionally guarantees the driver a position behind the wheel similar to that in high-performance cars.

Designed with particular attention to aerodynamics

Italian designers approached the subject of aerodynamics with great care, which is understandable, for example, because the Ferrari Daytona SP3 was inspired by cars in which this aspect played an important role. Thanks to non-standard solutions, incl. through special tunnels that expel low-pressure air from under the chassis, the latest model has become the most aerodynamically efficient design in Ferrari history without active components.

All of this translates into performance. The Ferrari Daytona SP3 accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in just 2.85 seconds, and the first 200 km / h in 7.4 seconds. Top speed is 340 km / h, but what makes even more impression, even during driving slower is the pure V12 sound.

About Eric Wilson

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