New mid-engined Ferrari Daytona SP3 Icona supercar unveiled

Posted on Nov 21, 2021 1:15:00 PM

Ferrari has relaunched the iconic Daytona nameplate for its most powerful pure combustion car to date.

The last entry in Ferrari‘s The ultra-exclusive Icona model series is the Daytona SP3, a limited-series mid-engined V12 roadster that pays homage to one of the company’s most famous victories in motorsport.

  • Daytona SP3 pays homage to 330 P3, 330 P4 and 512 S racing cars
  • Only 599 units will be built
  • Uses an 840 hp 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine

Ferrari Daytona SP3: what is it?

Its name refers to the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona, in which Ferrari achieved a double with its legendary 330 P3, 330 P4 and 512 S – a highlight of what Ferrari calls “the golden age of wheel racing. closed. and a lasting point of reference for generations of engineers and designers ”.

Ferrari will build 599 units – 100 units more than the Monza duo – at a price of 2 million euros (around Rs 16.77 crore). Priority will go to owners of SP1 and SP2, with deliveries underway at the end of 2022, and unlike these two speedster models – which aren’t allowed on the road in some areas due to the lack of windshields – Ferrari says the SP3 is everywhere legal for the street.

Ferrari Daytona SP3: design

The references to racing cars of the 1960s extend beyond mechanics, with the Daytona SP3 having a characteristic aerodynamically optimized design that blends elements of historic Ferrari styling with elements of current models.

The low wrap-around windshield, for example, makes an obvious connection to the P3 / 4, while the “double-crested” front fenders are reminiscent of sports prototypes like the 512 S, 712 Can-Am and 312 P.

Meanwhile, a movable panel in the center of the front bumper is a tribute to the retractable headlights that were once popular on supercars.

The side mirrors sit at the top of the front fenders in another retro-inspired decoration that improves both airflow and visibility, while air boxes integrated into the gullwing doors channel air to the radiators. lateral.

The driver and passenger sit lower and more inclined than in any other road Ferrari (the company even compares the position to that of a single-seater), which means the car is only 1,142mm, thus reducing drag.

Ferrari Daytona SP3: engine and mechanics

The Daytona SP3 is the first road Ferrari to be equipped with a mid-mounted 12-cylinder engine since the LaFerrari hybrid hypercar, which bowed out in 2018. In addition, with the power of the naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 increased to 840 hp and 697 Nm, it is the most powerful non-electrified model ever produced by Maranello.

Engine upgrades during the 812 Competition extend to a modified intake and exhaust, lightweight titanium connecting rods, low friction piston pins, and a lighter, rebalanced crankshaft.

Coupled with a faster version of the 812 Competizione’s 7-speed automatic gearbox, the V12 promises a “fast-rising torque curve” to its redline of 9500 rpm, giving a time of 0 at 100 km / h of 2.85 seconds and a top speed of 340 km / h, making the Daytona SP3 the fastest Ferrari road car to date.

With lightweight composite materials used for the hull, chassis and some body components, the Daytona SP3 weighs just 1,485 kg dry, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 566 hp per tonne, while the full-size configuration central motor allows an optimized distribution of the weight between the axles.

A set of Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires developed specifically for the Daytona SP3 improves stability in low-grip situations and, to optimize the yaw angle, Ferrari’s new Dynamic Enhancer feature controls the pressure on the brake calipers in low-grip situations. tight turns.

Ferrari Daytona SP3: inspirations

330 P3 (1966)

A defining racer of its time, the P3 wrapped its fiberglass tub around a new tubular chassis and ushered in fuel injection. No example survives in its original configuration.

330 P4 (1967)

An evolution of the P3, this successful racer received a heavily revamped V12, shorter chassis and improved suspension to take on Ford’s Le Mans-winning GT40.

512S (1969)

Funded by Fiat’s purchase of a 50 percent stake in Ferrari, the 512 S was developed in just three months to enter the new Group 5 category of the World Sports Car Championship.

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