The Ferrari Daytona SP3 Is a V-12 Tribute to a Glorious Past


The Ferrari Daytona SP3 Is a V-12 Tribute to a Glorious Past

Ferrari’s Icona series is designed to distill the spirit of its greatest groups of cars, rather than any one specific car, into one modern, limited-release car that translates past glory into modern performance. The first two takes on this concept, the Monza SP1 and SP2, turned the concept of open-topped racers from the mid-1950s into a 812-based speedster. This is the third take, inspired by the mid-engined Ferrari prototypes of the late 60s and early 70s. In tribute to that family of cars taking a 1-2-3 at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona, the car will be known as the Daytona SP3.

Like those prototypes, the Daytona SP3 is powered by a mid-mounted, naturally-aspirated V-12. This engine is sourced from the 812 Competizione, but intake and exhaust improvements undertaken as part of the shift to a mid-engined layout bring power up to 828 hp. That makes it Ferrari’s most powerful internal combustion engine ever, all while revving to 9,500 RPM and producing 514 lb-ft of torque. The added power gets the car to 62 MPH in just 2.85 seconds. While that time cannot quite match what the LaFerrari did in our test back in 2015, it equals the number achieved by the 812 Competizione the SP3 takes its engine from.

For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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