Supercar makers are most famous for the rarest cars they make and Ferrari is pretty high on that list of manufacturers. But apart from the limited run hypercars like the F40 or the La Ferrari Aperta, they do have a programme dedicated to making special One-Off models for a select few clientele. This is the latest offspring of that programme and is officially called the Ferrari SP38.
The ‘Deborah’ part of the name got added after the lucky owner of this special Ferrari – a lady by the same name who is also the top female client for the Maranello car manufacturer. The SP38 is based on the 488 GTB and the body has been thoroughly worked on to improve function while adding form. The “general direction” of the build was influenced by another twin-turbo Ferrari, the F40, as seen by the new rear wing and engine cover. The usual 488 GTB glass is replaced by a flip-up assembly in carbon-fibre with shutlines slashing the flanks.
The tapered nose that expands over the beefy wheel arches which reportedly give the car potency and agility. New inset headlights were designed to be as thin as possible while the legally-mandatory DRLs were relocated to a slim bumper lip that Ferrari says is reminiscent of the 308 GTB.
There is no confirmed report yet if the revised bodywork has improved the aerodynamics of the SP38 over the 488 GTB, but they do share the same award-winning 3.9-litre twin turbo V8 that produces 661bhp and sends it all to the rear wheels via Ferrari’s 7-speed DCT, so it’s definitely not gonna be slow.
Revealed in the metal at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy, the triple-layered metallic red Ferrari SP38 was definitely one of the main attractions of the day. The cost for a one-of-a-kind Ferrari? Somewhere around EUR 4 million. But that’s chump change for those looking to get their hands on something equally rare and far more exciting. Something with history and true racing pedigree. Something like the Ferrari 250 GTO?
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