The Ferrari Monza is the latest offering to come from car Mecca, Maranello. But before you run to your dealer with your cheque book, be aware that this is a very special model for their most exclusive clients. This is also the first-time new CEO Louis Camilleri has had the opportunity to launch new models and lay out his vision to investors. Not bad going for your first month in the office, launching two new models and telling investors that another 13 are coming in the next 4 years.
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The new models launched on 18thSept 2018 is the Ferrari Monza SP1 & SP2, and was launched at the factory in Maranello. These cars will form part of a whole new series called “Icone” and draw inspiration from the most evocative Ferraris of the 1950s and feature the most advanced sports car technology available today. Naturally they will be limited edition special series cars, with owners probably all accounted for.
Less than 500 cars will be made (probably 499), and as typical with Ferrari special models all are already sold out. That is despite what is expected to be a $1m+ price tag.
Inspiration for the Ferrari Monza
Back in the 40s and 50s, racing cars used to look like the Ferrari Monza, but unlike F1 cars of today, they were road worthy. Owners would drive their cars to the Mille Miglia, race, and then drive home again. The Monza SP1 and SP2 reference the iconic Ferrari racing barchettas of the past, not least the 1948 166 MM, which originally inspired the name ‘barchetta’, and the 750 Monza and 860 Monza.
Designed with the sole aim of winning, these uncompromising models helped build the Ferrari legend in the 1950s by delivering a slew of victories in the World Sports Car Championship. That’s quite a tall ask to live up to that sort of reputation, and with the supercar and hypercar sector evermore competitive today, creating a standout car is no easy task.
Not one model but two
You will be forgiven for thinking that this is only one model in different colours. It’s actually two, although the differences are subtle. The Ferrari Monza SP1 was designed as an uncompromising single-seat road car that offers a truly unique experience behind the wheel. The with the passenger side covered with a permanent tonneau cover, this gives the pure Maranello Barchetta experience to the driver only.
The second configuration is the Ferrari Monza SP2, and as the model number suggests is a two seater. Eliminated is the beautiful tonneau cover, allowing a passenger to soak in the entire open top experience too. A second protective screen and a second roll-bar are added to protect the passenger and improve airflow.
Design, Construction & Engine
One of the greatest challenges in the design of the Ferrari Monza was managing the aerodynamic flows inside the cockpit with the absence of a windscreen. The solution was the innovative patented “Virtual Wind Shield” which has been incorporated into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel and the steering wheel. The “Virtual Wind Shield” deviates a part of the air flow to maintain driving comfort.
The Ferrari Design Centre has sought to create a very pure design, as though born of a single pencil stroke, to convey an ideal of timeless elegance, minimalist form and refined detail. Visually complex solutions, such as those seen on recent racing cars, have been avoided, giving way to a more understated formal design language. Never has a model expressed such a narrative power, highlighting its appeal as a driver’s car where the link between man and automobile becomes symbiotic.
The Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 feature a unique design, the best weight-to-power ratio of any barchetta, thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fibre in construction, and distinctive details, such as head-and tail-lights, wheels and interior, which further enhance the cars’ exclusivity. Equipped with the most powerful engine Maranello has ever built, a 810 cv V12, they can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 7.9 seconds.
The architecture of the two cars is based on a monolithic form with an aerodynamic wing profile where the complete absence of a roof and windscreen gave the designers the freedom to create unique proportionsthat would not have been possible on a traditional spider.
A radical choice was made for the design of the compact doors of the Ferrari Monza, which open upwards. Equally important is the all-carbon-fibre one-piece bonnet-wing assembly which is hinged at the front to showcase the imposing V12 engine once open.
As with racing models, the bodyshell of both Ferrari Monza cars is made entirely from lightweight carbon-fibre. The entire interior is trimmed in the same material with a natural finish to enhance the sporty impact of the design. Weight reduction and the ‘barchetta’ configuration guarantee unique vehicle dynamics: perfectly balanced with no roll whatsoever for pure, uncompromising sports-car handling.
Driving the Ferrari Monza SP1 or SP2
No one outside of the Factory has driven one of these yet, but here is a few things we can be sure of. The Ferrari Monza with give drivers and passengers that feeling of blistering speed normally only experienced by Formula 1 drivers. That in a car that can be driven on the road!
Although it is absolutely beautiful to look at, the Ferrari Monza is all about the driver with the concept of a cockpit carved from the car and wrapped around the driver. The blistering performance will no doubt be matched by the handling, in a way that Ferrari manages to perfect with every model.
The Italian twisties beckon, and naturally with an open top brachetta you also need to look the part too. Ferrari thought of that and have collaborated with two leading luxury brands, Loro Piana and Berluti. They have created very cool and elegant gentlemen-driver-inspired apparel and accessories. The driver’s selection includes racing overalls, jersey, helmet, gloves, scarf and driving shoes. These feature a number of technical solutions to guarantee a comfortable fit and ensure freedom of movement while driving.
These are the first of the new Icone range of cars, and already Louis Camilleri has given us quite an impression of what we can expect in the future. Two down, thirteen to go. Exciting times for Maranello!
Type V12 – 65°
Overall displacement 6496 cm3
Max. power output * 603 kW (810 cv) at 8500 rpm
Max. torque * 719 Nm at 7000 rpm
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Length 4657 mm
Width 1996 mm
Height 1155 mm
Dry weight** 1500 kg (SP1), 1520 kg (SP2)
0-100 km/h 2.9 sec
0-200 km/h 7.9 sec
Max. speed >300 km/h
FUEL CONSUMPTION/ C02EMISSIONS