Ferrari Special Projects: a detailed overview (part 2 of 3)

Ferrari Special Projects: a detailed overview (part 2 of 3)

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In the words of Ferrari, it is, if anything, a celebration of the most intense and long-lived relationship, something purchasing power alone will never buy.

On that note, let's continue taking a look at the Ferrari Special Projects. We have another lineup of 8 stunning cars crafted to order for you.

1. 2014 Ferrari F12 TRS

2014 Ferrari F12 TRS front red

Photo: Ultimate Car Page

The Ferrari F12 TRS is a 'Barchetta-style' Special Project built on the F12berlinetta base. It's actually the first of its kind to have two versions made: one in red and the other in liquid silver.

2014 Ferrari F12 TRS front silver

Photo: Paulin Lacour

Inspired by the iconic 1957 250 Testa Rossa, the red F12 TRS first hit the scene in 2014 at the Ferrari Cavalcade. Then, a black version popped up later that year at Circuito Monteblanco, but it got a makeover into the liquid silver look.

2014 Ferrari F12 TRS rear red

Photo: Shahaf Shai

Lots of changes set the F12 TRS apart from its F12berlinetta base. It's got a sleek wraparound windscreen, a see-through bonnet, and a more standout T-shaped rear design. Plus, those two speedster-humps on the rear deck flow right into the spoiler's pillars, adding a real sense of speed. And let's not forget the enlarged front bumper and those big air intakes, giving it a seriously aggressive stance.

2014 Ferrari F12 TRS rear silver

Photo: Paulin Lacour

As for the name 'TRS', nobody's really sure where it came from. Some say it might be a nod to the owner of both cars, Sam Li, making it 'Testa Rossa Sam.'

2. 2014 Ferrari SP America

2014 Ferrari SP America front

Photo: Zach T.

The 2014 Ferrari SP America reveals its roots in the F12berlinetta, albeit with subtle modifications distinguishing it from its base car. Notable changes include a distinct bonnet design and altered airflow dynamics. The front bumper also underwent significant revisions, giving it a super aggressive look. This Special Project was commissioned for Danny Wegman, the CEO of Wegmans, a prominent American supermarket chain.

2014 Ferrari SP America rear

Photo: Zach T.

Much like the last generation Aston Martin Vanquish, the spoiler seamlessly integrates into the body, creating a sleek profile. The iconic T-shaped rear has been replaced with a more conventional design. Additionally, the inclusion of large air outlets on either side and a small louvre behind the side windows add to the aesthetic appeal of the SP America.

3. 2016 Ferrari SP 275 RW Competizione

2016 Ferrari SP 275 RW Competizione front

Photo: Chris Keeling 

A beloved choice among enthusiasts, the 2016 Ferrari SP 275 RW Competizione stands out as a stunning Special Project. Drawing heavy inspiration from the famous 275 GTB/C 'Competizione Speciale' s/n 6885, owned by Preston Henn for a significant period.

2016 Ferrari SP 275 RW Competizione rear

Photo: Chris Keeling

Now, back to the SP 275: a car that is also based on the F12berlinetta and comes with a plethora of louvres, bespoke 20-inch 10-spoke wheels and an aluminum fuel cap. Furthermore, the car features a redesigned front bumper and rear design and the lower parts of the car are finished in a very dark blue.

4. 2016 Ferrari 458 MM Speciale 

2016 Ferrari 458 MM Speciale front

Photo: Mark Raybone

Finally, a V8-powered Ferrari Special Project: meet the 458 MM Speciale. Crafted exclusively for a British Ferrari customer, this one-of-a-kind creation is based on the acclaimed 458 Speciale. Adorned in striking Bianco Italia, the 458 MM Speciale showcases redesigned bumpers, a unique bonnet, and new side air-intakes.

2016 Ferrari 458 MM Speciale rear

Photo: Mark Raybone

Turning our gaze to the rear, you can't miss the enhanced 'duck-tail' spoiler and bespoke wheels, specially made for the 458 MM Speciale. Notably, the collaborative efforts between the customer and design team drew inspiration from the iconic GTO of 1984. This influence is evident in the mesmerizing 'visor' effect of the window, achieved through clever design elements. Ferrari ingeniously painted the A-pillars black and incorporated white paint, resulting in a captivating wraparound effect.

5. 2017 Ferrari GScinquanta 

2017 Ferrari GScinquanta front

Behold, a rare glimpse of the exclusive 2017 Ferrari GScinquanta. Speculated to be derived from the Ferrari F12 or GTC4Lusso platform, it's believed to showcase a captivating paint finish, either in Blu Elettrico or the one-off Blu Cinquanta hue.

2017 Ferrari GScinquanta rear

Do you have additional insights about the Ferrari GScinquanta? Share your knowledge in the comments below or reach out to us directly.

6. 2018 Ferrari SP38 Deborah

2018 Ferrari SP38 Deborah front

Photo: Krishan

Stealing the spotlight at the prestigious Villa d'Este in 2018, the Ferrari SP38 Deborah made its public debut there - captivating enthusiasts with its breathtaking design. Built on the foundation of the 488 GTB, this masterpiece pays homage to the legendary Ferrari F40 and Ferrari 308 GTB.

The SP38 Deborah's design cues echo the iconic F40, notably in the rear deck adorned with three distinctive slats and an integrated spoiler reminiscent of the F40's wing.

2018 Ferrari SP38 Deborah rear

Photo: Krishan

Wearing a distinctive three-layer metallic paint dubbed 'Rosso Deborah,' the SP38 Deborah unmistakably channels the iconic wedge design aesthetic of the 1980s, albeit with a modern twist. The design pays homage to its predecessors while incorporating modern elements.

Notably, the headlights are carefully crafted to achieve a sleek, minimalist appearance. Furthermore, the integration of daytime running lights into the slim bumper (reminiscent of the 308 GTB front bumper) adds to the nostalgic charm of the SP38 Deborah.

7. 2018 Ferrari SP3JC

2018 Ferrari SP3JC white and blue front

Photo: Tom Hooper

Despite the term 'Ferrari One-Off' typically implying a single creation, two examples were crafted for one single customer: none other than John Collins, the founder and owner of Talacrest. Since its establishment in 1989, Talacrest has facilitated the sale of probably every iconic Maranello masterpiece.

2018 Ferrari SP3JC white and blue rear

Photo: Ferrari

It's not just the colours that make them unique in their own right: one is RHD (featuring a livery in Azzurro Met, Giallo Modena, and Bianco Italia) and the other is LHD (sporting a livery in Grigio Silverstone Opaco, Bianco Bianco, and Rosso Magma).

Collins elaborated on the rationale behind the two driving configurations in an interview with Ferrari. "A couple of years ago, on the Cavalcade, I managed to kerb an alloy wheel because I simply couldn’t see. I swore then I was never going to drive a right-hand-drive car again on the ‘wrong’ side of the road."

2018 Ferrari SP3JC black and red front

Photo: Harry Coles

They possess a uniqueness that's difficult to grasp, being Special Projects built upon the already limited F12tdf platform. Both vehicles boast a transparent bonnet, just like the F12 TRS, and feature standard 812 Superfast wheels accentuated by a coloured trim around the edges.

Moreover, each car showcases redesigned front and rear bumpers, introducing innovative airflow solutions. The rear, in particular, stands out with three air-outtakes and an updated diffuser. Frequently spotted at circuit days and car rallies, one can't help but wonder about their mileage...

8. 2019 Ferrari P80/C

2019 Ferrari P80C front

Photo: Ferrari

Introducing the first Ferrari Special Project race car! Inspired by the iconic 1960s Ferrari Sports Prototypes such as the 330 P3/P4 and Dino 206 S, the 2019 Ferrari P80/C is a dedicated track machine. Built upon the foundation of the Ferrari 488 GT3, the P80/C underwent extensive modifications, too many to detail comprehensively.

2019 Ferrari P80C rear

Photo: Ferrari

The project began in 2015, marking the lengthiest development period of any Ferrari Special Project to date. Crafting a track-only vehicle offers designers significantly more freedom, as there are no essential components like with street-legal cars. Painted in Rosso Vero, the Ferrari P80/C shown above is configured for the track, although it offers versatility with the option to remove the wing and install larger wheels, as pictured below.

2019 Ferrari P80C front street-legal

Photo: Spencer Modes

What's your favorite Ferrari Special Project from this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and don't forget to read part 1 and stay tuned for part 3.

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