The Ferrari Monza SP2 has been named ‘Most Beautiful Supercar of The Year 2018’ at the Paris Festival Automobile International and I’m quite frankly not surprised. I would call it a car but to simply call it a car, just wouldn’t do it justice. Perhaps ‘Art on Wheels’ would be more suitable?
New Design Language
Designed by the Ferrari Centre Stilo under Flavio Manzoni, the masterpiece that is the Monza SP2 is perhaps one of the sleekest, most elegant and cleanest Prancing Horses to come out of Maranello in recent years. In a time where Ferrari’s design language has been leaning towards a more aggressive track focused approach, the new Icona series (Monza SP1 & SP2) is certainly a breath of fresh air. If you’d like to get more insight on the design of both cars, make sure to read Christian’s article with input from Flavio Manzoni.
Not that the current aggressive design isn’t gorgeous in its own right but the elegance of the SP2 Monza is a true ode to the past single seater legends such as the Ferrari 166MM Barchetta, 250 Testarossa and 750 Monza. Described as a form so pure and minimalistic, it has been compared to a single pencil stroke.
The Monza SP1 and SP2
The Monza SP1 and SP2 are both open air vehicles meaning they are truly intended for very special use, the difference between the two being that the SP1 is a purpose built single seater and the SP2 is a dedicated 2 seater.
The design of the two models blends futuristic technology and sleekness with glorious timeless style, evident by the single bar which acts as the tail light and side lights, as well as the extensive use of carbon fibre all over the body and chassis. Both of the cars feature small scissor doors and don’t have windshields, instead relying on a patented system Ferrari calls the ‘Virtual Windshield’, which is supposed to deviate airflow away from the driver.
810 bhp Without Windscreen
However the Monza SP2 isn’t just a visual spectacle to behold. It is, as Ferrari themselves describe it, a model born to deliver pure driving pleasure and fun behind the wheel. It’s powered by a slightly tuned up monster 6.5L naturally aspirated V12 producing 810 bhp and 720 N⋅m of torque from the Ferrari 812 Superfast mated to a lightning fast 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
As their model series indicates, the Monza SP1 and SP2 are truly icons in the great legacy of Ferrari and the Speedsters really give us a glimpse into the evergreen future of the Prancing Horse.
I actually begin to feel like Odysseus in the last scene of Troy the movie: “If they ever tell my story, let them say I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of the Monza SP2, Queen of the Prancing Horses. Let them say, I lived in the time of Ferrari.”