The Monza SP1’s scarcity across the globe should be noted first. Now, Ferrari, which is well renowned for creating special performance automobiles, is not exactly new to this. However, the Monza SP1 elevates this exclusivity in a number of ways. First off, Ferrari personally screened prospective customers to make sure they complied with the brand’s stringent purchase standards. Only 499 units of the SP1 and SP2 combined have been produced. Second, the vehicle is the original of a new series model, known as “Icona,” which, in the words of Ferrari, “reinterprets classic style with the highest performance conceivable and technologically advanced components.” So in other words, these are factory-direct deliveries of future collector’s grails.
A customer must not only have a collection of “lesser” Ferraris in order to be placed on the order list for a car like this, but also be friendly with their neighborhood Ferrari dealer. For the sake of demonstrating their commitment to the Prancing Horse insignia, they might also need to have attended numerous track days or brand-specific events. Even still, there have been instances where collectors have done everything correctly but have nonetheless been denied the chance to purchase a rare new car for unforeseen reasons. Therefore, any of the Monza SP1’s few hundred happy owners will be a member of a super-exclusive club that is impossible to join with just money.
Ferrari VIRTUAL WINDSHIELD
Ferrari The Monza SP1 lacks a windshield in addition to having no windows or a roof. Instead, it has what Ferrari refers to as a “virtual windshield.” . Ferrari has created an airflow system that is intended to perform the same function as a windshield without the aerodynamic trade-offs required to insert a physical one in place of a conventional glass or Perspex screen. When the car is moving, air is drawn in by the substantial intake in the front and directed to a vent that faces upwards directly in front of the driver’s seat.
The concept is to force air directly upward out of the vent, creating a barrier that prevents the driver from being too much blown around. It should make driving a little bit more tolerable, while it still won’t be able to stop larger pieces of debris like rocks or racing shrapnel. Unfortunately, none of us at SlashGear have had an opportunity to drive the Monza SP1 and test it out, but Doug DeMuro briefly tested it was impressed by this cutting-edge system.
Ferrari only created the Monza SP1 with a single seat in order to make it as distinctive (read: impracticable) as possible. Drivers have to lift the absurdly small door up, step over the enormous sill, and then gently drop themselves into position. It is composed of carbon fiber to keep weight to a minimum. Although getting in and out of the vehicle is not graceful, once inside, drivers should at least feel comfortable thanks to the usual Ferrari leather upholstery.
The SP1 is not an option for anyone who wants to invite a buddy or significant other along for the ride in their new Ferrari, but the Monza SP2 is. Although the car is nearly identical, it has two seats as opposed to one. The SP2 is equally as challenging to purchase as the SP1, so think twice before reaching for your cash and dialing your local Ferrari dealer’s number. They are equally expensive, demand the same stringent buyer vetting, and are already all sold out.
a Ferrari Ferrari img6 Even while it’s simple to wax poetic about the Monza SP1’s distinctive exterior style, the truth that this is simply a very costly rebodied Ferrari 812 cannot be ignored. It utilizes the same engine, chassis, and a number of mechanical parts as the original 812. The cabin also borrows from the 812, albeit Ferrari had to rearrange some components to make them fit the Monza SP1’s unique configuration.
For instance, on the right side of the cockpit, the rotary controls for the two infotainment screens are now jammed one below the other. In his assessment of the vehicle, Doug DeMuro stated that operating either screen was challenging due to the layout’s incongruity. This would not be a problem if the speedometer, fuel gauge, and oil temperature weren’t displayed on those panels. He also emphasized how constrained his movement was within the vehicle, noting that larger drivers might not even be able to fit inside due to its racing-style proportions.
Ferrari The Monza SP1 was created with little to no consideration for the car’s utility, focusing solely on performance and aerodynamics. While that alone lends it a distinctive appeal, it also has certain drawbacks, the most significant of which is the fact that the car isn’t road legal in the United States. which in theory permits a car to be imported under the show and display exemption and allows up to 2,500 miles of annual use on public roads. However, it is very difficult to qualify for this exemption, and the NHTSA has the ability to re-impose restrictions at any time. Therefore, at least in America, it can only really be used on private property and racetracks.
The good news is that it is allowed to drive on European roads for billionaires who have SP1s on order. Anyone wealthy enough to own one of these extremely special vehicles will most likely have a spare home in Monaco or a nearby location, so as long as they keep their SP1 outside there, there won’t be any issues getting it equipped with a license plate.