Ferrari Unveils Stunning Supercar Inspired by the Iconic F40

The one-of-a-kind SP38 is a ride we can really get behind.


Every Ferrari old and new is special, but some are more special than others.

Meet the SP38, a one-off model the supercar manufacturer just dropped on the auto world in surprise reveal at their private test track in Fiorano, Italy. Made especially for one of the brand’s “most dedicated customers,” it’s built off the chassis and running gear of the 488 GTB, and is ready for the street or the track.


The design is inspired by the iconic F40 of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Here’s how Ferrari describes the car’s one-of-a-kind look:

The all-new bodywork, in a newly conceived three-layer metallic red, marks a radical departure from the language aesthetic of the donor car. The twin-turbo, twin-intercooler set-up of the award-winning 488 GTB inspired the team to reference the mighty F40 as an icon from which to instruct the project’s general direction.

The dynamic styling continues over the engine cover, which sheds its rear glass and is treated as a flip-up assembly in carbon fibre with shutlines slashing the flanks in a gesture directly reminiscent of the F40’s. Three transversal slats slash across the engine cover to evacuate engine heat, and the smooth integration of a substantial rear spoiler is a hint at the famous rear wing of the F40.

Can you see it?

Ferrari F40
Ferrari F40

The SP38 was immediately put through its paces in a series of hot laps, to show just how serious Ferrari is about this sexy beast. Powered by the same twin-turbocharged, twin-intercooled 3.9-liter V8 as the 488 GTB, it churns out a whopping 661 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque.

No, this thing isn’t just about the looks.


Tailor-made cabin trim puts the final touches on this truly unique Rarri, which will be on public display for the first time at this weekend’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy’s Lake Como.

What, you haven’t gotten your ticket yet?