Ferrari has an in-house division called Icona that creates special cars. Icona’s brief is to draw on the company’s illustrious past, particularly from motorsport, to develop cars using modern tech and materials. Previous examples of Icona creations include the Monza SP1 and SP2 (which you can read about here); the Ferrari Daytona SP3 is the latest.

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Racing inspired

The Ferrari Daytona SP3 was created to honour Ferrari’s 1-2-3 finish at the 24 Hours of Daytona back in 1967. The company’s designers have taken inspiration from Ferrari racecars of the era including the P3/4, P330 and 412P.

This new car may take inspiration from old racecars, but its appearance is much sharper and crisper than those curvaceous older models. Aerodynamics played a key role in shaping the Ferrari Daytona. Ferrari says its latest is “the most aerodynamically efficient car ever built by Ferrari without resorting to active aero devices”

The Ferrari Daytona SP3 is based around a hand-laid carbon-fibre monocoque. The bodywork is made entirely from composite materials (aeronautical composites, Kevlar, carbon-fibre, etc), to reduce mass. Inside, the seats are fixed to the bulkhead to do away with any seat adjustment mechanisms.

More after the gallery…

  • Ferrari Daytona SP3 profile
  • Ferrari Daytona SP3 rear

V12 power

Ferrari has used the same naturally aspirated 6,5-litre V12 that is found in the 812 Competizione. Billed as the most powerful ICE ever built by Ferrari, the engine develops 618 kW at 9 250 r/min (with a rev-limiter at 9 500 r/min) and 697 N.m of torque. Power is sent to the rear axle through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. 

Check out the 812 Competizione at this link.

The 1 485 kg targa is said to blitz the 0-100 km/h run in 2,85 seconds, from 0-200 km/h and a top speed that exceeds the 340 km/h. To haul it back from those speeds the SP3 has massive anchors that measure 398 mm up front and 380 mm at the rear.

Limited edition

If you are keen to own a Ferrari Daytona SP3, then you are already too late. Ferrari says that all 599 examples have been spoken for. If you must know, you will not get much change from R36m (yes, million at today’s exchange rate), and that excludes any import duties and taxes.