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New Ferrari Daytona SP3 Takes Inspiration from Legendary 1960s Sports Prototypes

On February 6th 1967, Ferrari pulled off one of the most spectacular feats in its entire history when it took the top three places at the 24 Hours of Daytona in the first round of that year’s International World Sports Car Championship. The three cars that shot past the chequered flag in that legendary side-by-side finish on Ford’s home turf – in first place a 330 P3/4, in second a 330 P4 and in third a 412 P – represented the pinnacle of development of the Ferrari 330 P3, a model that chief engineer Mauro Forghieri had significantly improved in each of the three racing car fundamentals: engine, chassis and aerodynamics. The 330 P3/4 perfectly encapsulated the spirit of the sports prototypes of the 1960s, a decade now considered the golden era of closed wheel racing and an enduring reference point for generations of engineers and designers.

Ferrari Daytona SP3 Limited Edition Targa
Ferrari Daytona SP3: The New ‘Icona’ inspired by the legendary victories of Maranello’s Sports Prototypes

The name of the new Icona evokes that legendary 1-2-3 finish and pays homage to the Ferrari sports prototypes that helped earn the marque its unparalleled motor sport status. The Daytona SP3, presented today at the Mugello Circuit during the 2021 Ferrari Finali Mondiali, is a limited edition that joins the Icona series which debuted in 2018 with the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2.

Ferrari Daytona SP3 Limited Edition Targa
The new Ferrari Icona was unveiled flanking the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2

The Daytona SP3’s design is a harmonious interplay of contrasts, sublimely sculptural, voluptuous surfaces alternating with the kind of sharper lines that revealed the burgeoning importance of aerodynamics in the design of racers such as the 330 P4, 350 Can-Am and 512 S. The bold choice of a ‘Targa’ body with a removable hard top was also inspired by the sports prototype world: consequently, the Daytona SP3 not only delivers exhilarating driving pleasure but also usable performance.

From a technical perspective, the Daytona SP3 takes its inspiration from the sophisticated engineering solutions already adopted in racing the 1960s: today as back then, maximum performance was achieved by working on the aforementioned three fundamental areas.

Ferrari Daytona SP3 Limited Edition Targa
The launch took place at the Mugello Circuit as part of the 2021 Ferrari Finali Mondiali

The Daytona SP3 sports a naturally-aspirated V12, mid-rear-mounted in typical racing car style. Undisputedly the most iconic of all Maranello’s engines, this power unit delivers 840 cv – making it the most powerful engine ever built by Ferrari – along with 697 Nm of torque and maximum revs of 9500 rpm.

The chassis is built entirely from composite materials using Formula 1 technologies that have not been seen in a road car since the LaFerrari, Maranello’s last supercar. The seat is an integral part of the chassis to reduce weight and guarantee the driver a driving position similar to that of a competition car.

Ferrari Daytona SP3 Limited Edition Targa
Ferrari Daytona SP3: The New ‘Icona’ inspired by the legendary victories of Maranello’s Sports Prototypes

Lastly, just like the cars that inspired it, the aerodynamic research and design focused on achieving maximum efficiency purely using passive aero solutions. Thanks to unprecedented features, such as chimneys that extract low-pressure air from the underbody, the Daytona SP3 is the most aerodynamically efficient car ever built by Ferrari without resorting to active aero devices. Because of the clever integration of these technical innovations, the car can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 2.85s and from zero to 200km/h in just 7.4s: exhilarating performance, an extreme set-up, and the intoxicating V12 soundtrack deliver completely unparalleled driving pleasure.

Ferrari Daytona SP3 Limited Edition Targa
Ferrari Daytona SP3: The New ‘Icona’ inspired by the legendary victories of Maranello’s Sports Prototypes

Daytona SP3 – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

POWERTRAIN

Type

Total displacement

Bore and stroke

Max. power output*

Max. torque*

Max. revs

Compression ratio

V12 – 65°

6496 cc

94 mm x 78 mm

618 kW (840 cv) at 9250 rpm

697 Nm at 7250 rpm

9500 rpm

13.6:1

 

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Length

Width

Height

Wheelbase

Front track

Rear track

Dry weight**

Dry weight/power ratio **

Weight distribution

Fuel tank

 

4686 mm

2050 mm

1142 mm

2651 mm

1692 mm

1631 mm

1485 kg

1.77 kg/cv

44% front / 56% rear

86 litres

 

TYRES AND WHEELS

Front

Rear

 

BRAKES

Front

Rear

 

265/30 ZR 20 J9.0

345/30 ZR 21 J12.5

 

398 x 223 x 36 mm

380 x 253 x 34 mm

 

TRANSMISSION AND GEARBOX

F1 dual-clutch gearbox, seven speed

 

ELECTRONIC VEHICLE CONTROLS

ESC; high performance ABS e/EBD; F1-Trac; e-Diff 3.0; SCM-Frs; SSC (Side Slip Control) 6.1

 

PERFORMANCE

Maximum speed

0-100 km/h

0-200 km/h

 

>340 km/h

2.85 s

7.4 s

By: Ferrari | Photos Courtesy of: Ferrari

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