Forget future classics, these new Ferraris already are iconic

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Ferrari Monza SP1 is designed to bring Formula One driving experience to the roadway | Ferrari North Europe photos

As if all Ferraris were not iconic enough, the Italian sports car manufacturer has unveiled the Monza SP1 and SP2, “the first models in a new concept of limited-edition special series called ‘Icone’,” the company said Tuesday as it showed the cars for the first time at its Capital Market’s Day in Maranello, Italy.

Icone is the Italian word for “icons.”

Monza SP2 has two seats and a second aerodynamic headrest

The SP1 and SP2 “draw inspiration from the most evocative Ferraris of the 1950s,” but also “feature the most advanced sports car technology available today,” the company said.

“The Ferrari Monza SP1 was designed as an uncompromising single-seat road car that offers a truly unique experience behind the wheel,” the company said.

“The second configuration, the Monza SP2, thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen and a second roll-bar, is instead a two-seater enabling the passenger to share the same driving sensations.”

Inspiration for the cars came from such models as the 1948 166 MM and the 750 and 860 Monza models.

SP2 (left) and SP1 unveiled at Ferrari’s business session

Not only are the cars light in weight (around 3,300 pounds) through the extensive use of carbon fiber, but are propelled by Ferrari’s most powerful engine to date, a 6.5-liter V12 rated at 810 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. Ferrari says to expect 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.9 seconds and to double that speed in just 7.9 seconds.

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“The architecture of the two cars is based on a monolithic form with an aerodynamic wing profile where the complete absence of a roof and windscreen gave the designers the freedom to create unique proportions that would not have been possible on a traditional spider,” Ferrari said.

“The result is the feeling of blistering speed normally only experienced by Formula 1 drivers, which derives from the concept of a cockpit carved from the car’s very volume that wraps around the driver.”

Special clothing available for open-air driving and riding

As authentic “en plein air” sports cars lacking a windshield, Ferrari needed a way to control airflow within the cockpit. The solution: a patented design for a “Virtual Wind Shield” incorporated into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel.

In addition to unveiling the cars, Ferrari said it has worked with luxury brands Loro Piana and Berluti to create elegant apparel and accessories for the cars, including overalls, helmet, scarf and driving shoes.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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