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Ferrari shows one-off SP38

by Justin King

Based on the 488 GTB, the car was commissioned by a client with a passion for racing.

Ferrari has revealed its latest one-off creation, known as the SP38 and based on the chassis and running gear of the 488 GTB.

A client "with a deep passion for racing" worked with the Ferrari Design Center to create all-new bodywork that clearly distinguishes the SP38 from its donor car.

Designers were directed to take inspiration from the iconic F40. The resulting shape concentrates its visual mass over the rear wheels and extends to a strongly tapered nose with thin headlights. On the side, the 488's air scoop is concealed.

"The dynamic styling continues over the engine cover, which sheds its rear glass and is treated as a flip-up assembly in carbon fiber with shutlines slashing the flanks in a gesture directly reminiscent of the F40's," Ferrari says.

The car will make its first public appearance at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este on Saturday.