Ferrari’s Special Projects division has revealed the latest creation from its atelier, the one-of-a-kind SP-8 roadster. Commissioned by a wealthy customer from Taiwan, the SP-8 is based on the Ferrari F8 Spider but with a key modification – it’s a true roadster, as its electrically retractable hardtop has been removed to create an open-top experience.
This unique SP-8 roadster boasts a striking two-tone exterior. It’s painted in matte Argento Micalizzato with carbon fibre sections finished in glossy iridescent Blue Sandstone. The open-air design showcases a unique and refreshed look compared to the donor car.
The SP-8 differentiates itself further from the F8 Spider with several bespoke elements. It features all-new headlights with unique masks and lenses, while the taillights are inspired by the Ferrari Roma but come with custom lenses. The windscreen and exhaust tips are borrowed from the Ferrari 296 GTB. It rides on retro-inspired five-spoke alloy wheels with a matte gray finish, reminiscent of the iconic F40’s wheels.
The SP-8 also showcases an imposingly wide aluminum front grille, created from a single 3D-printed mold, with classic vertical strakes. The grille theme is extended to the engine cover with longitudinal strakes, a nod to Ferrari’s classic models with side strakes, like the Testarossa.
Ferrari paid special attention to the SP-8’s body design to ensure it remains comfortable and quiet despite the absence of a roof. Extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations were used in its development.
Inside, the roadster features a change in the gear selector, harkening back to the days of gated shifters. The interior incorporates cloth material, a unique choice for a Ferrari, combined with laser-etched Navy Blue Alcantara. The carpets are made from twill fabric with an iridescent effect.
Under the SP-8’s hood lies the same mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine as the F8 Spider, delivering a potent 710hp and 770Nm of torque to the rear wheels.
The Ferrari SP-8 is currently on display at the Mugello track in Italy and will remain there until the end of the Finali Mondiali Ferrari 2023 event on October 30. Afterwards, it will move to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, where it will be exhibited from November 16 until March 2024.