Ferrari’s Daytona SP3, the last of the “Icona” series, pays homage of 829 horsepower to the riders of Le Mans



Ferrari’s latest Icona model wants you to remember its Swinging Sixties heyday.

The Prancing Horse unveiled the latest addition to its ultra-limited edition supercar lineup, the Daytona SP3, at a special event at the Mugello circuit in Italy this weekend. The vehicle’s design is inspired by some of the brand’s legendary racers from the 1960s and is powered by a naturally aspirated V-12 that puts out well over 800 horsepower.

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Few names will make the hearts of closed-wheel racing fans beat faster than that of the Ferrari Daytona. It was the unofficial nickname for the brand’s prototype racing cars in the 1960s. Why? Because some of their greatest feats came at the 24 Hours of Daytona, including a 1-2-3 victory of the 330 P3 / 4, 330 P4 and 412 P in the 1967 race of the famous endurance race. It was this trio of runners, the brand said in a press release, that inspired the brand’s latest Icona model.

The Ferrari 330 P3 / 4 and 330 P4 - Credit: Ferrari

The Ferrari 330 P3 / 4 and 330 P4 – Credit: Ferrari


This inspiration is clearly visible in the carbon fiber body of the mid-engined Daytona SP3. Its aerodynamic design is one of the blazing contours, with a wraparound windshield, large fenders housing both sets of wheels, and a flared spoiler at the rear. Despite these very clear reminders of Ferrari’s glory days in racing, the car still looks fresh and brand new. That’s thanks in large part to its very 2021 lighting package, which includes ultra-thin headlights up front and a horizontal light bar in the rear, just below the spoiler and its wedge-shaped doors. The car also features a semi-convertible targa design, but there is a clip-on roof panel when you need cover.

This mix of old and new continues inside the car. Behind the steering wheel you’ll find the same digital instrument panel and human-machine interface technology suite that is available on the SF90 Stradale, Roma and 296 GTB. There’s no massive infotainment screen above the center console, as is increasingly common on luxury vehicles, but that’s because Ferrari wants to continue to ensure that its drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. Meanwhile, the adjustable seats are integrated into the body of the car and are covered with a fabric that connects above the center tunnel, as was common on vehicles built during the Swinging Sixties.

Inside the Daytona SP3 - Credit: Ferrari

Inside the Daytona SP3 – Credit: Ferrari


The engine of the Daytona SP3 is located behind the two-person cab of the vehicle and what an engine it is. Ferrari fitted the limited-draft super car with the same 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V-12 found in the 812 Competizione. However, some key changes have been made to it. It now features titanium connecting rods and its piston pins, sliding pushrods and camshaft have all received a Diamond Like Carbon treatment to reduce friction, according to a press release. Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that sends power to the rear axle, the engine generates 829 horsepower, 514 lb-ft of torque and has a redline of 9500 rpm. In terms of power, it’s 10 horsepower more than the 812 Competizione, making it Ferrari’s most powerful combustion road car. It seems fitting for a car that pays homage to the brand’s legendary racing heritage.

Ferrari Daytona SP3 - Credit: Ferrari

Ferrari Daytona SP3 – Credit: Ferrari


While we know what to expect from the Daytona SP3, there are still two open questions. The first is the number of examples that will be built. The automaker said the car will only be available to a limited number of VIP customers and collectors, but has not announced an exact figure. Older Icona models, like the Monza SP1 and SP2, were limited to 500 units. The second is how much it will cost. No numbers were cited, but given the series it belongs to, the race cars it honors, and its V-12 engine, we wouldn’t be surprised if it has seven digits. It is only to be expected from the best that Ferrari has to offer.

Check out more photos of the Daytona SP3 below:

Ferrari Daytona SP3

Ferrari Daytona SP3

Ferrari Daytona SP3

Ferrari Daytona SP3

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