- Heath Grayson
Check Out the One-Off Ferrari SP48 Unica You Can't Ever Own
Ferrari's Special Projects program is charged with creating one-off models for the ultra-rich. Having one of its cars means you can rightfully claim that you are the owner of a one-of-a-kind model. Cars like the Ferrari Omologata and the SP38.
They don't come around often, but today is one of those days. Ferrari's latest one-of-one is called the SP48 Unica, and it was designed according to one lucky customer's brief.
The SP48 Unica was designed under the watchful eye of Flavio Manzoni, chief design officer and the man responsible for the utterly gorgeous SP3 Daytona. It's a two-door berlinetta (coupe) built on the platform of the F8 Tributo.
Even though the SP48 features redesigned headlights and relocated air intakes, there's enough left to identify the donor car easily.
Ferrari says it used procedural-parametric modeling techniques and 3D prototyping to create the bespoke body. These advanced techniques helped them create the design features unique to this car.
As a result, the 3D grilles look like they were carved from a solid block. According to Ferrari, it creates "a sense of seamless continuity and dynamic fluidity."
The procedural graphic solutions are responsible for the transition from black to the body color. To emphasize the visor effect of the windscreen, Ferrari made the side windows smaller and eliminated the rear windscreen entirely.
According to Ferrari, the idea was to create a car that seems sculpted from a single block of metal, which sounds mighty pretentious. Yet, we can't think of a better way to describe the design, so Ferrari seems to have nailed it.
The updated design does not affect engine cooling, but it does deliver a different aerodynamic balance. Ferrari revised the front and rear spoiler air intakes to maximize the amount of air flowing through. The longer rear overhang reduces suction from the roof, increasing the rear downforce.
Ferrari said nothing about the engine, so we assume the SP 48 Unica uses the stock powertrain. The 710 hp and 568 lb-ft from the twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 is enough. "0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and 0-124 mph in 7.8 seconds is just too slow," said nobody ever.
This one-off model should be faster around a track, if only due to the additional grip at the rear.
Apart from the missing rear window, the SP48's interior is almost identical to the donor F8 platform. There are a few unique touches, like the black laser-perforated Alcantara used on the seats and most of the cabin trim. You'll note iridescent reddish-orange fabric underneath this trim that matches the exterior color.
The hexagonal motif is also carried over to the interior, while matte carbon fiber and Grigio Canna di Fucile accents add to the racy feel.
How much does it cost? Too much if you have to ask, bud. This particular car was designed for a long-standing client, which is a Ferrari euphemism for a customer with a giant warehouse filled with every notable Ferrari ever sold.