One-of-a-kind Ferrari? No problem

 
 
Posted12/3/2018 6:00 AM
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  • Ferrari SP3JC

    Ferrari SP3JC Photos Courtesy of Ferrari

  • The one-of-a-kind SP3JC was built by Ferrari using its F12tdf, of which only 799 are being made by the Ferrari Styling Centre.

    The one-of-a-kind SP3JC was built by Ferrari using its F12tdf, of which only 799 are being made by the Ferrari Styling Centre.

  • The car's paint job has pop art influences.

    The car's paint job has pop art influences.

  • In homage to Ferrari's open-air racers of the 1950s, the Ferrari SP3JC does not have a roof.

    In homage to Ferrari's open-air racers of the 1950s, the Ferrari SP3JC does not have a roof.

Ferrari aims to please and when an enthusiastic (and deep-pocketed) client or collector wants a one-off, custom roadster, the Italian brand obliges.

One recent example is the SP3JC, which was created by the Ferrari Styling Centre. As if a special design wasn't enough, the team started with an exclusive model from the brand's portfolio, basing the project upon not only an F12, but one from a limited edition called the F12tdf.

It helps that the F12tdf, too, was designed by the Styling Centre. Only 799 were built and they are all about paying homage to the iconic Tour de France race, in which Ferrari competed quite well during the 1950s and '60s with such icons as the 1956 250 GT Berlinetta.

That racing influence worked well as the goal of the SP3JC, as its builders hearkened back to the Ferrari machines from those decades, inspired in particular by the roofless, open air models. To that end, the SP3JC's roof was removed with further styling changes made by re-sculpting the front fenders and rear bumper fascia.

The hood was also modified with the addition of split glass inserts that show off the vehicle's V-12 engine.

It doesn't appear serious performance upgrades were a concern with this project and, for the most part, the F12tdf's powertrain was left as is. Not that it's lacking in capability: the engine pumps out 769 horsepower and 520 foot-pounds of torque. Unleashed in a straight line, that'll turn 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in 7.9 seconds.

The car, which boasts a lot of carbon fiber, is a beast on curvy tracks, too, providing drivers with tons of downforce and incredible braking abilities.

Where the styling goes contemporary is with the car's bold color schemes, which blends Azzurro Met blue and Giallo Modena yellow livery over a main Bianco Italia white color. As it turns out, the client isn't just passionate about Ferraris, but also pop art and he wanted to bring some of those influences into this project.

Inside, the seats are trimmed in blue leather with a white insert, which matches some of the lower dashboard.

because this was a one-off, no pricing information was given. However, currently tdf's are hovering around $1.2 million, so likely the cost for this radical roadster was more than that.

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