Ferrari has unveiled the first two models in its new ‘Icona’ special series. Dubbed the Monza, the new models take inspiration from 1950s barchetta racing Ferraris like the 250 Testa Rossa, with open cockpits and very shallow windscreens. The Monza SP1 is a single-seater with a single roll-over hoop, while the Monza SP2 has two seats.
Ferrari Future Plans – by STUART GALLAGHER
The basis is the 812 Superfast, whose V12 engine is boosted by 10hp to 810hp – making it the most powerful ever in a Ferrari. That means the Monza is capable of 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and 0-124mph in 7.9 seconds. Nicolo Boari, Ferrari’s head of product marketing, said the Monza SP is “probably the closest and purest driving experience to Formula 1.”
Ferrari says fewer than 500 will be produced at a price yet to be announced. Sold only to selected customers, the mix of SP1 and SP2 models will be dictated by demand. Buyers will receive a special racing suit designed by Loro Piana, while leather maker Berluti has created a leather helmet and goggles.
The new models were presented at Ferrari’s Capital Markets Day in Maranello in September, when new CEO, Louis Camilleri, outlined a five-year business plan. He said he wants to transform Ferrari into a purveyor of luxury goods, not just cars.
Headline news from the Italian firm’s Capital Markets Day was that new CEO Louis Camilleri abhors the term SUV and the vehicles it represents. So Ferrari won’t be making one. Instead, the 71-year-old company will focus more on its past and investing in and growing its range of GT cars, which will include the ‘Purosange’. A four-seater Ferrari like no other Ferrari and like no other car, it’s an FUV, or Ferrari Utility Vehicle, not an SUV.
‘The Purosange will be unique in so many ways, and it will redefine expectations,’ said Camilleri. Currently in development, we won’t see the hybrid-powered Purosange until 2022, but before then Ferrari will have executed the majority of its strategy – a strategy, Camilleri was keen to point out, that he had inherited following Sergio Marchionne’s passing and just six days before it was to be signed off.
The strategy includes two mid-rear-engined cars, one a replacement for the 488, the other a model to sit above that to ultimately replace the 812. Both will have petrol-hybrid power trains with a minimum output of 400bhp per litre.
Ferrari sees its big gest growth area as the gran turismo sector. The next Portofino will be offered with both a V8 and a new V6 engine (which won’t be for a new Dino: it’s not in the product plan), with the GTC Lusso replacement retaining four-wheel drive and being touted a s the ‘return of the elegant Ferrari gran turismo’.
All future Ferrari GT cars will be front-mid-engined with a transaxle double-clutch gearbox that gives the option of rear or four-wheel drive. The cars will be built on a new platform with a wheelbase that can be adapted in length according to application, offering a variety of seating layouts from two-seater to full four-seater.
Ferrari has also just launched its exclusive Icona series, represented by the new Monza SP1 and SP2. Ferrari plans to build 500 Monza s at £2million a piece, though there’s no word yet on the model split. With styling inspired by the iconic Ferrari sports racers of the same name from the 1960s, the Monza is based on an adapted 812 Superfast platform, including its running gear, and clothed in an open-top carbonfibre body offering single- (SP1) or two-seater (SP2) configurations.
With a focus on providing the ‘closest F1 driving experience possible in a road car’, the Monza is just the beginning of Ferrari’s plans to reward its customers and special clients with low-volume models that celebrate its past successes in a very 21st century way.
Missing from the strategy is a LaFerrari replacement. A new hypercar is currently under development but won’t be launched this side of 2022. Taking into account that Aston Mar tin, AMG and McLaren plan to launch hypercars within the ne t five years, this is a very astute decision by Ferrari.
‘THEY’LL GIVE THE CLOSEST F1 DRIVING EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE IN A ROAD CAR’