Ferrari SP38 Is The Marque’s Latest One-Off

Say hello to the Ferrari SP38, the latest one-off to come from the marque’s Special Projects division. Based on the 488 GTB, it will be delivered to its lucky owner at Villa d’Este on May 26.

As you’ll immediately notice, the body of the SP38 is totally bespoke and a dramatic departure from the 488. In fact, the exterior design of the supercar is so radical that it looks more like a concept car than a road-going model.

Up front, the SP38 includes a set of small, horizontal headlights that complement an aggressive front fascia with painted and carbon fiber components. Elsewhere, the vehicle’s sides include dramatic skirts, a sharp roofline, and small side windows. Star-shaped wheels finished in silver top things off.

As radical as the front and sides are, it is the rear where the real action is happening. Most notably, a traditional rear window/engine cover has been replaced by a set of body-colored louvers. Additionally, the taillights have been hidden away in the blacked-out grille and a pair of exhausts exit from the center of the fascia.

No photos of the interior have been released but it too is bespoke.

It remains to be seen if any mechanical changes are found beneath the new skin. If not, the SP38 features the same twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 engine as the 488 GTB delivering 661 hp. We would not be surprised if the engine has been upgraded to Pista-spec and produces the same 710 hp as the track-focused 488.

Stay tuned for more details about the model from its global premiere in Italy this weekend.

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  • Kannag Don Amenra


  • roy

    And now the Ferrari looks like the Ford gt

    • Strangelove Boom

      I bet this was commissioned by a Saudi royal who couldn’t get on the Ford GT list.

  • salamOOn

    this looks epic!

  • Gustavo Adriano

    It’s my impression, or Ferrari has been finally backing to it’s origins?

    • ADCR

      that is a one off commissioned car

      • Gustavo Adriano

        Yeah, I know, but have you already notice that these cars (one off’s) have been influencing the Ferrari overall design? Like the 488 GTB for example, and this is very good, because the cars that came after 360 have another design language…

        • Well haven’t seen any production Ferrari that resembles TRS, F60, or J50 honestly.

          And the design still looks ugly to me.

    • donald seymour


  • john1168

    This car looks fantastic! But as cool looking as those rear louvers look, I wouldn’t get them. I kind of like to be able to see out the back of the car I’m driving.

  • LJ

    Is it legal to not have a rear windshield?

    • Nordschleife

      Panel vans don’t always have rear windows. Maybe it’s a caveat in the laws for stuff like that.

      • LJ

        That’s a great point.

        I just think it’s weird that you can be ticketed for an obstructed rear window, but it’s legal for some cars to have no rear window at all.

        • Status

          There’s a difference in what you’ve said. An obstructed rear window would mean there is a window that can be obstructed, whereas cars without rear windows cannot (by any practical means) have their visibility obstructed because there wasn’t any there to begin with.

          • LJ

            I get that, but how is an obstructed rear window more dangerous/limiting than no rear window? That’s where I’m confused.

    • Well we got cars like MC12 which didn’t have a rear windshield, even cars like P1 technically don’t have usable view whatsoever.

  • Infinite1

    Front end looks like a Huracan but I do like it

  • Tinky-Winky

    Nice! Looks like an hommage to 288 GTO.

    • TheHake


      • alexxx

        I got that 288gto vibe also…

        • TheHake

          I get much more of a Stratos vibe from this.

  • lagunas3ca

    When you commission Ferrari to build you a one-off that is uglier than the 488 GTB.

    • TheHake

      Not to all. I like it and so do some of the other people here.

  • Nordschleife

    I love this type of bespoke modifications. I know this car is off the charts expensive but this is gorgeous. That rear end gives me Pinifirina vibes.

  • Belthronding

    i have never been fan of ”one off’ ferraris and that new one does not change my mind.

  • klowik

    quite refreshing, it’s less the usual Ferrari styling..

  • What’s with the small headlights like FXX K in front, looks awkward from certain angle, and what’s with the Chiron rear fascia.

    Like most Ferrari one off project, I bet they didn’t changed anything. The F12 TRS that once reportedly had hybrid system turns out to use regular F12 underpinnings.

    • lagunas3ca

      Want to know how ugly these headlights are? They make the headlights on Aston Martin’s Vantage look good.

  • cat

    I see a mix of honda nsx,ford gt and lamborghini asterion!

    • lagunas3ca

      Just pouring gasoline on the fire, I love it!

    • Tumbi Mtika


  • cbATL

    Hey Ford – we loved your Ford 500 design some much, we “borrowed” it. Thanks.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Ford 500?

      That’s not the car you think it is…

      • cbATL

        Oops Ford GT

  • TheHake

    Love it!

  • iea96

    Looks a bit too Huracan inspired, but how can we blame it

    • Autoexperte

      the Huracan is a copy of the Lotus Elan Concept from 2010

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Looks like a grown up Stratos. I love it. Nice work, Ferrari.

  • Autoexperte

    it looks great

  • SMSO

    Vulcan front meets Huracan body meets Chiron tail.

  • SteersUright

    What a beauty. The owner is truly a lucky person to afford such a unique official Ferrari.

  • lagunas3ca

    Only nice design feature is the Pista-like front air intake and blades.

  • Six_Tymes

    Love it. smooth like silk

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    • Autoexperte

      this car don´t looks like a Lamborghini, it looks like a Ferrari with Aventador headlights

  • ADCR

    f12 tdf is very good looking and the pista made the 488 nice and agresive

  • RunningLogan

    Yes, looks like a Ford GT.

  • 1. New Stratos has been around since 2010, it’s not that “new” per say.

    2. When I look at most SP project, many of them didn’t really shared design language with current Ferrari, you had to remember that the design isn’t necessarily offered by Ferrari, but more like personal preference of person who commission it, The reason that they used parts like headlamps so that they can register it on the road without submitting homologation again. Every coachbuilder did this, as long they kept headlamp position, A pillar and roof, you don’t need to submit homologation.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’m glad Ferrari do these. I don’t like every one or everything about every one (this one included) but they are all still fun and let me dream of mine when the money finally rolls in.

  • S3XY

    Remake the Testarossa and 355. Same body styles but with modern technology. Same headlight shapes but with LED’s etc. Would be super amazing

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