Ferrari Daytona SP3: Daytona meets Spa

On days like these one wishes for infinity. You probably know the song of the Toten Hosen. There are no more appropriate words to describe this experience with the Ferrari Daytona SP3.
After more than 20 years in this job, I thought I had driven, experienced and seen everything. I’ve been to pretty much every well-known race track in the world, I’ve driven everything from the small Group A Mini to the M4 GT3, I’ve timed over 700 cars at the Sachsenring.

And then there is another day when you get flashed again. Namely when +39 0536… appears on the phone, you ponder for a moment, Italy, Maranello, answer and a friendly voice explains to you in the best Italian English that you can drive a Daytona SP3 in two weeks.

Ferrari Daytona SP3

The butterfly doors direct the air to the side-mounted radiators.

Because I can hardly believe it, I’ll take the liberty of asking a quick question. And the nice lady goes one better – and tells you something about Spa-Francorchamps. And I just answer clumsily: “Yes, I come!”

Daytona SP3: 1.9 million euros limited to 599 pieces

What does it all mean: Ferrari lets me drive one of these ultra-rad, 1.9 million euro Targas, limited to 599 pieces, in Spa? Ten days later I’m actually standing next to the car in Belgium.

Although – car seems the wrong term, work of art is more appropriate. What were the Italians thinking?

Ferrari Daytona SP3

The detachable roof part cannot be stowed under the front hood, but the airstream is great for blow-drying your hair – if you have any…

Quite simply, the Icona series, founded since 2018, needed a new model after Monza SP1 and SP2. The Daytona SP3 pays homage to the historic hat-trick in the 1967 Sports Prototype World Championship when the Ferrari 330 P3/4, 330 P4 and 412 P took all three podium finishes at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari

The look was created by design director Flavio Manzoni. It features rounded, muscular shapes when viewed from the side, a wraparound windshield, and pronounced wheel arches with exterior mirrors mounted on top.

The front end features headlights with a movable cover as a nod to the old pop-up headlights, the rear end with horizontal slats and two central tailpipes and aggressive diffuser somehow reminds me of the Testarossa.
Ferrari Daytona SP3

The 6.5-liter V12 is positioned centrally behind the passengers. Visually and technically a work of art, 840 hp, powerful voice, 2.85 seconds to 100.

While the advanced aerodynamics don’t use active elements, Maranello says it’s the most aerodynamically efficient car Ferrari has ever built.

V12 with incredible 840 hp

In the rear sits a V12, exactly the one that celebrated its premiere in 2017 in the 812 Superfast. In the Daytona, the 6.5-liter engine now delivers an incredible 840 hp and pushes 697 Newton meters.

Expressed in numbers, this means: over 340 peak, 9500 rpm maximum speed and 7.4 seconds from standstill to 200 km/h. In words: seven point four!

Ferrari Daytona SP3

Just like in motorsport: the pedals can be individually adjusted to the size of the driver.

The cockpit is also inspired by the 330 P3/P4, 312 P and 350 Can Am race cars. The two seats stretching across the center tunnel are particularly striking. And now I’m crouching in there.

Eau Rouge, La Source and Blanchimont await. But I can’t really go full throttle. A maximum of 100 km/h is allowed, also because of the noise, excuse me: infernal sounds.

The 599 works of art have all already been sold

But something should work in the back part between Les Combes and Stavelot. A quick press of the start engine button and you’re good to go. The engine roars warmly at low revs, the gearbox is waiting in neutral for its action, the traffic light is green, the Manettino is on race, off we go.

Ferrari Daytona SP3

The rear is reminiscent of the Ferrari Testarossa with its horizontal ribs.

The intake tract is on draft, the two exhaust pipes tear open all flaps, Eau Rouge and Kemmel Straight still half power, then full throttle. The horizon comes at me at a speed that is frightening.

At first the centrifugal force almost takes your breath away, then the Ferrari rear starts to overtake, and finally the shift kick finishes me off. The handling is modern, the chassis super smart, the brakes sensitive, it’s a shame that we’re already after three rounds must stop. (Full fat stage with 700 hp to say goodbye to the V12 Vantage)

No question – this car is a drug for the ego, a challenge to reason. The target group shouldn’t care that the Daytona with 16.2 liters/100 km hisses a bit too much Super Plus, just like the almost two million euros.

By the way, the 599 works of art have all been sold, amazing!

Specifications and price: Ferrari Daytona SP3

• Engine V12, center rear longitudinal
• Displacement
• Perfomance
618 kW (840 hp) at 9250 rpm
• Max. Torque
697 Nm at 7250 rpm
• Drive
Rear wheel/7-speed dual clutch
• L/W/H
• curb weight
• 0-100/200km/h
• Top
• Consumption
16.2L SP
• Exhaust
CO2 368 g/km
• Price
1,949,283 euros

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