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.
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?
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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 6496cc
• 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 4686/2050/1142mm
• curb weight 1485kg
• 0-100/200km/h 2.85/7.4s
• Top 340km/h
• Consumption 16.2L SP
• Exhaust CO2 368 g/km
• Price 1,949,283 euros