Ferrari unveils the one-off SP51 based on the 812 GTS

By Gokul, 04 October 2022

The car was made for a collector in Taiwan

Ferrari SP51

Ferrari recently unveiled the latest addition to it's one-off series, called the Ferrari SP51.

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the SP51 is a front-engined V12 spider based on the 812 GTS platform from which it inherits its layout, chassis and engine. 

At first sight, the new model’s most striking characteristic is its total absence of a roof, making it an authentic roadster in every respect.

Featuring an extensive use of bare carbon-fibre both on the exterior and in the cabin, the trim on the bonnet is particularly striking as it dynamically frames the two air vents.

Ferrari SP51

The colour of the SP51 on the other hand, was developed specifically for the car and gives it an elegant yet imposing character that also exudes authority. This impression is further enhanced by the blue and white livery inspired by a legendary 1955 Ferrari 410 S which not only runs the length of the car, but is also referenced in the interior.

At the front, specially-designed headlights give the SP51 an instantly recognisable and forceful identity all of its own. Also noteworthy are the wheels, which are specific to the car and have carbon-fibre wing profiles on each of the spokes which also feature a sophisticated tone-on-tone diamond-cut finish on the forward-facing section.

The rear of the car is dominated by an arched theme with the taillights inset below the spoiler. Immediately behind the cabin are two flying buttresses that are visually softened by two deep carbon-fibre scoops. Between these two elements stretches a transverse, carbon-fibre wing, the profile of which folds over the buttresses. 

Ferrari SP51

The resulting effect is vaguely reminiscent of a Targa-type car in which the flying bridge elegantly conceals the anti-roll hoop, a nod to the solution adopted on Ferrari’s early-1960s Sports Prototypes.

According to Ferrari, the main highlight of the SP51 is the interior, where the same Rosso Passionale colour custom-created for the exterior is also used as the main colour for the Alcantara trim, which is complemented by white and blue stripes on the central tunnel and the steering wheel stitching.

Ferrari SP51

The special finish for the door panels, the lower section of the dashboard and the sides of the seats, comprising a blue Kvadrat insert with white cross-stitching, also picks up the livery. 

Glossy carbon-fibre trim has been extensively used throughout the interior where it pairs very harmoniously with the Nero Momo Opaco elements. This is further enhanced by several white embroidered details such as the Prancing Horse and car logo, also found on the lower rim of the steering wheel.

That being said, the one-off Ferrari SP51 was actually designed for a longstanding Taiwan-based client, who is a hardcore Ferrari collector. 

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