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The Ferrari Daytona SP3 is an Homage to its 1967 24 Hours of Daytona Win

Beautiful, troubling, the Ferrari Daytona SP3 is a fantastic retro-modern supercar

  • That’s the year the Ford GT40 finally lost.

  • It is powered by the 812 Competizione’s 6.5-litre V12 engine.

  • The car’s design is heavily race-inspired.

Ferrari’s “Icona Series” of Supercars may go down in history as one of the greatest collections of cars ever created. The latest entry in the series is the Daytona SP3. It pays homage to the race car that officially and forever (so far) ended Ford’s dominance in endurance racing.

Ferrari Daytona SP3 | Photo: Ferrari

It was at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona that Ferrari essentially ruined Ford’s day. To put it in Ferrari’s words: “they rained on the Ford GT40’s parade at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona.” To commemorate the victory, Ferrari launched the Daytona SP3 is heavily inspired by the 1966 330 P3 race car.

Beneath the unbelievable bodywork is the 812 Competizione’s 6.5-litre V12 which makes a staggering 828 horsepower and 514 lb.-ft. of torque, or Ferrari’s most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever. The V12’s been tweaked with a variable-length intake tract and its valve openings which creates not only a higher-performance valve profile overall but reduces emissions by 30%. The results are a 0-100km/h sprint of 2.85 seconds and a top speed of over 340 km/h thanks to the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Ferrari Daytona SP3 | Photo: Ferrari

The Daytona SP3’s styling is breathtaking and ultra-retro-cool. There are plenty of modern Ferrari touches especially upfront which is reminiscent of the SF90. The SP3 sports dihedral doors and over-the-top aerodynamics along the sides and in the rear. The back is especially bonkers with strakes positioned above the bumper and between the large rear haunches. The cabin is surprisingly unincumbered yet highly functional and truly luxurious.

As with the other Ferrari that is part of the “Icona Series”, don’t call them for one. They’ll call you.

Ferrari Daytona SP3 | Photo: Ferrari

Ferrari Daytona SP3 | Photo: Ferrari

Ferrari Daytona SP3 | Photo: Ferrari

Ferrari Daytona SP3 | Photo: Ferrari


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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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