At first glance, one would say the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are one-off concept cars from Ferrari. Well, they are in essence, but in actual fact, they are truly production examples of the limited variety, less than 500 examples will go into production. This new series of production vehicles are called “Icona”, a program envisioned by Ferrari to highlight special, limited edition production cars that give tribute to classic Ferraris of the past.
Released in 2018/2019 the Monza SP1 and SP2 taps into Ferrari’s history, and as any Ferrari fan will note the history is vast and littered with gems. Both the SP1 and SP2 were inspired by the Ferrari 750 Monza, 250 Testarossa and 166 MM. The single-seater is definitely race-inspired!
The model here is crafted by the team at Looksmart. The scale is 1:18 and the exterior is completed Rosso Magma – there are alternative colours available that help capture the historical theme. If you’re interested in the SP1 it is available for immediate delivery through their Looksmart, your brick and mortar store or online dealer.
The exterior of the SP1, in the words of Ferrari, “it is sculpted by the wind”, one would agree. The design and shape are truly beautiful and inspiring. As for Looksmart’s take on the scale replica, we give them excellent marks on the overall exterior execution. First off this is a resin and sealed replica. Looksmart’s attention to deal is solid from a design perspective. Panel gap lines are nicely defined and clean throughout. The carbon fibre elements are great too and mirror the original design well.
All intakes, opening found front, side and rear, all are completed with photo-etched and perforated metal. Fit and finish are exceptional! Iconic Ferrari decals positioned on either side of the front section definitely pop against the Rosso Magma paint. Speaking of paint, workmanship here is flawless and consistent throughout.
The front of the Monza SP1 is simplistic and beautiful. Looksmart again does an awesome job on the fit and finish, as mentioned earlier the centre grille is completed in metal and the two smaller openings on the lower section follow suit. Solid carbon fibre detailing and 3D like Ferrari emblem complete the package.
No access to the motor is available, so showing off the V12, a variant of the one used on the 812 Superfast is no go. Also, the storage area offered by the cover found on the second seat is completely sealed as well.
The rear is on par with the rest of the model. Excellent attention to detail with the Ferrari logo and rear emblem. Lower differ/bumper is tactfully executed in carbon fibre. Fabulous work in defining the dual exhaust tips and surrounding perforated covers. Lastly, the union of the rear red taillight assembly in the body seam is spotless.
The Monza SP1 wheels are the largest ever fitted on a production Ferrari to date, they are defined as 21 inches. As for execution the Silver paint and design are terrific. Inside the massive carbon/ceramic rotors as well as Black calipers are on par. The entire package is authentic, to say the least.
Moving to the inside interior workings the quality remains on par with the exterior. The single buttress behinds the driver’s head is definitely that of race-inspired. The cockpit is carefully detailed with exceptional use of colours and textures. Fun fact, the SP1 has no windshield, the genius at Ferrari have developed a dual aerodynamics system with the front section (just in front of the steering wheel) that pulsing air over the driver’s head. One can actually operate the car without a proper helmet. We like to see someone try this with the V12 at wide-open throttle!
The Ferrari Monza SP1 comes highly recommended. This model consistently pushed the bar at all levels of what we consider a quality and sound model. We aren’t a Ferrari authority but this example is near perfect in our opinion – what it lacks is the ability of full 360 access. But altas that is another story… Excellent paint, true overall design, mesh grilles (in all the right areas), and solid interior make it very desirable. Add the uniqueness factor and toss in the Ferrari badge and we have a winner.
Some may not gravitate to the styling and that’s okay. Others may say it is priced too high. Our argument, it is definitely more refined than your typical $150-$200 resin piece, and a cheaper alternative to the BBR rendition of the same. Also, the model comes shipped in an attractive package if you value that sort of thing; leather base and plasic dust cover is included in the base price. Enjoy the pics!