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Ferrari plans extra fashions of ultra-exclusive Icona collection | Autocar India

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Revealed On Nov 28, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Carmaker but to verify which technology to kind the premise of the following Icona mannequin.

Ferrari is ready to broaden its vary of ultra-exclusive Icona fashions following the debut of its new Daytona SP3. The Italian agency, although, has not revealed which technology will kind the premise of its subsequent undertaking.

The V12-powered Daytona is impressed by the Ferrari sports activities prototypes that raced within the late 1960s and early 1970s and follows within the wake of the Monza SP1 and SP2, which took their barchetta cues from automobiles such because the 750 Monza sports activities racer of the 1950s. On the launch of the brand new Daytona in Florence, Ferrari’s leaders made it clear there’s room for additional growth of the Icona vary, with chief communications and advertising officer Enrico Galliera saying there are “4 or 5 potential ideas we might work on”.

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The thought to make use of inspiration from iconic sports activities prototypes such because the 330 P3/4, 412 P and 512 S was proposed by Ferrari’s head of design, Flavio Manzoni. “I’ve a particular ardour for this one,” he mentioned. “There are various different intriguing ideas for the longer term. The richness of Ferrari could be very excessive and the sky is the one restrict.”

Ferrari Icona collection not thought of supercars

The limited-run Icona collection is designed to enchantment on to Ferrari’s common prospects and adopts a novel method, because the fashions are led by fashion and design somewhat than final efficiency. “This isn’t a supercar,” mentioned chief technical officer Michael Leiters of the Daytona, which relies on an developed model of the LaFerrari Aperta’s chassis. “A supercar is the top of know-how. Once we produce a brand new supercar, we all the time introduce new know-how. Right here, we’re not wanting on the pinnacle of efficiency. The motive force is extra central, which is why it’s so welcome for the collectors. This isn’t a particular model of LaFerrari.”

Manzoni is extremely proof against the concept the Icona collection ought to be thought of nostalgic, regardless of the automobiles drawing on Ferrari’s wealthy heritage for inspiration. “It’s actually onerous to battle in opposition to this tendency on this planet,” he mentioned. “Take a look at music. What number of retro songs are there? It’s so sturdy, this want and wish to return again to a most likely extra snug scenario and set of values, and naturally the tradition of the corporate may be influenced by that. So, I’ve to work in opposition to this concept many instances.

“It’s fantastic in case you are engaged on an Icona undertaking to get inspiration from the previous and the heritage, however with out shedding the imaginative and prescient and method. Within the final years, so many have requested: why don’t you make a contemporary model of the 250 GTO, for instance? My reply is all the time the 250 GTO is a sum of its age. That kind was configurated that method as a result of there have been sure situations, the technical improvement and aerodynamics weren’t subtle as they’re right now, and it’s right that method.”

Manzoni is dismissive of the development for restomods, which he considers “banal”. “That is apparent, low stage,” he mentioned. “A sure stage of innovation is essential. With the Icona undertaking, we had the chance to construct this bridge between the previous, current and the longer term. On this case, you’ll be able to see how it’s potential to attach the great thing about our heritage with a contemporary imaginative and prescient.”

On the launch, the language used to explain the brand new automotive included phrases akin to “analogue” and “pure”, with the Daytona carrying the tagline of “again to the origins of driving pleasure”. At 840hp, the automotive’s engine hits a brand new document in Ferrari’s V12 energy stakes, however Leiters mentioned final numbers will not be the purpose for a variety that majors on driver expertise.

Icona collection might lengthen existence of Ferrari’s V12

When our sister publication Autocar UK requested him whether or not Icona can be a way of prolonging the existence of V12 energy in an age of electrification, he mentioned: “I feel so. It’s a great alternative, it’s matching 100 % our prospects’ necessities and it has a restricted influence on the dialogue of CO2 [because only 599 Daytona SP3s will be made].

“I personally consider we have now to battle for this engine. From a know-how viewpoint, it’s not probably the most environment friendly. A V8 turbo might make it higher when it comes to efficiency. However from an emotional viewpoint, it’s the very best you’ll be able to have. On energy, 840hp or on the [Pininfarina] Battista 1,926hp – who cares? You get thrilled in case you are a great driver with both. If you’re a standard driver, you get scared when you put the pedal to the metallic.”

Leiters was requested why, if the driving expertise is vital, the Daytona SP3 isn’t fitted with a guide gearbox somewhat than a quick-shifting model of the 812 Competizione’s 7-speed automated. “Even when this can be a pure automotive, it’s not a nostalgic automotive,” he replied.

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