Ferrari has been making custom one-off models based on one of its road-going cars since ever, and the latest car that was the subject of the Italian firm’s customer-centric projects is the limited-edition F12tdf.
You would be forgiven for thinking the ‘tdf’ tag stands for “Too Damn Fast”. That’s because the F12 is indeed a speed demon with its fire-breathing 769hp V12 motor capable of breathtaking performance. With so much technology and design packed in it, the F12tdf is a rare breed of supercar. Apparently, a certain very demanding and equally rich customer did not think it was exclusive enough. Said customer then commissioned Ferrari to build him an even rarer model. Rarer as in singular.
The Ferrari SP3JC is the result of two years of painstaking development and consultation with the client. I do not even want to imagine how much money the company must have quoted at the end of those two years. Judging by the looks of the finished product, Ferrari spent the time and money well.
The SP3JC is an homage to Ferrari’s 1950s and 1960s V12-powered Spider cars, and has the design inserts to prove it. The prominent twin glass panels on the bonnet show off the V12 of the F12tdf that is good for 769hp. Aft of the seats and to the right, the brushed aluminium fuel filler cap is a clear nod to the heritage cars that inspired the SP3JC. There is no retracting, Targa, or manual roof on this Ferrari.
The company has designed extra bodywork sculpting around the sides to accentuate the long nose of the car. The new ‘air intake outline’ helps emphasise the length of the bonnet. The elaborate terminology simply means it’s not an actual air intake.
The client is said to have a passion for pop art which led to Ferrari choosing the trio of colours you see on the SP3JC. If you must know, the colours are Azzuro Met (metallic light blue) and Giallo Modena (Modena Yellow) over Bianco Italia (Italy White). The company claims the colour palette enhances the SP’s “sensuous volumes”. Trust the Italians to make colour choices sound like jewellery, eh?
The interior takes after the body colours with blue leather seats featuring white inserts. The blue tone extends to the lower dashboard as well as to the contrasting stitching elsewhere in the layout. The burning question that is surely on everyone’s mind is: Will it ever be driven? If I owned it, I would drive the rubber off it. It’s not mine to drive (sadly), so I’ll wait for videos of the SP3JC cropping up on the interweb. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind this car becoming a permanent fixture in someone’s living room or trophy room.