The recently-ended Heveningham Concours in the U.K. showcased some of the most spectacular automobiles available to the general public (if you can call obscenely rich people “general” or “public”). Since no respectable car show is complete without solid Italian attendance and participation, one Ferrari Daytona SP3 completely stole the show.
The manner is an eye-watering set of (mild) off-road antics, with donuts on the grass and stone-chips acceleration. In all fairness, the hypercar was used in a promotional video for the event (see it at the bottom of the story), but that doesn’t make things better or right.
Ferrari has built one of its most powerful all-combustion engines specifically for the Daytona SP3, but that doesn’t automatically make it off-road ready. With 830 hp (840 PS) on tap, the rear wheels can smoke the tires just as fast as they can push the car to 60 mph from a standstill (that’s 2.85 manufacturer-claimed seconds).
Ferrari has invested heaps of resources of all possible nature into developing the SP3, making extensive use of the company’s Formula One experience and technology. The ultimate goal of making the car as controllable and responsive as possible is summarized on the car’s official webpage: F1 DCT seven-speed gearbox (DCT is dual-clutch). Electronic Stability Control. ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. F1-Trac (traction control), e-Diff 3.0, SCM-Frs – that’s magnetorheological suspension control - and SSC 6.1 side slip control.
Then again, where’s the fun in seeing an average-price Ferrari with four doors, four-wheel drive, and off-road(ish) demeanor terrorizing field mice and blasting pebbles? The Daytona SP3 hypercar – ten times more expensive than the not-an-SUV Purosangue – is far more suitable for the donuts (or is it “go nuts?”) job.