In 2018 Ferrari announced that it would be launching the Monza as the first in a series of limited-edition bespoke cars called the Icona range. The new Monza was Inspired by Ferrari’s open-top racing barchettas from the 1950s, which were created to race in the new World Sportscar Championship. This prestigious series featured iconic races around the world, including the Mille Miglia in Italy, the Targa Florio in Sicily and the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico, and Ferrari won the championship no fewer than seven times in the first nine years.
The new Monza is based on the 812 Superfast chassis, engine and running gear, with a carbon-fibre composite body designed by Ferrari’s in-house team lead by Flavio Manzoni. Intrinsic to the concept was the decision to break the design into two parts; the upper shell is distinguished from the main hull by a groove that surrounds the cockpit and then wraps around the back of the car incorporating the rear lights. The Monza is offered in either SP1 single seat configuration, or SP2 with dual seats, each with a faired-in headrest/rollbar. It incorporates a unique virtual windshield, which ducts air at high speed into a fairing that vents upwards and over the driver’s head. Its sinuous shape echoes the original Monza, illustrated by the shallow doors that open upwards.
Ferrari’s aim was to create an uncompromised, perfectly balanced road car that combines spectacular performance with a raw, visceral driving experience created by the roofless, pillarless design.
At time of launch the price of the Monza was £1.5m. Fewer than 500 Monzas will be built.