Lamborghini isn't the only Italian automaker reviving models from its past.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Countach, Lamborghini resurrected the Countach name with a new, limited-edition supercar based on the Aventador. Lamborghini also recreated the original 1971 Countach LP 500 prototype, which took 25,000 hours to create. Not to be outdone, Ferrari is preparing to reveal its own retro-inspired supercar.
Over the last few months, Ferrari has been caught testing mysterious prototypes based on the LaFerrari. We assumed Ferrari was testing the LaFerrari's future successor, but the prototype was apparently a test mule for Ferrari's new Icon series car. This will be the successor to the Monza SP1 and SP2. Ahead of its reveal, another Ferrari Icona prototype has been spied cruising on a highway.
Caught on video, the Ferrari prototype is covered extensively in thick body cladding that effectively conceals the design details. This suggests the final production design is hiding under the camo. The test car appears to be based on a Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, with rumors suggesting it will be modified to look like the 1960s Ferrari 330 P4 Le Mans racer that competed with the Ford GT40.
One noticeable modification is the position of the side mirrors. On the LaFerrari, the mirrors are located on the A-pillars, but they have moved to the front fenders on the test car, replicating the 330 P4. Judging from the prominent rear wing hiding under the camo, wider fenders, and lower stance, the 330 P4 will be a racier-looking car than the LaFerrari it's based on.
Powering Ferrari's new special Icona car will reportedly be the same 6.5-liter, naturally aspirated V12 as the 812 Competizione, where it produces 819 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The new retro-inspired Icona could have even more power on tap to justify its seven-figure price tag.
While production of the SP1 Monza and SP2 Monza was limited to 499 examples combined, around 300 examples of the 330 P4 tribute are reportedly planned for production, each costing between $2.5 million and $3 million. We may not have to wait long for the retro-inspired supercar to break cover as sources claim Ferrari will present the new Icona at the Ferrari World Finals in Italy next month.