Special take on the 488 announced for a lucky collector

The Ferrari SP38 one-off special has been unveiled and ceremonially handed over to its new owner, prior to a few hot laps at Fiorano.

Based on the 488 GTB, the design of the SP38's unique body is said to be inspired by the F40, especially the flip-up carbon-fibre engine cover. The SP38's rear wing is claimed to be a very subtle nod to the F40's much more overt offering.

Up front Ferrari, is especially proud of the SP38's thin set of headlamps and slim bumper lip, both of which reference the 308 GTB.

Ferrari's designers gave the SP38 a sharp wedge look ahead of the front windscreen in order to concentrate "visual mass" over the rear wheels.

The company has made no mention of any changes to the donor vehicle's running gear, so we'll have to assume the SP38 is powered by the same 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 as the 488 GTB.

With 492kW of power and 760Nm of torque directed to the rear wheels, the 488 GTB is capable of running from 0-100km/h in 3.0 seconds, and hitting the 200km/h mark in 8.3 seconds.

There are no images of the SP38's interior at this point, although it's said to have its own unique trim, if not design. It's been hard to get a peek inside previous special editions, which have been commissioned by the like of Eric Clapton, so we're not necessarily holding our breath for pictures of this one.

The car will go on public display at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on May 26, 2018.