Ferrari is testing a mysterious prototypeOctober 29, 2020
The Italian company is likely working on a successor to LaFerrar.
Ferrari engineers have been spotted testing a prototype outside the automaker’s headquarters in Maranello, which is likely to be the successor to the LaFerrari hypercar. The company tends to release a new limited edition flagship every ten years.
Given that LaFerrari was launched in 2013, we should see its successor in the next two to three years. But what about the SF90 Stradale? This model may be faster and more powerful than the LaFerrari, but its estimated price of $ 625,000 is about half of the original LaFerrari’s value, and its production volume will be much higher.
This test mule uses a makeshift LaFerrari body to hide new mechanical elements, but there are some key differences. The aero elements covering the front and rear air vents have been removed to improve airflow, while the front hood, roof and side air intakes are different.
In addition, the side mirrors are different, the air vents on the rear fenders are covered, and the LaFerrari center-locking wheels have been replaced with wheel nuts. The massive carbon-ceramic brakes are also noticeable.
Ferrari has not disclosed plans for a successor to LaFerrari, although a naturally aspirated V12 engine is expected. The blue stickers on the test mule also confirm that we are looking at an electrified vehicle. Former Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne previously called the supercharged V12 “nuts”, effectively eliminating forced induction for any Ferrari with this unit. However, he added that hybrid solutions will be very closely scrutinized with a focus on improving performance rather than just complying with different emission standards, as was the case with LaFerrari, which used a mild hybrid setup.
Interestingly, in 2019, Ferrari marketing director Enrico Galliera hinted that the car could have less horsepower than the 986bhp SF90 Stradale and instead focus on aerodynamics, handling and light weight. This suggests that the car can follow the same route as the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar.
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