Ferrari Driving Modes Completely Change The 2020 SF90 Nature From Tame To Savage

With three electric motors, an AWD system, a massively overpowered V-8, and the most advanced aerodynamic setup, the latest 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale has some serious performance to offer. I am talking here about hypercar-beating numbers. With all the complexity, three electric motors, and lightweight design, engineers managed to engineer a car so advanced it has a sort of dissociative identity disorder condition. By switching through the modes on the lower left side of the steering wheel, you can choose between four very different driving modes. Ferrari published a video depicting its functions, and I will give you an overview.

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale eD Driving Mode

If you have ever wanted a front-wheel-drive Ferrari than this is the mode to use on the steering wheel of the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale.

When activated, the eD mode commands the control logic system to channel all the electric power from the 7.9 kWh battery to the two electric motors positioned between the front wheel in the nose of the car.

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale, thus, can have enough electric juice to travel as an FWD EV for 15 miles. That is not much, but I believe that it is more than enough for the Zero Emission Zones in most European city centers.

Now We Finally Know Just How the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale's Powertrain Modes Work
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While in eD mode, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale can achieve up to 84 mph. Not shabby. Ferrari even mentioned that two electric motors up front could accelerate the SF90 with a longitudinal acceleration of 0.4g. I’ve used an online g-Acceleration calculator to calculate the 0-62 mph time for the Ferrari SF90 Stradale in eD mode (only with two emotors). If the motors can keep a continuous 0.4 gs of longitudinal acceleration, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale can accelerate to 62 mph on electricity in 7 seconds. That’s a perfect world, but I do suspect that electric motors cannot provide that much thrust. In that case, I am estimating that 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale can accelerate to 62 mph in about 10 seconds using only three electric motors.

Now We Finally Know Just How the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale's Powertrain Modes Work
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In this mode, regenerative braking is of paramount importance, as Ferrari created a system that can recuperate a whole lot of electricity usually dissipated as heat when braking.

Interestingly enough, if you want to go in reverse, the only way you can achieve that is with the eD mode.

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale does not have a reverse gear so only the front motors can propel it backward. Somewhat curious and cool (I guess).

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale H Driving Mode

Now We Finally Know Just How the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale's Powertrain Modes Work
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H is for Hybrid, of course. Ferrari crafted this mode to achieve the best possible efficiency with the ICE turning off when not needed (in low power applications - like crawling in a traffic jam). The ICE can kick in on demand (when you press the acceleration pedal harder), or when needed (if the battery needs a bit more juice).

Furthermore, the M-GUK - an electric motor between the gearbox and the ICE - can work as an assistant to the ICE, but also as a power recuperation device. When decelerating, electric motors turn opposite, this overcoming the magnetic forces and sending electrons back to the negatively charged side of the battery thus recharging it.

Now We Finally Know Just How the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale's Powertrain Modes Work
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The Hybrid mode will provide the best possible fuel efficiency. Ferrari did not disclose any data, but some do suggest that the fuel consumption can be at Prius-like levels. That's like 55 mpg.

While focused on keeping efficiency on the best possible levels, the Hybrid mode also provides access to full power. Just press the acceleration pedal, and you’ll see what I mean. It is a savage.

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Performance Driving Mode

Now We Finally Know Just How the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale's Powertrain Modes Work
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The little checkered flag marking above the letter H on the steering wheel represents the Performance mode. If selected, the ICE will focus on recharging the battery to enable access to all power at all times. This mode utilizes the 769 horsepower ICE and three electric motors with a maximum power output of 217 horsepower to provide a thrilling driving experience. While not explicitly stated, I have to believe that the Performance mode can give you the most fun on the track.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale drivetrain specifications
Internal combustion engine
Type V8 - 90° - turbo – dry sump
Total displacement 3990 cc
Maximum power output 574 kW (780 cv) @ 7500 rpm
Max torque 800 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Specific power output 195 cv/l
Max. engine speed 8000 rpm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Hybrid system
Maximum power electric motors 162 kW (220 cv)
Battery capacity 7.9 kWh
Max. range under electric power 25 km
Transmission and gearbox 8-speed, F1 dual-clutch transmission

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Qualify Driving Mode

Now We Finally Know Just How the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale's Powertrain Modes Work
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As the fourth mode, Ferrari engineered a rather cool-named feature called the Qualify. If selected (a small stopwatch button above the checkered flag on the steering wheel), the Qualify mode will focus all the available power to the wheels.

The ICE will not recharge the batteries (at any point, until they almost completely deplete), the electric motors will provide maximum thrust and recuperate energy.

Of course, with a small 7.9 kWh battery, you cannot expect to drive in qualify mode forever. You can, however, drive long enough to complete a lap on any track in the world - the Nurburgring included. However you cut it, it seems that the maximum power of the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale is available only for a couple of minutes when driving in Qualify mode. It makes the SF90 Stradale somewhat unique, as you, it seems, cannot access the full power for any longer. The ICE has to use some of its might to recharge that battery sometime. Nevertheless, I think that the mode Qualify is where you can achieve all the performance numbers Ferrari claimed for the SF90 Stradale.

Now We Finally Know Just How the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale's Powertrain Modes Work
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Ferrari SF90 Stradale performance figures
Top Speed 211 mph
0-100 km/h 2.5 s
0-200 km/h 6.7 s
100-0 km/h 29.5 m

Don’t tell anyone I told you this, but I am quite sure that the Ferrari SF90 Stradale can go even quicker than this on a good day. After all, it managed to be faster around the Fiorano test track than the LaFerrari. It did it with the Qualify mode selected.

Conclusion

Now We Finally Know Just How the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale's Powertrain Modes Work
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You, the driver, can go through the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale modes using the eMannetino switch. It is an analogous feature to the Mannetino switch, but, I have to say, not as fancy looking. Nevertheless, the modes available for the Ferrari SF90 Stradale can make this car as gentle and efficient as the Toyota Prius. With the eMannetino switch, you can make it as savage, as,... well, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. And that is a lot of savage.

Further reading

2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale
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Read our full review on the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale.

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