• We Can Confirm That Ferrari Is Working on a New Hybrid (Maybe) V-12 Halo Car

This might look like a Ferrari LaFerrari, but there’s a lot more here than what meets the eye.

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We usually don’t see too many videos or spy shots of new Ferraris in the making, but YouTube channel Varryx just so happened to be at Fiorano race track in Italy where Ferrari was testing what was originally thought to be a LaFerrari. Move beyond a quick glance, though, and you’ll quickly realize that this isn’t a LaFerrari at all, but a new hypercar that will, in fact, have the pleasure of being the LaFerrari’s successor. Are those hybrid stickers on this weird Ferrari mule? Yes they are, folks, and we have some interesting stuff to talk about.

We Don’t Know a Lot, But We Know It’s a Hybrid

We Can Confirm That Ferrari Is Working on a New Hybrid (Maybe) V-12 Halo Car
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This LaFerrari lookalike has a handful of triangle warning stickers which have become an industry norm for cars with high-voltage electrical systems. Since the prototype in question has an undeniable rumble from its exhaust we can say with near-certainty that this is a hybrid vehicle. With the age of fuel-powered engines and non-electrified cars leaning into a slow miserable death, it makes complete sense that Ferrari’s next car would at least feature some kind of hybrid assistance. But, how much hybrid are we talking here?

It doesn’t seem very likely that Ferrari would go the plug-in route – not because it’s incapable of doing so, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale delivered nearly 1,000 horsepower from a plug-in drivetrain – but because the LaFerrari wasn’t a plug-in hybrid either and such a system requires larger batteries and, naturally, extra weight. Furthermore, this car sounds like it’s powered by a naturally aspirated V-12, so an upgraded version of the LaFerrari’s hybrid powertrain makes more sense at this point.

Aerodynamic Changes Paint A Fuzzy Picture

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Despite the fact that this thing looks like a LaFerrari at first glance, there are at least some stylistic and aerodynamic changes to see. Did you notice how different this prototype’s side air intake is compared to the LaFerrari? Or how about the lack of a central fin in the front fascia? Upon closer inspection, even the roof and windows carry a slightly different design in comparison, and this prototype is riding on five-lug wheels as opposed to the center-lock wheels found on the LaFerrari.

Performance and Availability – What to Expect

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The fact of the matter is that Ferrari’s next car is expected to be a halo car, which means it should be more powerful and faster than the Ferrari SF90 and the LaFerrari. The LaFerrari delivered 949 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. It could get to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, 100 mph in 4.7 seconds, and could hit a top speed of 217 mph. The SF90, which featured a V-8, by the way, had a total system output of 986 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. 60 mph came in 2.5 seconds with top speed was leveled at 211 mph. That said, the LaFerrari’s successor should feature just north of 1,000 horsepower and should deliver, at the very least, the same on-road and on-track performance as its predecessor.

With that said, the prototype you see here is still in the somewhat earlier stages of development, so don’t expect to see anything official this year. Chances are Ferrari will give us some kind of official word (and hopefully a peak at the goods) sometime in the middle of 2022.

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Final Thoughts

We Can Confirm That Ferrari Is Working on a New Hybrid (Maybe) V-12 Halo Car
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At this point, it looks like the LaFerrari’s successor will feature an upgraded powertrain and a slightly revised design but won’t be too different. You can expect more power, better aerodynamics, and improved drivability. We still have a least a year to wait and see what Ferrari is cooking up, so a lot can happen between now and then.

Robert Moore
Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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