2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale PHEV - Quirks and Facts You Have To Know About
Welcome the Most Powerful Ferrari Of All Time - the 986 horsepower Ferrari SF90 Stradaleby Safet Satara, on
Ferrari introduced the first-ever plug-in hybrid dubbed the SF90 Stradale. It is quicker than the mighty LaFerrari, capable of driving on electricity, and it can reach 124 mph in a staggering 6.7 seconds when in attack mode. All of that at a dramatically lower price compared to any other Ferrari capable of such a feat.
Right here, you can learn all the essential facts and features of the most critical Ferrari this year.
- First ever V-8 powered, all-wheel drive Ferrari
- The most powerful V-8 engine ever installed in a road-going Ferrari
- First Ferrari that can cover 15 miles as an EV
- First Ferrari that can accelerate to 84 mph on electricity
- Quicker compared to the LaFerrari at the Fiorano test track
The 2021 SF90 Stradale Is Ferrari’s First Series Production PHEV
The Ferrari SF90 Stradale is Maranello’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Although an extreme representation of PHEV philosophy, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale is, in part, created to lower the average emissions and consumption within the Ferrari lineup. While Ferrari remained coy on the emission and fuel consumption details, I am sure that the SF90 will be eligible to enter the so-called Low-Emission zones in European cities and elsewhere.
After all, the SF90 can cover up to 15 miles only electricity. Its three electric motors source the power from a high-end, 7.9-kWh, lithium-ion battery.
That may not sound like a lot, but it is enough to give that electric boost, lower the emissions, and ease the consumption of the 4.0-liter, V-8 ICE.
Furthermore, with a plan to produce more than 10,000 vehicles annually, Ferrari enters the regulatory domain of mass production car manufacturers. That means they submit to most of the same rules any other manufacturer has to comply with.
|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|
|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|
|Maximum speed||340 km/h|
|0-100 km/h||2.5 s|
|0-200 km/h||6.7 s|
|100-0 km/h||29.5 m|
|Dry weight/power||1.57 kg/cv|
|Laptime at Fiorano||79s|
This Is Why the 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Has 3 Electric Motors
Yes, you read that right! The 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale has three electric motors under its sexy body.
First of all, two electric motors are located in the front and power only the front wheels. The third one, called the MGUK (you'll learn later what this F1-derived tech exactly means) sits between the engine and the transmission.
All three of them source the power from the small lithium-ion battery pack.
With the introduction of three electric motors, Ferrari got a unique chance to create a 4WD car (the first mid-engine, V-8 powered, 4WD car for the company), and utilize a unique torque vectoring system. With two electric motors in the front, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale’s torque vectoring system can vary "between the inside and the outside wheel in cornering based on dynamic conditions." In short, if needed, the system can apply a certain amount of power to a certain wheel in a certain moment, thus enhancing cornering performance. So, apart from providing thrust and enabling the SF90 Stradale to use all the available grip in the right way, the front electric motors also provide power when the SF90 needs to reverse.
On the other hand, the third electric motor, called the MGU-K, is an F1 derived technology.
It does provide thrust when needed, but it also regenerates energy when decelerating. I’ll let Rémi Taffin, Director of Operations at Renault Sport F1 to explain to you what the MGUK does:
“The MGU-K is very similar to what is found in the so-called hybrid production cars. In F1, we have an electric motor that is connected to the petrol engine. During the braking phases, it recovers the energy that is normally lost in heat. We now recover a good part of that kinetic energy that is then stored in a battery. The MGU-K can work in both directions: to recover or to supply energy.”
Ferrari’s F1 car has the same tech, and now, the production SF90 has it too. When all three electric motors work together, they can release 218 horsepower.
|Ferrari SF90 Stradale||Ferrari LaFerrari|
|Horsepower||780 HP @ 7,500 RPM||800 HP @ 9,000 RPM|
|Torque||800 NM @ 6,000 RPM||700 NM @ 6,750 RPM|
|Hybrid system||three electric motors||HY-KERS system|
|Hybrid power||220 HP||163 HP|
|Top Speed||340 km/h||350 km/h|
|0-100 km/h||2.5 s||<3 s|
|0-200 km/h||6.7 s||<7 s|
The V-8 in the 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Was Changed a Lot
The 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale’s twin-turbocharged V-8 engine develops an astounding 780 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 engine, evolved from the one in the F8 Tributo (where it develops 710 horsepower), went through a massive change.
By increasing the diameter of cylinders (their bore) to 88 millimeters, Ferrari increased the V-8’s capacity to 3,990 ccs. This is now a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine!
Completing the changes, Ferrari engineers also modified:
- The intake
- Added a new exhaust manifold
- Revised the cylinder heads
- Added new injectors
- Added a new, smaller flywheel
- Employed new engine mounts
|Ferrari SF90 Stradale||Ferrari F8 Tributo|
|Horsepower||780 HP @ 7,500 RPM||710 HP @ 8,000 RPM|
|Torque||800 NM @ 6,000 RPM||568 LB-FT @ 3,250 RPM|
|Hybrid system||three electric motors||-|
|Hybrid power||220 HP||-|
|Top Speed||340 km/h||340 km/h (211 mph)|
|0-100 km/h||2.5 s||2.9 s|
|0-200 km/h||6.7 s||7.8 s|
The 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Introduced Us to a Lot of New Acronyms
I am sure you wonder what the all-new Ferrari SF90 Stradale’s acronyms mean. Well, here’s the answer:
|MGUK (Motor Generator Unit, Kinetic)||An F1- derived technology developed to recuperate energy otherwise lost during deceleration. It is an electric motor that sits between the V-8 engine and the transmission. Apart from recuperating energy, this motor can also provide thrust and help the V-8 to accelerate the SF90 Stradale quicker.|
|RAC-e (Rotation Axis Control-electric)||A torque vectoring, electronic cornering setup regulator. What? In short, the system precisely controls the level of torque applied to each of the front wheels. It helps Ferrari to corner better.|
|eSSC (electronic Side Slip Control)||A mastermind that controls torque distribution to all wheels, a new brake-by-wire system, electric motors, regenerative braking, and torque vectoring. It’s like Keyser Söze of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale|
|eTC (Electric Traction Control)||As Ferrari reports, "optimally manages the availability of the torque - both ICE and electric - distributing it to the individual wheels to suit driving conditions and grip requirements."|
The 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Has a New Chassis
To fight the stresses of the AWD system, new propulsion methods, and even more extreme performance, Ferrari engineers dramatically reimagined the chassis compared to anything we have seen before.
Engineers changed the production philosophy introducing the hollow castings instead of the ribbed castings.
Also, they’ve used new aluminum alloys, special carbon-fiber, and even more rigid materials. All of this is to improve NVH values, increase torsional rigidity, and keep the weight at the lowest levels possible. In fact, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale tips the scales at 3,461 pounds.
The 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Has a New Steering Wheel and New Infotainment System
If you thought that the steering wheel on the 488 GTB was busy, take a look at this one. Not only you can control lights, indicators, or modes, but now you have a chance to control the central cluster screens, activate the voice control system, and use the cruise control (same as on the F1 cars).
The reason for the integration of even more controls on the steering wheel is quite smart actually.
Ferrari wants to create the best HMI (human machine interface) possible, and how better to do it than to enable the driver to control every function without taking hands from the wheel?
The infotainment system and the new head-up display play a major role in this.
What’s Does The 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale’s Name Mean?
SF90 means - Scuderia Ferrari 90th anniversary. Stradale, translated from Italian, means road-going! So, the real name of this car is Ferrari Scuderia Ferrari 90th anniversary Road-going! Yes, it is a bit of a mess, but it gives you some clues. The Ferrari SF90 Stradale is the best road-going car Ferrari has produced in its 90 years of history.
I led you astray with this tough.
See, the 2019 Ferrari F1 car is called the SF90! The SF90 Stradale, then, is like an F1 car for the road!
Whatever the case, the new Ferrari SF90 Stradale is simply incredible.
2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Performance
The 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale lapped the Fiorano test track in 1 minute and 19 seconds. Do you know what this means? It means that the SF90 Stradale can beat the LaFerrari around the Fiorano. It will be on the tail of the FXX as well. That brute is barely a second quicker there. Yes, the SF90 Stradale is the fastest road-going Ferrari around the Fiorano test track. That’s amazing.
|Ferrari SF90 Stradale||1’19.00||2019|
|Ferrari 488 Pista||1’21.50||2018|
|Ferrari 488 Pista Spider||1’21.50||2018|
|Ferrari 812 Superfast||1’21.50||2017|
|Ferrari Enzo Ferrari||1’22.30||2003|
|Ferrari F8 Tributo||1’22.50||2019|
|Ferrari 488 GTB||1’23.00||2015|
|Ferrari 458 Speciale||1’23.50||2013|
|Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta||1’23.50||2015|
|Ferrari 599 GTO||1’24.00||2010|
|Ferrari Enzo Ferrari||1’24.90||2003|
|Ferrari 458 Italia||1’25.00||2010|
|Ferrari 430 Scuderia||1’25.00||2007|
The Ferrari SF90 Stradale’s raw performance numbers go as follow:
|Maximum speed:||211 mph|
|0-62 mph:||2.5 s|
|0-124 mph:||6.7 s|
|62-0 mph:||<96.7 feet|
Let me tell you that the SF90 Stradale is only 0.2 seconds behind the Chiron in its sprint to 124 mph and only 0.1 seconds behind the Koenigsegg Regera. I firmly believe that 0-62 mph comparison in this strange bracket of insanity is beside the point. I don’t even believe the claimed 2.5 seconds to 62 for the SF90 Stradale. It will do 2 on a good day. It has to. It has freaking 1,000 normal horsepower.
The 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Does Not Have a Reverse Gear
The new dual-clutch eight-speed gearbox is quicker than before, 22 pounds lighter, and provides better fuel efficiency. The thing is that it does not have a reverse gear. At all. If you want to go in reverse in your SF90 Stradale, you have to select eDrive mode (electric mode), and select R. In that case, only the electric motors on the front wheels will provide power.
Ferrari SF90 Stradale Aerodynamics
The Ferrari SF90 Stradale generates 860 pounds of downforce at 150 mph. More important than that is the fact that the aerodynamic magic provides the cooling for numerous features that get really hot when driving hard. That was the most challenging part - the development of the aerodynamics that will disperse the heat correctly and effectively, but also provide insane amounts of downforce. With many active aerodynamic surfaces (like that sleek rear wing), the SF90 Stradale features an advanced aerodynamic setup.
While all this sounds impressive, I have to tell you that the Ferrari isn’t even close to the extreme with this kind of downforce. Remember that ugly McLaren Senna? Well, that thing produces 1,764 pounds of downforce at 155 mph. The McLaren P1, which is older, generate about 440 pounds less, but still more than the SF90 Stradale.
Don’t let this discourage you. I would argue that the Ferrari SF90 Stradale downforce is on par with the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. That one can produce up to1,080 pounds of downforce at its maximum velocity.
2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Assetto Fiorano Package
The Assetto Fiorano package is like a track package for a hypercar. Choose this and yours Ferrari SF90 Stradale will get:
- GT racing-derived Multimatic shock absorbers
- carbon fiber door panels
- carbon fiber underbody
- titanium springs
- titanium exhaust
- carbon-fiber rear spoiler
- soft, track loving and track hugging Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires
2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale eManettino Switch
I will go on a limb here and suppose that you don’t know what the Manettino switch does on Ferrari cars?
In short, with this little lever (manettino in Italian), you can usually control suspension settings, traction control, electronic differential, and speed of the gearbox.
For the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the Italians changed its name to eManettino.
Unlike the classic Manettino, which is heavily inspired by the same switch in Ferrari F1 cars, the driver can choose between four different modes on the eManettino. They affect the propulsion system. I’ll let Ferrari explain how eManettino modes work in detail:
|eDrive||The internal combustion engine remains off and traction is entrusted entirely to the electric front axle. Starting with a fully charged battery, the car can cover up to 25 km in this mode. This mode is ideal for city center driving or any other situation in which the driver wishes to eliminate the sound of the Ferrari V8.|
|Hybrid||This is the default setting when the car is turned on, in which the power flows are managed to optimize the overall efficiency of the system. The control logic autonomously decides whether to keep the internal combustion engine running or turn it off. If it is on, the internal combustion engine can run at maximum power thus guaranteeing powerful performance whenever the driver requires.|
|Performance||Unlike ’Hybrid’, this mode keeps the ICE running because the priority is more on charging the battery than on efficiency. This guarantees that power is instantly and fully available when required. This mode is best suited to situations in which driving pleasure and fun behind the wheel are the main focus.|
|Qualify||This mode allows the system to achieve maximum power output by allowing the electric motors to work at their maximum potential (162kW). The control logic prioritizes performance over battery charging.|
I am wondering if you can you deplete the battery if you select the Qualify mode and drive around the track at the limit for, say, half of an hour!? After all, Ferrari did say that the battery can provide maximum assistance and power for a lap even on the longest tracks on earth (including that one - the Nurburgring).
What if you want to drive five full laps on the Nurburgring? Would you have enough electric boost?
How Much Does the 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Cost?
Of course, Ferrari did not reveal the SF90 Stradale’s price, but the word on the street is that it will cost more than $500,000. That’s steep. But not steep enough, it seems. More than 2,000 people noted interest in this Ferrari. It is a big seller.
And I am not even surprised. You have Koenigsegg Regera and Bugatti Chiron levels of performance here, for a fraction of price.
I cannot believe that I’m saying that half a mil seems like a bargain.
This price sits the Ferrari SF90 Stradale in the same bracket as the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. It is quite incredible how different these two cars are. Yet, when it comes to speed and dollars. Both of them knock it out of the park.
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