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2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The Mid-Engine Ferrari V-6 Hybrid Is A Whole New Car That Slots Below The F8 Tributo But Could Be Faster

Announced at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the new Ferrari V-6 hybrid is ready for introduction this summer. Expected in a mid-engine form, the Ferrari with a hybridized V-6 propulsion system will probably slot below the F8 Tributo and ride on a modular platform that will underpin at least one more Ferrari supercar in the future. Maybe the one with the V-8 hybrid system.

Chief Technical Officer Michael Leiters presented Ferrari’s product strategy back in September in 2018 and announced the new Ferrari V-6 family:

"We will develop a totally new V6 family based on a very, very particular, innovative architecture with plenty of innovations regarding technologies and components."
We spied the Ferrari V-6 hybrid in prototype form in Sweden and Germany. Our spy photographers heard V-6 sounds while some videos, filmed in Maranello before that, apparently show the Ferrari V-6 hybrid running on electric power only. Even though this may be the case for the prototype, I doubt that the Ferrari V-6 mid-engine supercar will have an only-electric drive mode. However, Ferrari marketing head, Enrico Galleria reported some time ago that the Ferrari hybrid GT cars will probably have a Plug-In Hybrid technology. The Purosangue SUV as well!

Now, we have our first look at the first Ferrari Hybrid V-6 as it was doing some cold-weather testing.

Update 5/29/2019:Ferrari has just debuted the all-new SF90 Stradale, a V-8, hybrid supercar that is already stealing a lot of thunder from the Ferrari LaFerrari. Check out our special gallery below to get your first look while we update this review!

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2014 Ferrari GTE Virtual Concept by Angelo Granata

2014 Ferrari GTE Virtual Concept by Angelo Granata

Thanks to a leaked teaser of the Ferrari F70 a.k.a the next Enzo, the rumor train is now at its peak.

Using the various pictures that Ferrari has taken and keeping Pininfarina’s current design language in mind, a man named Angelo Granata has created a beautiful rendering of what he thinks is the next Ferrari F70.

It does stay true to the Ferrari design language, although if you glance at the dual-projector LED headlamps for a moment, it has an uncanny resemblance to the Aventador. Now that is something that Ferrari would definitely avoid, given the heavy rivalry. Also it’s lacking the iconic F1-inspired nose from the original Enzo, which was a distinguishing factor in terms of design. This nose does, however, serve a purpose, as its duckbill shape adds much-needed downforce to the front axle as the vehicle’s speed increases.

The rear end is a perfect mixture of the F12Berlinetta, Enzo and the 458 Italia, though the quartet tail lamps may not make it in the final design. The virtual concept’s body measures in at 4,650 mm (183.1 inches) long X 2,030 mm (79.9 inches) wide X 1,080 mm (42.5 inches) high, but no estimated weight was given.

The concept houses a mechanically actuated spoiler which is not only cool as heck, but also keeps the car planted on the track. With the kind of power the Enzo successor is supposed to pump out, that actuated wing may not be a bad idea.

The Ferrari GTE virtual concept is fitted with a 7.3-liter V-12 engine that pumps out 800 horsepower and a KERS hybrid system that adds an extra 120 ponies to the stable. This gives it a net horsepower of 920, which is exactly what all of the rumors are pointing to with the new F70. Unfortunately, the engine setup isn’t confirmed, except for the KERS system, so this is still just speculation.

With Ferrari being as silent as a monk on the Ferrari F70, we can do nothing but drool at these concept pictures and hope that some elements make it to the final official design.

Images used with permission from Angelo Granata

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2010 Ferrari Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS

2010 Ferrari Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS

Despite the fancy title that Ferrari tagged it with - the Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS- the long-awaited Ferrari 599 Fiorano Hybrid officially made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show today.

The HY-KERS system, which is a revolutionary new system Ferrari is developing that is capable of reducing CO2 emissions by up to 35% on the combined cycle (ECE + EUDC). Given the nature of this new eco-friendly technology, Ferrari is not ruling out the possibility that all future Ferraris - 8- and 12-cylinders, alike - will one day be fitted with the HY-KERS system.

Through years of experience gained in Formula 1 - coupled with on-going research done round the clock in Maranello - Ferrari was able to apply a new and advanced, lightweight hybrid drivetrain to the 599 GTB Fiorano: a new kind of electric motor that helps optimize the longitudinal and lateral dynamics of the car, enhancing traction and brake balance. The motor also features a unique cooling and lubrication system for maximum efficiency under all operating temperatures and loads.

The high-voltage electric motor of the HY-KERS weights only 40 kilos and is coupled to the rear of the dual-clutch 7-speed F1 transmission. It operates through one of the transmission’s two clutches and engages one of the two gearbox primary shafts. Thus, power is coupled seamlessly and instantaneously between the electric motor and the V12. The electric motor produces more than 100 horsepower as Ferrari’s goal was to offset every kilogram increase in weight by a gain of at least one hp.

The whole project comes as a response to the likelihood that cars of the future will be subjected to a CO2 emission standards. Rather than stand pat and wait until the last minute to create a car that would be up-to-par with the rest, Ferrari is now in a position to meet and comply with those standards, especially when it comes to urban cycle where city driving is traditionally where sports cars are at a tremendous disadvantage because their engines are designed for maximum efficiency and performance at high revs, whereas the urban cycle involves low revs and low engine loads.

With this new technology, Ferrari has set themselves up nicely to meet future standards for all vehicles across the map while still keeping true to the brands tradition of creating high-end performance vehicles.

Press release after the jump.

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