Ferrari has introduced their first ever hybrid supercar, the SF90 Stradale.
Welcome to the electric future. The first of the major supercar makers to five into the world of plug-in hybridization is now officially Ferrari with the SF90 Stradale, a fiery supercar that seems to sacrifice nothing in adopting a battery power pack and a few electric motors.
In fact, all seems improved now that Ferrari has gone electric. It’s 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 engine (derived from the 3.9-L found in the F8 Tributo) produces 769 horsepower on its own, but the three electric motors provide 217 more. Combined, the Stradale’s powertrain produces 986 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque.
One electric motor is mounted to the rear axle between the engine and the transmission, while the other two power the front axle. If the driver so chooses, they can deactivate the V8 engine to drive silently on electric power only with a range of roughly 25 km (or 15 miles). This setup also provides the Stradale with the sort of on-demand torque normally reserved for electric cars as well as torque vectoring all-wheel-drive--something it needs to control nearly 1,000 horsepower.
The transmission is an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission that is said to shift 100 ms faster than the 488 Pista’s.
Zero to 62 mph takes just 2.5 seconds. Zero to 124 mph takes just 6.7 seconds. Active aerodynamic elements, a carbon fiber rear wing, and a carbon fiber rear diffuser provide as much as 860 lbs downforce at 155 mph.
Besides the parts explicitly stated to be made out of carbon fiber or titanium (that quad exhaust is all titanium, by the way), Ferrari only said that the body and chassis are made of a “multi-material technology.” We have no idea what that could be, but it likely includes a mix of carbon fiber and some other material.
On the inside is a 16-inch curved HD screen for the instrument cluster, and where a normal shifter would be is the H-pattern of a manual transmission but without a stick. Instead, there are 3 tiny levers that are used to set the Stradale’s various driving modes.
Pricing was not announced, but we can expect it to be pricier than the F8 Tributo. Deliveries are set to begin next year.