A Ferrari 488 has been spotted on the streets with most of its back-end missing and multiple new “features”.
Test mules aren’t really supposed to look pretty--they’re just supposed to test the thing that the manufacturer wants tested. We’ve seen an electric pickup with the body of a Ford recently that wasn’t too bad in terms of tricking the untrained eye, but there’s absolutely no one who’ll be fooled by this Ferrari 488 prototype.
From the YouTube channel of Supercars Puerto Banus (by way of Motor1), we know right off the bat that something is terribly wrong with this Ferrari 488. As it strolls down the street with barely a whisper other than the squelch of tires, we immediately see that the hood does not match a regular Ferrari 488. Instead, it has 3 large air inlets pockmarking the normally smooth and streamlined 488 hood.
On the roof there’s a large and bulbous roof scoop sucking in yet more air. Why does this prototype need so much internal airflow? It’s believed to be hiding a hybrid powertrain, and given the number of holes in the car, you can bet that it’s air-cooled.
Things get serious once you swing around back. The entire backside of this poor 488 has been mangled to be unrecognizable. There’s a weird mesh covering the center portion where normally the license plate would be. The exhausts have been removed and the entire rear diffuser gutted to make room for a wider set of smaller pipes that have protruded right through the bodywork.
If you look carefully in the center, there appears to be a solid white block that could very well be a battery pack. That, combined with the fact the car barely made a sound, is a pretty good indication we’re looking at some form of electrification.
Ferrari has announced that they want to make a hybrid car as early as 2019. What we’re looking at might just be the Prancing Horse’s first foray into the realm of electrified powertrains. Exciting times we be leaving in.