This is the most powerful road-going Ferrari ever. The SF90 Stradale asserts Ferrari’s decision to make a permanent home for hybrids in its stable. And we have the LaFerrari to thank for that.
Ferrari debuted its first-ever hybrid hypercar back in 2013. The LaFerrari was an instant success, cementing its status as a collectible item. Ferrari only produced 499 units of the LaFerrari, exiting the hybrid sphere for a good few years, until now.
The Ferrari SF90 Stradale is a roadgoing hybrid supercar, powered by a combination of a 4.0-litre V8 and three electric motors. The V8 in question makes 769hp. Of the three lithium-ion powered motors, one sits over the rear axle, while two are located up front. Together, they contribute 217hp to the Stradale, bringing the total to an impressive 986hp and 800Nm.
Meet the most powerful road-going Ferrari ever.
Many Firsts for Ferrari
In itself, Ferrari unveiling a series production hybrid supercar is a first for a company so steeped in history. But then again, the firm got here by heeding the call of time and staying ahead of the curve. For the first time ever, a Ferrari sports car will feature all-wheel-drive, claimed by the SF90 Stradale. Pairing the engine and AWD is an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Equipped with a state-of-the-art drivetrain, the hybrid Ferrari sprints to the ton in 2.7 seconds, 200kph in a scant 6.7 seconds. Top speed is quoted at 340kph.
Of course, it’s a hybrid, so it should offer an all-electric driving experience. The SF90 Stradale goes 25km purely on electricity, clocking 135kph at the peak, and plug-in charging capabilities. But what makes it so different from the other super-hybrids out there, apart from sheer power?
Ferrari has used extensive aerodynamic accessories that really set the Stradale apart from its peers. The front section of the car’s chassis is 15mm higher than the centre. That directs more airflow to the vortex generators. Using this and assorted active aero bits, the SF90 produces 390kg of downforce at 250kph. Ferrari says the downforce the “new benchmark for downforce and efficiency in high-performance road cars.”
The Manettino now toggles between all-new driving modes leveraging the power of three electric motors and a powerful V8.
Ferrari’s new cabin styling features a massive wraparound 16.0-inch HD screen, an advanced head-up display, and an F1-inspired cockpit. The steering proudly sports the Manettino switch that toggles between four driving modes: eDrive, Hybrid, Performance, and Qualify. The first two drive modes utilize electric power, with the eDrive mode driving the car solely using the motors. In Hybrid mode, the car switches between the V8 and motors for optimum efficiency.
The turbocharges V8 takes centre stage in Performance and Qualify driving modes. It charges the electric motors as it drives the Stradale in Performance mode. Qualify mode is where all hell breaks loose as the engine and motors come together. As the name implies, Qualify driving mode is best enjoyed on the racetrack.
Despite packing so much impressive technology, and what are essentially two prime movers, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale weighs in at 1,570kg. That is roughly 13kg less than the LaFerrari’s weight figure. The chassis is 20 percent stiffer and 40 percent more torsionally rigid than previous performance platforms. All this is achieved without adding unnecessary weight.
Expect the Ferrari SF90 Stradale to become commercially available from the end of this year. And expect it be extremely expensive.