Ferrari has unveiled the SF90 Stradale, its first PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric) supercar.
For the uninitiated, “SF” stands for Scuderia Ferrari, and the “90” symbolises the brand’s 90th anniversary.
ELECTRIC PRANCING HORSE?
The SF90 Stradale is not a full electric car, but it is significant because it is the carmaker’s first series-production PHEV.
Obviously, the PHEV drivetrain will incorporate elements from Ferrari’s Formula 1 programme. Formula 1, however, does not have PHEVs. The racecars fielded by the various teams have petrol-electric drivetrains.
Nonetheless, the lessons learned with regard to this type of drivetrain would have been carried over into this new V8-powered supercar.
WHAT’S POWERING THE SF90 STRADALE?
The supercar has a mid-mounted turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 kicking out 769hp (780 CV) and 800Nm of torque. The V8 is the most powerful one that Ferrari has ever produced.
There are three electric motors that deliver another 217hp (162kW), and a 7.9kWh battery.
HOW FAST DOES THIS ITALIAN STALLION GO?
Ferrari says it will do zero to 100km/h in 2.5 seconds, and zero to 200km/h in 6.7 seconds. That’s really fast.
On average, most hot hatches take about 6.5 seconds to accomplish the century sprint. The car’s top speed is rated at 340km/h.
It stops really quickly, too. Ferrari claims that the stopping distance from 100km/h to zero is 29.5 metres.
DOES THIS MEAN ZERO-EMISSIONS DRIVING?
Yes. The Ferrari SF90 Stradale has a claimed pure electric range of 25km. However, the car is said to still manage a top speed of 135km/h.
In electric mode, only the front wheels of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale are driven.
WHAT ELSE MAKES THE FERRARI SF90 STRADALE UNIQUE?
There’s a new eManettino dial on the lower left of the steering wheel. This enables the driver to select one of four different power unit management modes.
The standard Manettino, is still located on the lower right of the steering wheel. It continues to let the driver toggle between the different drive modes.
Each mode changes the car’s various settings, which include the drivetrain, suspension and traction control.
In a first for the brand, the analogue instrument cluster is replaced by a 16-inch digital HD screen.