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0-100km/k in 2.5 seconds? In a Hybrid? Introducing the SF90 Stradale

By Terry Christodoulou 29/05/2019

Ushering in a new chapter in its storied history, Ferrari has unveiled the SF90 Stradale – the marque’s first ever plug-in hybrid and the fastest road car it has ever produced.

At the heart of the car is the reworked version of Ferrari’s multi-award-winning twin-turbo V8 in combination with three electric motors – one mounted on the rear between the engine and gearbox and two on the front axle.

The ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) produces 574kW, the trio of electric motors add a further 162kW, known as the MGUK (Motor Generator Unit Kinetic) a derivate of its Formula 1 application, for a staggering total of 736kW. The result is 100km/h in 2.5 seconds and an incredible 0-200km/h in 6.7 seconds.

In a car teeming with firsts, the two front motors make this the company’s first all-wheel drive effort. The two electric engines on each wheel create a torque vectoring all-wheel drive system, RAC-E, which cleverly and intuitively applies more power to the outside wheels through the corners. Advanced aerodynamics, meanwhile, can deliver up to 390kg of downforce at 250km/h.

Also of note is Ferrari’s first series-production multi-material chassis. It makes use of lightweight materials aluminium and carbon-fibre, giving the car a dry kerb weight of 1570kg, 15kg less than the LaFerrari.

The complex technology is delivered through four power unit modes. The eDrive mode turns the SF90 into a front-drive electric car, scooting silently up to 135km/h on battery power alone. Hybrid mode is the car’s default setting, automatically switching off the ICE but still allowing access to all power. Performance keeps the engine running, charging the battery while keeping the car turned up and Qualify mode summons every part of the powertrain with precedence to performance over battery replenishing.

Of course, Ferrari’s are also about alluring Italian beauty – and the SF90 Stradale’s
exterior is designed to balance contemporary, somewhat angular style with a few nods to the past.

The beauty extends inside with a pared back new design alongside a new keyless entry system and another first in the head-up display.

For the first time clients can choose between the standard car and the Assetto Fiorano specification, a sports-oriented specification with GT-racing-derived shock absorbers, extra lightweight features (saving a further 30kg), high downforce carbon fibre rear spoiler and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres.

By the number the SF90 Stradale looks like a competitor to the much lauded and exclusively sold LaFerrari. However, unlike that car, the SF90 will have no sales restrictions and will be available to all comers with large enough wallets.

Australian pricing for the SF90 Stradale has yet to be revealed although comments from Ferrari bosses position it between the 812 Superfast and the LaFerrari at around $1 million to $1.5 million when it is released this time next year.

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