Car’s name celebrates 90th anniversary of Ferrari racing team
Ferrari has launched its most powerful road car, the SF90 Stradale which, the company says, “introduces a new chapter in its history” because the car is a plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle.
“The new model is extreme on every level and represents a true paradigm shift, because it delivers unprecedented performance for a production car,” Ferrari said, noting that the car sprints to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds, doubles that speed in 6.7 seconds, has a top speed of 211 miles per hour and lapped the Fiorano test track in 79 seconds.
The car also can stop from 62 mph in less than 100 feet.
“The car’s name encapsulates the true significance of all that has been achieved in terms of performance,” the company said. “The reference to the 90th anniversary of the foundation of Scuderia Ferrari underscores the strong link that has always existed between Ferrari’s track and road cars.”
Power is provided by a 3,990cc V8 engine supplemented by three electric motors that provide 162 kW. The electric system can drive the car 25 kilometers without engaging the gasoline-fueled engine. The engine is rated at 769 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission and to the front full-electric axle by a 2-speed gear system.
“This sophisticated system does not, however, make for a more complicated driving experience,” Ferrari said. “Quite the opposite, in fact: the driver simply has to select one of the four power unit modes, and then just concentrate on driving. The sophisticated control logic takes care of the rest, managing the flow of power between the V8, the electric motors and the batteries.”
Ferrari said the car’s design “is epoch-changing from a stylistic perspective as it completely rewrites the mid-rear-engined sports berlinetta proportions introduced on the 360 Modena twenty years ago, instead taking its inspiration from Ferrari’s recent supercars.
“A good example is the cockpit, which has a smaller frontal section and is placed closer to the front of the car to reduce drag. This was also achieved without impacting on-board comfort.”
The steering wheel includes a touchpad and haptic buttons that allow the driver to control seemingly every aspect of the car with their thumbs.
The car is available with Assetto Fiorano specification that includes upgrades such as GT racing-derived Multimatic shock absorbers, lightweight door panels and underbody, titanium springs and exhaust, as well as a special high-downforce rear spoiler and soft-compound Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires.