The Prancing Horse is getting on-board with electric vehicles without compromising any power.
Ferrari has brought in a new chapter in its history with the introduction of its latest supercar, the SF90 Stradale. This hybrid supercar is extreme on every level and represents a real paradigm shift.
It delivers unprecedented performance for a production car. Figures such as 1,000 cv, and a weight-to-power ratio of 1.57 kg/cv, and 390 kg of downforce at 250 km/h not only put the SF90 Stradale at the top of its segment but also mean that a V8 is the top-of-the-range model for the first time in the Italian marque’s history.
The name, SF90 Stradale, is a reference to the 90th anniversary of the foundation of Scuderia Ferrari and underscores the strong link that has always existed between Ferrari’s track and road cars.
The SF90 Stradale also indicates Ferrari’s move towards electrification and future-proofing its products. It has a 90° V8 turbo engine capable of delivering 780 cv, the highest power output of any 8-cylinder in Ferrari history.
The remaining 220 cv is delivered by three electric motors, one at the rear, known as the MGUK (Motor Generator Unit, Kinetic) due to its derivation from the Formula 1 application, located between the engine and the new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission on the rear axle, and two on the front axle.
If you think this complicated system will make for a more complicated driving experience, think again. It is really quite simple. All the driver has to do it to select one of the four power unit modes, and drive. The sophisticated control logic takes care of the rest, managing the flow of power between the V8, the electric motors and the batteries.
For the first time, the SF90 Stradale is equipped with a 4WD battery, a step necessary to allow the incredible power unleashed by the hybrid powertrain to be fully exploited. All these power enables the car to become the new benchmark for standing starts: 0-100km/h in 2.5 sec and 0-200km/h in just 6.7 seconds.
Keeping their clientele in mind, this time around clients can choose between the standard car and a version with a more sports-oriented specification.
Some of the specifications include significant upgrades, including special GT racing-derived Multimatic shock absorbers, extra lightweight features made from high-performance materials such as carbon-fibre (door panels, underbody) and titanium (springs, entire exhaust line), resulting in a weight-saving of 30 kg.
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