Green machine: Ferrari‘s 211mph SF90 Stradale is its first ever PLUG-IN HYBRID supercar that will cost around £400k and go 15 miles using only electric power
Ferrari today charges ahead with its first ever series-production petrol-electric hybrid supercar that you can plug in from your domestic mains to give an added performance boost.
The Italian firm says its new 211mph SF90 Stradale is ‘the most powerful Ferrari ever’ developing a total of 1,000 horsepower – equivalent to ten Ford Fiestas – that helps it accelerate from rest to 62mph in just 2.5 seconds and up to 124mph in 6.7 seconds.
And it can travel up to 15.5 miles (25km) in zero-emissions electric power only – allowing it to enter cities which ban use of conventional petrol engines.
PHEV power: This is the all-new SF90 Stradale, Ferrari‘s first ever plug-in hybrid you can charge from the mains in your house
Prices have yet to be announced but are expected to start from just under £400,000 for the first V8-engined Ferrari to top the Prancing Horse range. First deliveries are expected from early next year.
The SF90 Stradale is also the first Ferrari sports car to be equipped with 4-wheel drive which it says is necessary ‘to allow the incredible power unleashed by the hybrid powertrain to be fully exploited‘.
The new SF90 Stradale was unveiled at Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello, Italy and will set a ‘new benchmark’, the iconic Italian maker said.
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It takes its name from the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the racing team Scuderia Ferrari, emphasising the strong link between the firm’s track and road cars.
Its turbo-charged 4.0 litre V8 petrol engine linked to an eight-speed F1-style dual clutch automatic gearbox develops a total of 780 horsepower.
When added to the 220hp from three electric motors – one on each front axle and a third set between the engine and the gear-box in technology derived from F1 – that totals 1,000 horses.
he Italian firm says its new 211mph SF90 Stradale is ‘the most powerful Ferrari ever’ developing a total of 1,000 horsepower
This overtakes even the limited edition £1.1m LaFerrari, which until now was the most powerful Ferrari at 963hp – a combination of 800hp from its V12 engine and 163hp from its hybrid drive.
Ferrari says the SF90 Stradale introduces a new chapter in its history as the firm’s first series production PHEV – or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle to you and I.
It says the new model is ‘extreme on every level’ and represents ‘a true paradigm shift’ by delivering ‘unprecedented performance for a production car’.
The incredible performance figures also mean that – for the first time in the marque‘s long history – a V8 is the top-of-the-range model it offers.
Although Ferrari says it won’t announce prices until after it has presented cars to potential clients later this week, it hints that it will be ‘less than LaFerrari but more than an 812 Superfast’, putting its between £1.1m and £260,000.
Experts estimate between £375,000 and just under £400,000.
The Ferrari SF90 Stradale can accelerate from rest to 62mph in just 2.5 seconds and up to 124mph in 6.7 seconds
Switch it into eDrive mode and it can travel up to 15.5 miles (25km) in zero-emissions electric power only. It‘s ideal if you don‘t want to wake the neighbours in the morning, Ferrari says
The new Ferrari plug-in hybrid has four driving modes, chosen from a switch on the steering wheel.
The first – eDrive – uses electric power only via from motors on the front axle for up to 15.5 miles as the V8 internal combustion engine stays off.
It‘s said to be ideal for city centre driving or setting off early without waking the neighbours.
Hybrid is the second mode and is also the default setting when you initially turn it on.
Power switches between electric, petrol and a mix of both to maximise efficiency.
Next in the offering is Performance: unlike Hybrid, this mode keeps the petrol engine running to ensure instant power when needed. It‘s best for ‘driving pleasure and fun’, says Ferrari.
Finally there‘s Qualify model, which is ideally for track use as it allows maximum power output, including from electric motors.
The new Ferrari has an entirely digital central instrument cluster with a 16-inch curved high-definition HD screen with 3D effect graphics
The hi-tech steering wheel has a touchpad and buttons ‘that allow the driver to control virtually every aspect of the car using just their thumbs’, the Italian brand states
A high performance lithium ion battery provides power to all three electric motors and guarantees a 15.5 mile in all-electric ‘eDrive mode’ using just the front axle.
When the V8 internal combustion engine is turned off, the two independent front motors deliver a maximum speed of 84mph (135 km/h).
Reverse can only be used in electric eDrive mode which means the car can be manoeuvred at low speeds without using the V8.
The fully-electric front axle also helps cornering, says Ferrari: ‘As well as exclusively providing propulsion in electric drive, the two front motors independently control the torque delivered to the two wheels, extending the concept of Torque Vectoring.
‘It makes driving on the limit much simpler and easier.’
Ferrari stresses: ‘This sophisticated system does not, however, make for a more complicated driving experience. Quite the opposite. The driver simply has to select one of the four power unit modes, and then just concentrate on driving.’
Fuel consumption and emissions figures – though not likely to be anywhere near Toyota Prius levels – have not been released and will be kept under wraps by Ferrari for the time being
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As for the exterior looks, high exhaust pipes dominate the rear and the intake and exhaust system was completely redesigned with ‘meticulous attention’ paid to the Ferrari roar
The computer-control takes care of the rest by managing the flow of power between the V8 engine, the electric motors and the batteries.
To improve weight, rigidity and the centre of gravity, the hybrid car’s chassis and bodyshell use a mix of materials including carbon fibre, and new techniques to dissipate the extra heat generated, and create more aerodynamic down-force to keep the supercar glued to the road.
Inside, the F1-style wrap-around cockpit – lowered by 20mm – is closer to the front of the car to reduce drag and has an entirely digital central instrument cluster with a 16-inch curved high-definition HD screen with 3D effect graphics which can be configured and controlled using a very neat operation on the steering wheel.
The hi-tech wheel has a touchpad and buttons ‘that allow the driver to control virtually every aspect of the car using just their thumbs’, the Italian brand states.
New Ferrari SF90 Stradale: Will it fit in my garage?
Price: £375,000 to £400,000 (estimated)
First deliveries: Early 2020
Top speed: 211mph (340 km/h)
0-62mph ( 100 km/h): 2.5 seconds
0 – 124mph: (0-200 km/h): 6.7 seconds
Braking distance: 62mph to 0mph: 29.5 metres
Laptime at Ferrari’s Fiorano circuit: 79 seconds
Total power: 1,000 horsepower
Internal combustion engine: V8 – 90° – turbo – dry sump
Engine size (mid/rear-engine): 3990 cc
Petrol engine power: 780hp
3 electric motor power: 220hp (162 kW)
Battery capacity: 7.9 kWh
Max. range under electric power only: 15.5 miles (25 km)
Top speed electric only: 84mph
Transmission and gearbox: 8-speed, F1 dual-clutch transmission
Length: 4710 mm
Width: 1972 mm
Height: 1186 mm
Wheelbase: 2650 mm
Weight: 1570 kg
Weight distribution: 45% front – 55% rear
Fuel tank capacity: 68 litres (2 reserve)
Front: 255/35 ZR 20 J9.5
Rear: 315/30 ZR 20 J11.5
Front: 398 x 223 x 38 mm
Rear: 360 x 233 x 32 mm
Dry weight/power: 1.57 kg/horse-power
Fuel consumption and emissions: TBC
Selection of the automatic gearbox controls are via a grille-style feature that is a stylistic nod back to Ferrari’s legendary manual gear-shift gate.
There’s also an F1-style rotary switch for cruise control.
A head-up display also projects all driving data onto the windscreen within the driver’s field of vision to avoid distraction.
The new SF90 Stradale also marks the debut of full keyless technology which will gradually be introduced across the range.
As for the exterior looks, high exhaust pipes dominate the rear and the intake and exhaust system was completely redesigned with ‘meticulous attention’ paid to the Ferrari roar.
Also, for the first time on a Ferrari, customers can also choose between the standard car and a more sports-oriented specification.
The sportier ‘Assetto Fiorano’ – named after the Ferrari test-track – features upgrades including special GT racing-derived Multimatic shock absorbers, extra lightweight carbon-fibre door panels and underbody, titanium springs and exhaust, which together can save up to 30kg.
A high downforce carbon-fibre rear spoiler generates 390 kg of downforce at 155mph.
The Assetto Fiorano also includes Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres, with a softer compound and fewer grooves, to improve performance on the track in the dry.
Stability systems include electronic side slip control, electric traction control, brake-by-wire antilock braking (ABS) and distribution.
Ferrari says: ‘The new brake-by-wire system manages kinetic energy recovery through the electric motors.
‘Under normal braking conditions, energy recovery using the electric motors is the priority. The hydraulic system intervenes to support the electric one under hard braking.’
To keep the weight to 1,570kg, the extra 270kg needed to incorporate the hybrid system has been off-set by weight-saving ideas including all-carbon-fibre bulkhead between the cabin and the engine and two new aluminium alloys.
As a result, the SF90 Stradale chassis boasts 20 per cent higher bending stiffness and 40 per cent higher torsional rigidity than previous platforms without any increase in weight, according to Ferrari‘s information.
The car’s driving dynamics, noise, vibration, and harshness characteristics have also been improved by the use of a new alloy dubbed ‘quiet aluminium’ for the floor pan.
Forged wheels work like a rotor blade managing the flows from inside the wheel-arch to create extra down-force suction.
Fuel consumption and emissions figures – though not likely to be anywhere near Toyota Prius levels – have not been released and will be kept under wraps by Ferrari for the time being.
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