Ferrari SF90 Stradale Hybrid Hypercar no Match for Tesla

The SF90 Stradale is the fastest Ferrari ever – almost 1,000 horsepower thanks to a V8 and three electric motors.

They line up like this:

V8: 769 HP

Electric motor 1: 148 HP

Electric motor 2+3: 84 HP

Total theoretical power of the entire system is limited slightly by the output of the battery pack, providing a maximum 217 horsepower from the three motors. That, added to the V8’s power, brings us 986 horsepower.

One just can’t help but wonder what the purpose of this car is.

A hybrid (even a plug-in like this one) vehicle is generally purchased for fuel economy or to help the environment, etc.

None of that is a factor here.

In fact on battery-power alone, the car only travels 16 miles.

So why do you need one?

Bragging rights – it is a Ferrari after all and the fastest one at that, albeit, a hybrid.

Shifts are now 30% faster at 0.2 seconds.

There is torque-vectoring AWD.

It has a 211 MPH top speed and beets the LaFerrari around the test track by a second.

Tim Stevens has more details at CNET.

The challenge for Ferrari is the Tesla Roadster (below) does 0-60 in 1.9 seconds and needs no gas.

This gets us back to the point of a plug-in hybrid. What is it needed for in a hypercar? All this coordination between gas and electric motors and so many more moving parts… Why? To make a slower car?

We know what you’re thinking. But Rich, the sound of an Italian engine is like an audiophile symphony. Agreed.

A Tesla is no Ferrari and perhaps never will be but there was a time a Ferrari had speed bragging rights. Those days, it seems are now gone.