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.