Two videos could show Ferrari’s next hybrid supercar – Robb report
Even when it comes to testing cars, Ferrari can’t help but turn heads.
Late last week, a mysterious supercar was spotted roaming the streets surrounding the Italian brand’s Maranello factory. It wasn’t just any test car covered in digi-camo, either. Instead, it’s finished in a striking Vantablack-like shade and emits a distinct chirp that makes enthusiasts wonder if this is the brand’s next hybrid.
Automakers cover test cars in garish camouflage so that their design, aside from the general shape, is difficult to distinguish. But Ferrari has gone one step further with its latest prototype. It is not known if the car is actually coated with Vantablack, a pigment developed by Surrey NanoSystems that absorbs 99.965% of light, but the vehicle’s matte tint is so black that it is virtually impossible to perceive details. The eagle-eyed enthusiast who captured the footage also said the color prevented the camera from focusing even on the moving vehicle.
Based on form alone, however, the car’s body appears to be quite similar to that of the SF90 Stradale, Ferrari’s first hybrid. Interestingly, the prototype was captured in two videos last week, both of which were posted to YouTube on Friday. In the first, the car is finished only in the Vantablack color; in the second, silver stickers have been added to the bodywork and lights. It is possible that the videos show two different test cars, but the shape and the flat black base suggests that they are at least of the same model.
The clips feature another tantalizing clue of what’s to come: the sound of the engine. In both videos, but especially in the second, you can hear the prototype engine purring loudly. That mill produces a distinctly V-6-like chirp, Motor1.com points out, suggesting the prototype could be the brand’s V-6 hybrid supercar.
In February, reports circulated that this car had a hybrid powertrain consisting of a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and a smaller electric motor that produced a 700-horsepower handset. The vehicle, if it goes into production, would fit under the 986-horsepower SF90 Stradale and possibly replace the F8 Tributo.
Ferrari did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the test car.
The fact that a new supercar is being tested on the streets of Maranello suggests that more details should follow soon. While some purists may shake their heads at the idea of a V-6-powered Ferrari, let alone a hybrid, we fall on a different camp: Any new offering from the Prancing Horse is reason for excitement.