Junior LaFerrari, anyone?
Ferrari's been toying with hybrids for years now. Almost a decade, in fact. It's yet to bring any electrified vehicle to market this side of the million-dollar LaFerrari, but from the looks of it, that's about to change.
Spotted undergoing testing at the Fiorano test track next to the factory in Maranello appears to be a hybrid supercar prototype. It looks about the size of the 488 GTB, but that telltale voltage-warning sign on the door hints at the battery power underneath. And from what we're hearing, it won't be anywhere near as expensive as that last hypercar.
The Prancing Horse marque first started developing its own hybrid powertrain when the FIA instituted the Kinetic Energy Recovery System in 2009. The following year at Geneva, it showcased how the technology might be implemented for the road in the 599 HY-KERS concept, based on the 599 GTB Fiorano but fitted with an electric assist.
It took another few years, though, before it actually put its electrified powertrain into production (however limited), mating the 6.3-liter V12 with an electric motor to make the hybrid LaFerrari. Now the trickle-down effect seems to be taking hold as the Italian automaker prepares to slot this hybrid supercar in above the 488.
According to The Supercar Blog (which first published these spy shots), the new model is slated to be revealed to select customers in December. And when it does, it'll likely blow the doors off even the 488 Pista. And that'd be quite the feat, considering what Maranello's most hardcore eight-cylinder model can do. With 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque on tap, the Pista will rocket from 0-62 mph in under 2.9 seconds, top out at 211 mph, and (crucially) lap the Fiorano track where this prototype was spotted in 1:21.5 – less than two seconds off the pace set by LaFerrari.