The Ferrari F8 launched so hard that the front wheels lifted off the ground.
The Ferrari F8 Tributo has already proven to be a formidable supercar, having humiliated a 992-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet at the drag strip despite the two cars being evenly matched in the performance department. In stock form, the Ferrari F8 is powered by a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 generating a colossal 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Ferrari claims this setup enables the mid-engine supercar to reach 62 mph in 2.9 seconds from a standstill, so it should be capable of setting some blistering quarter-mile times. Which is exactly what it did at the drag strip in the following video.
To get the best results, the supercar was switched to Race mode. With launch control activated and using stock tires, the F8 achieved a quarter-mile time of 10.33 seconds at 138.09 mph. That's already extremely impressive for a rear-wheel-drive supercar, especially considering the F8 is heavier than Ferrari claims, but the owner knew that his car was capable of setting a sub-ten-second time. To improve the car's traction, a set of Toyo R888R tires were fitted to the rear axle, but the result was practically identical with a quarter-mile time of 10.33 seconds at 138.5 mph.
After experimenting with the settings, switching to CT-Off mode improved the time by around a tenth of a second, dropping the quarter-mile sprint to 10.22 seconds at 138.5 mph.
In the next run, the F8 set its quickest time yet with a long hold launch control, setting a time of 10.12 seconds at 142.28 mph. This may have been the fastest run of the day, but it wasn't the most dramatic. Switching the electronic stability control off enabled the F8 to launch harder at 5,000 rpm, causing the front wheels to lift off the ground. It's not every day you see a Ferrari F8 pop a wheelie, albeit a small one.
After slamming back onto the track, the F8 set a slower time of 10.4 seconds at 139 mph. With more practice, the F8 has the power and launch control to set a nine-second quarter-mile time in the right conditions, so watch this space.