This new chassis architecture will underpin all future models.
Ferrari has officially started development of a brand new chassis architecture that will underpin all future models starting with the replacement for the California, which is due out in the next two to three years. Considering the fact that the automaker will be using the chassis for the majority of its model lineup, the design needs to be incredibly flexible. The plan is to use the chassis not only for its mid-engine sports cars but also for its equally bonkers front-engined GT cars. No word on whether the architecture will be used for future hypercars.
The strategy of using a single chassis architecture across an entire model range is nothing new in the automotive industry. In fact, rivals McLaren have been using a single chassis strategy for years. Many assumed that Ferrari would use this opportunity to "modernize" its production philosophy. However that does not seem to be the case. Rather than create a chassis that is centered around a carbon fiber monocoque like McLaren, Ferrari is sticking with an aluminum construction. It is certainly an interesting move considering that McLaren and other competitors have seen a lot of success in using a carbon fiber monocoque. Ferrari reportedly stuck with aluminum due to its affinity for the material's ease of use.
Sticking with aluminum also allows Ferrari to keep maintenance and repairs costs significantly lower than those on a carbon fiber-based vehicle. All of this sounds good, but where does the "imported from Detroit" part come into play? Well, the new chassis was developed in part by American company Altair Product Design. The guys have actually been working with Maranello for more than a decade. According to Ferrari, the engineers at the American company were able to produce a design that is over 15% lighter than anything the automaker has used before. According to Royston Jones, Altair Product Design's CTO, the new design will offer "outstanding weight/performance characteristics.” Sounds good to us.