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Ferrari Shows Off The SF90's 986 Horsepower Hybrid System


This is truly the most advanced Ferrari ever built.

After several spy shots emerged of a new hybrid Ferrari supercar, the Prancing Horse revealed its latest creation, the SF90 Stradale. As a further evolution of the LaFerrari, this new supercar now features a plug-in hybrid setup combined with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 769 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque all on its own.

Factor in the SF90's three electric motors and the car churns out an astonishing total of 986 hp. But how exactly does Ferrari's new hybrid system juggle the two powertrains? Well, thanks to the fact the Italian automaker has just released a new video detailing how the SF90's hybrid system delivers such brutal power, we can answer that question.

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Ferrari's new hybrid system includes a new torque vectoring system called RAC-e (Rotation Axis Control-electric). Like the Acura NSX, the front electric motors can send additional torque to the outside wheel during a turn, helping to pivot the car around tighter corners. Having electric motors up front also allows the SF90 to be driven in all-electric front-wheel-drive mode with a range of 25 kilometers (15.5 miles).

As with most plug-in hybrids, energy from the brakes is captured and put back into the batteries for later use. But don't worry if all this hybrid energy stuff sounds a bit boring because the system can still be used to light your hair on fire.

When it's needed or desired, the V8 engine fires up, working in tandem with the electric motors to provide maximum performance. Ferrari says the SF90 will hit 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds and go on to hit 125 mph in 6.7 seconds on its way to a 211 mph top speed. The SF90 will also have various drive modes to control how the hybrid system behaves. Performance Mode keeps the engine on permanently and continually keeps the batteries charged while Qualify Mode uses all available power to set the quickest lap possible. It's part of the reason why a plug-in hybrid supercar like this delivers the best of both worlds.