Ferrari Working On New Hypercar


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Ferrari had a very busy 2019. The F8 Tributo, SF90 Stradale, and Roma all had their respective debuts. The Italian marque already stated that 2020 will be far less busy, but things will crank up again the following year. In 2021, the long-awaited SUV or, as Ferrari prefers to call it, "FUV," will have its premiere. The Purosangue SUV, as Auto Express was recently told by Ferrari chief technology officer Michael Lieters, will utilize the company's front-engined architecture, which can be adapted to accommodate a V6, V8, or V12 engine.

"The modularity is there, and especially on the front-engined architecture, we have to foresee many more models. We have a 2+2, we have a 4+, we are thinking about Purosangue, and so on," Lieters said. More than likely, the Purosangue will utilize a plug-in power setup and will come with a V12. Yes, a V12 PHEV SUV is what will face off against the Lamborghini Urus and Aston Martin DBX.

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But Auto Express was told something even more interesting by Ferrari's chief marketing officer, Enrico Galliera: more details about the next hypercar. "Yes, we are working on the next hypercar, which will come after 2022," Galliera said.

Interestingly, he added that this so far unnamed model will not offer a power output in excess of the SF-90's 986 hp plug-in hybrid setup. No, Ferrari is going even more extreme here, as it should. Galliera hinted this more hardcore approach will focus on lightness, controllability, and aerodynamics. In other words, a potential rival for the also upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie which, if you recall, will not have hybrid power.

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Ferrari also isn't done developing its naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12, though combining it with battery tech is sounding less likely. "To be honest, electrifying a V12 means creating, very probably, a heavy and big car," Galliera said. "So electrification ideally should be coupled with smaller engines." He also made clear an all-electric Ferrari is not in the near-term plan.

Once the launch of the Ferrari Purosangue is completed, it sounds like the next big project will be the hypercar which, no doubt, become an instant icon.

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