With Charles Leclerc at the wheel, the SF90 hit nearly 150 mph.
Expected in the fall, the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale will be one of the most extreme supercars ever produced by the brand, with its V8 engine and no less than three electric motors producing almost 1,000 horsepower. To minimize the highly unlikely chance of the SF90 ever flying under the radar, it will star in a short film by the name of Le Grand Rendez-vous.
Now, we've learned that the film was officially shot yesterday morning in Monaco, May 24, the very same date that the Monaco Grand Prix was scheduled to take place. A 60-second teaser of the event was shared online, where you can hear the V8's spine-tingling engine note.
News that the Grand Prix was canceled for the first time since 1954 came as a shock, but the SF90 flying through the streets is not a bad replacement. French Director Claude Lelouch was at the helm of the stunning spectacle and the SF90 was driven by Ferrari F1 racing driver, Charles Leclerc. Naturally, traffic was stopped to allow the SF90 Stradale to be fully unleashed on the F1 street circuit. Even HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco briefly appeared in the film.
It's said that Leclerc clocked a top speed just short of 150 mph, which must have made for quite a racket considering that filming took place at dawn. Le Grand Rendez-vous is a remake of the 1976 car movie called C'etait Un Rendez-vous, also directed by Lelouch, and featuring a Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9.
Leclerc couldn't have been happier to be part of the experience. "It was an amazing day, an amazing experience. The car is unbelievable to drive [and] there's so much power," he said. Commenting on the SF90's all-wheel-drive system, Leclerc said that he could still pick up quite a lot of rear-end movement, so it remains a fun-to-drive - yet controllable - machine.
As memorable of an experience as it was, Leclerc confessed to missing racing and said that he can't wait to get back behind the wheel of his F1 car. While we would love to know that our future involves piloting an F1 car, we'll have to settle for the June 13 premiere of Le Grand Rendez-vous. If the original film is anything to go by, the new one should be an epic.