As the shift to hybrid power begins, Lambo is learning from the best.
Lamborghini is well-known for its love of the legendary V12 engine and has made a fortune off cars like the Aventador as a result. But as ever-stricter emissions regulations make it all but impossible to produce a competitive atmospheric engine, Lamborghini must turn to turbocharging and electrification in the quest for more power. Despite the challenges that lie ahead, the Santa'Agata Bolognese-based automaker is still committed to the V12, and it seems that it will opt for hybridization rather than forced induction to achieve its goals. With that in mind, it's no wonder that Lamborghini has been spotted testing the Ferrari SF90 Stradale.
The car was captured at a Lamborghini testing facility wearing hybrid warning decals, indicating that this is a test car. The most likely reason for a Ferrari to be owned by Lamborghini is that the latter is benchmarking the abilities of the former's SF90, with the most probable motivation for this being that the Fezza has a pretty impressive hybrid system. We, therefore, surmise that Lamborghini is hoping to learn something about how Ferrari integrated its hybrid components, possibly using the opportunity to glean info on packaging, performance, and production. This info will surely be used to make the next V12 Lamborghini hybrid better than ever, but there's another possibility too.
Lamborghini has previously said that its replacement for the Huracan will be "a completely new engine, [having] nothing in common with the Urus or Aventador engine." It has been suggested that this could be an all-new sort of twin-turbocharged V8 engine, and guess what? The SF90 is powered by a V8 too. Perhaps Lamborghini isn't benchmarking its Aventador replacement, but rather its Huracan replacement. If that's the case, then we can expect greatly improved performance figures. While the latest Huracan Tecnica produces 631 horsepower, the SF90 Stradale tops out at 986 hp. Could the Huracan successor be a 1,000-hp monster? We're quietly optimistic.