Mystery Ferrari Prototype Is More Special Than It Appears

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A new halo model for the prancing horse is incoming.

There are a few places in the world where you're likely to find some special machinery. South Africa's Northern Cape is a hive for hot-weather testing and Germany's Nurburgring is home to the benchmark proving grounds for any car under development. But in Italy, a racetrack that goes by the name of Fiorano is where a select breed of high-pedigree horses strut their stuff in preparation for their time on the world's roads and racetracks. That's Ferrari's home ground and where the video below comes from, depicting what looks like a black LaFerrari. But the truth is, what you see is not a LaFerrari, but rather the hybrid hypercar's forthcoming successor.

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Little is known at this stage, but we can glean some information from the test mule in shot here. For one, the triangular warning stickers on this prototype indicate that it's a hybrid. It has been made common knowledge that the era of natural aspiration and even forced induction on its own is coming to an end, so it would be fair to assume that the next-gen Ferrari hypercar will adopt a combination of gasoline power and hybrid assistance. What remains to be seen is whether it employs a plug-in system like the nearly 1,000-horsepower SF90 Stradale or a more traditional hybrid system as in the case of the LaFerrari, which paired a naturally aspirated V12 and hybrid assistance. From the sounds produced in this video, it would appear the new prototype is using a V12 engine, one which we strongly suspect will not utilize any form of forced induction.

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It's still early days, but there are a few notable changes here as well. Stylistically, the prototype lacks the central fin on the front bumper that the LaFerrari had, and the side air intake has also been redesigned entirely. The roof and rear windows also have a new design that appears to bear a resemblance to those of the SF90. Unlike the LaFerrari, which had center-locking wheels, the ones on this prototype feature a traditional 5 lug nut design. These all line up with previous spy shots of a camo-clad version.

The new Ferrari hypercar is expected to be revealed at some stage in 2022, but if it is to supersede the rest of the roster as a true halo model, we can expect outputs greater than the 986 hp produced by the SF90. We'll likely find out more in due course, and we expect later spy shots to reveal more of the new model's bespoke bodywork, too.

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