Prototype Hybrid Ferrari Caught On Camera

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Could this be the upcoming mid-engined Sports Series hybrid model?

There's no doubt that Ferrari will introduce hybrid powertrains to its lineup, having openly stated it plans to hybridize at least sixty percent of its model range as soon as 2022. The exact details of which models will be receiving electrical assistance and in what engine configuration have been a bit less clear.

What we do know is that a new V6 engine is currently in the design phase and it will be using both turbocharging and hybrid tech to boost its performance levels.

The following spy video dubbed 'Ferrari Dino 488 Hybrid 2019' shows what is clearly a Ferrari test mule roaming the streets of Stuttgart, Germany.

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The footage was taken at night from inside his car on a smartphone so the quality is rather grainy, but the vehicle looks like a mildly disguised 488 and its exhaust sound does not seem to emit the characteristic wail of a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8.

Whether this could be a test mule for the upcoming hybrid is hard to say but Ferrari was deeply involved in the development of the current 2.9-liter twin-turbo engine in the Alfa Romeo Giulia as well as the 3.0-liter turbo V6 used by Maserati, so a development of either of these engines may have been fitted to this car.

The chances of it being called the Dino are not confirmed though, as plans for this entry-level Ferrari were not mentioned in Ferrari Boss Louis Camilleri’s most recent announcements.

Where this hybrid model will fit into the existing model range is unclear and not much more can be gleaned from the video footage either. For all we know, this may have just been someone playing a prank and driving their 488 around with some stickers stuck on it. However, we will know soon enough as the first hybrid-powered Ferrari is due for release sometime next year.

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