Ferrari mid-engine hybrid supercar captured in spy photos

Ferrari mid-engine hybrid supercar captured in spy photos

With less than a week to go until its debut for VIP clients, Ferrari remains engaged in testing its hybrid V8 supercar. As these spy shots show, the Italian carmaker still insists on giving nothing away. The photographer wasn’t able to figure out any more details, noting only that the camo panels were decorated with yellow triangles warning of electric shocks.

The last intel we got came from Auto, Motor und Sport, the German magazine predicting 1,000 PS (metric horsepower), which is 986 of our ponies. That grunt would come from the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 borrowed from the F8 Tributo, and three electric motors — two on the front axles, one in the gearbox. All-wheel drive and instant torque would get the coupe from zero to 62 miles per hour in no more than 2 seconds, and cornering prowess will increase thanks to e-motor torque vectoring.

Another stroll through the FerrariChat forum says power might be more than the 1,000 CV (cheveaux — metric horsepower again, but in French) indicated even on Ferrari’s invitation to the launch event. A member wrote, “The current numbers doing the rounds are 1,050 — 1,100,” bettors guessing 720 hp from the V8, roughly 200 combined horses from the front axle motors, and anywhere from 150 to 180 hp from the gearbox unit. That would be 1,080 hp at most, which is 1,095 CV.

The looks are inscrutable. It’s clear the door handles are in a different place, above the shoulder line, the front brakes calipers are mighty, and the headlights reveal some severe lines. The motorcycle rider who chased the coupe through the hills above Maranello said he saw squared taillights, but allowed that it could have been the shape of the camouflage openings. A Ferrari owners group from France visited the factory and apparently saw the complete bodywork for the hybrid coupe codenamed F173, describing the car as “wide and flat” with “huge rounded intakes” like half circles, a red body and a black glasshouse. On a side note, they also saw the 812 Spider bodywork, and said it’s beautiful.

Finally, another FC poster wrote that “the name has been already decided and there are very few chances that it will be changed. It will remind us of a Ferrari model launched years ago and also an actual car, a fast one.” Depending on when Ferrari plans a public debut, we have anywhere from six days to three weeks left to play with this puzzle.


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