The 2018 Ferrari SF90 Stradale is the company’s first mass-market plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
The SF90 Stradale pays homage to the iconic Tuscan circuit while also commemorating the team’s 90th anniversary. It’s no surprise that its designation, SF90, matches that of the identical single-seater racing in the Formula One championship this year.
A V8 engine and three electric motors power Ferrari’s hybrid. It stands out for its exceptional performance, which places it at the pinnacle of its class and the V8 series. It also has excellent handling for a vehicle of this size. Drivers with minimal expertise in extreme sports driving can enjoy the Stradale without risk thanks to pre-configured operating modes and dynamic control systems.
Ferrari’s first plug-in hybrid
Motoring purists and those familiar with the Cavallino’s renowned aura may be cautious of the phrases “plug-in hybrid” and “Ferrari” being used in the same sentence. It appears to be a forced match. Any reservations, on the other hand, dissolve in the face of overwhelming evidence: The combined horsepower is 1,000.
The SF90 Stradale has a 4-liter, 780-hp V8 heat engine under the hood. Three electric motors function in tandem with the V8: two on the front axle and one between the heat engine and the transmission.
The new Stradale’s primary disadvantage as a decent hybrid is its 1,570 kg weight. Ferrari engineers altered the vehicle’s chassis and aerodynamics to compensate.
The chassis is based on a complete reworking of the Ferrari 488 GTB’s architecture. On the one hand, new materials are employed to sustain the hybrid system’s weight, as well as to handle the stress caused by the car’s power and all-wheel drive.
The most significant advancements are in aerodynamics, with solutions patented by the brand. An intelligent movable flap that remains open at high speeds to reduce drag, but closes when braking, cornering, or making rapid changes in direction to increase aerodynamic grip.
The turbocharged V8 gasoline engine in the Stradale delivers the best performance in this class. Maranello engineers raised the displacement from 3,902 cc to 3,990 cc based on the F154 engine (International Engine of the Year award for the 4th consecutive year). As a result, the V8 produces 800 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm and the segment’s greatest specific power output: 195 hp/l.
The Stradale is powered by three electric motors that provide a total of 220 horsepower (162 kW). The SF90 is a four-wheel-drive vehicle. However, the Ferrari can change its configuration and drive as a front-wheel-drive electric vehicle for 25 kilometers at a top speed of 135 kilometers per hour thanks to the electric motors (135 mph).
When the Qualify mode is enabled, the Stradale unleashes its 1000 hp, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 100 in 2.5 seconds, 0 to 200 in 6.7 seconds, and a top speed of 340 km/h (battery permitting), with maximum recovery every time the throttle is lifted.
The Ferrari hybrid is equipped with the f1 8-speed dual clutch gearbox to convey the combined power of 1000 horsepower to the ground. The clutch has a big change: it no longer has a reverse gear because the front electric motors take care of that.
For the first time in Ferrari’s history, the Stradale is available in two versions: a basic version and a sportier version known as Asseto Fiorano.
The name of Ferrari’s own test track, Fiorano, already gives away some of the innovative ideas used to cut weight and improve performance:
Thanks to the incorporation of extra light elements in carbon fiber and titanium, the weight of the vehicle has been reduced by 30 kg.
Multimatic shock absorbers from GT-Racing.
390 kg of downforce is generated via a carbon fiber rear wing.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires are designed to perform better on dry tracks.
The price of the SF90 Stradale is yet unknown. The first vehicles are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2020 and will cost more than the Ferrari 812 Superfast’s 350,000 €, according to estimations.
Competition for a supercar like the Stradale can only come from high-level opponents while waiting for the upcoming Mercedes-AMG to go into production: the Aston Martin Valkyrie, BMW i8, or McLaren P1.