Multi-million dollar Ferrari supercar makes its first partial showing months before the final hybrid-powered car is due to be completed.
Ferrari has given the first hint of its upcoming new supercar, the first since the Ferrari Enzo that was named after the Italian marque’s founder.
But forget schmick red paint jobs, sleek sports car lines and powerful engines – the first glimpse of the new Ferrari supercar was of a dull grey carbon fibre shell.
Sitting among the gleaming new Ferraris at the 2012 Paris motor show was the carbon fibre structure of the upcoming new car.
The new Ferrari supercar is set to become the first hybrid car in the Italian brand’s illustrious history.
The as-yet-unnamed supercar will step is for the likes of the Enzo, F50 and F40, with some suggesting it could pick up the “F” nomenclature again, potentially as the F70 (the Enzo was tipped to be called the F60).
Details of the new Ferrari supercar are scarce, although the finished car is due to be shown early in 2013, possibly at either January’s Detroit motor show or March’s Geneva motor show.
A Ferrari press release largely outlined what was already known – including that the car would use an innovative carbon fibre chassis.
As previously reported by Drive, the Enzo replacement will employ hybrid power, a first for a Ferrari.
What engine the electric motor/s will be teamed is yet to be confirmed. Speculation has also been rife that the Ferrari Enzo replacement will drop the traditional V12 engine in place of a turbocharged V8.
The Ferrari press release read: “Ferrari continues to invest heavily in innovation and is planning to launch the first hybrid model in its history in the near future.”
Ferrari says the chassis for its new supercar will be “20 per cent lighter than the Enzo” and that “torsional rigidity is increased by 27 per cent and beam stiffness is up by 22 per cent”.
As for the timing of the reveal of the carbon-fibre chassis, it coincided with the reveal of the McLaren P1 , with some suggesting it was designed as a partial spoiler to the P1.
The P1 is the spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1 of the early 1990s and was one of the stars of the Paris motor show.