In my room, this summer night, the atmosphere is peaceful and so is my mind. Sleep takes me in a few seconds and I wake up 1,000 km from here, in front of a big white building with red shutters, and here is where someone named Enzo might have lived. A Ferrari enters the garden without making a sound. Dreams often cloud the senses… Unless it’s the latest SF90, it’s a 1000 hp Ferrari with a quarter of the power (220 hp to be exact) coming from three electric motors. The two front sides tow this supercar 25km without CO2 emissions2nd thanks to the 8 kWh rechargeable battery in the mains. Funny period.
A corps of men, all dressed in red, next to his mighty body. Apparently in-house pilot instructors. Their invitation was not refused: four laps on the Fiorano circuit, the home improvement circuit where every Ferrari has set foot, including F1, are in the hands of the official drivers. Without too much thought to keep the spell, I get behind the wheel of a Ferrari F8 Tributo just to get the hang of it. One of the red ghosts is my passenger. ” accelerated ; brakes; returned. Three commandments are all it takes to punctuate my movements… and again it blurs my senses. Already powerful with 720 hp and 770 Nm of torque, the F8 Tributo squeezes me into the bottom of the bucket at the hairpin exit, magnetizes me towards the doors on corners and sends my helmet to the steering wheel with every hard brake. What about in my room? It’s possible for me to wake up like a sleepwalker at the other end of my apartment.
If all this were true, I would definitely get behind the wheel of your sister and take my turn for the next session. Compared to the F8 Tributo “laundry”, the SF90 develops more 280 hp and here it comes In Assetto Fiorano version. A kit worth €50,000 (i.e. €493,500 in total, but that’s okay, the controls are virtual too) strengthens the aerodynamic support, replaces the suspension controlled by a passive system with aluminum shock absorbers and titanium springs, and reduces weight by a maximum of 21kg. This time, even alone in the car, I have to follow a pilot fish: someone named Marc Gené, test driver of the Scuderia Ferrari between 2004 and 2014 (and winner of the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Peugeot 908!). My subconscious is doing too much. This dream is no longer believable.
Marc adds a layer to the radio: “ You had a great session before. After two laps you can switch from Race mode to TC Off mode. But beware, there will no longer be traction control and hardly any ESP.. I’m not sure you’ll obey him: the SF90 doesn’t accelerate, it teleports. Its thrust is sudden, sharp, unmatched, it reminds me of no earthly experience, and if I had not been in a dream protected from any risk of accident, I would have already let go of the right pedal. Three seconds of full charge, and the tachometer already shows 240 km/h. Attractive.
Braking hard, getting into the hairpin with a slight understeer, Marc already recommends full acceleration. A front electric motor then drives the inner wheel and The car joins the rope when it needs to expand its trajectory. The physical laws are absolutely alien to dreams… The teleportation continues with renewed vigor and the next turn is already a hit. Compared to the F8, the higher weight of 240 kg is slightly felt when braking. Not a crossover between regenerative and hydraulic braking. However, the energy recovery fluctuates constantly: it goes from the rear electric motor (the only one running over 190 km/h) to the front electric motors (its position allows for more braking power, hence regeneration) and remains secondary by the carbon-ceramic. discs and pads without the slightest interference reaction to the pedal.
Beyond feeling like Charles Leclerc with the track engineer after a qualifying session, the analysis of my session on the computer showed me these complex transitions (brake and accelerator pedal pressures, steering angles, energy recoveries, charge level evolution, etc.). The various curves on the screen also show that in the event of slipping, the heat engine’s torque is not cut off by the ESP, but by the rear electric motor, which sends this excess energy back to the battery. Open ? The more we skate, the more recharge we get. If it’s not positive ecology…
This imaginary parenthesis could end here. However, the journey continues right behind the track, in the buildings where the Ferrari production facilities are located. First, eight or twelve cylinders, depending on the assembly of real engines, the animated model. Here there are few machines and many craftsmen meticulously tuning these masterpieces amid cars filled with connecting rods, pistons, crankshafts and famous cylinder heads painted red like their blouses and walls.
The miracle culminates in the second building, where bare crates come in and rolling Ferraris come out. Between these two phases? A giant Lego game organized piecemeal on a sliding road that goes up a notch every 25 minutes. In this village, where people and machines seem to live in harmony, hot spots, a moment not to be missed: the “marriage” between body and powertrain, according to the holy name. It’s gorgeous and different depending on whether it produces a Ferrari Roma (with front engine and rear gearbox) or an F8 Tributo (all at the rear, hence more compact). The Portofino M is somewhat rarer on chains, as opposed to bodies painted in red, which is the main colour. Isn’t it incredible?
Before visiting the nearby museum (You can find it at the link below), in a brand new building unlike any other, a final exploration awaits me. Wait here all the cars of the customers of the program Ferrari Corse CustomerFrom the first FXX of 2004 (an Enzo with an 800 hp V12) to the last FXX K Evo (a LaFerrari built on the same principle and reaching 1,050 hp). Ultra-limited versions unapproved on the open road and managed by Ferrari to maintain and deliver to the most beautiful tracks on the planet. Enough to offer their owners more driving sensation than production Ferraris provide, and collect data to develop the brand’s future supercars. Is there a better job for the wealthiest Prancing Horse enthusiasts? Yes, as the second floor showed me…
This second toy box lists dozens of Formula 1 cars from Niki Lauda’s Ferrari 312 T (12-cylinder straight 500 hp) to Fernando Alonso’s F2012 (penultimate season of naturally aspirated V8s). Except that this isn’t a home collection, but the owner’s cars. Like their ground-floor counterparts, they can move their single-seater on special occasions around the track, always coached by my pilot fish, Marc Gené. For some lucky guys, the dream doesn’t stop at the first bell of the alarm clock. Definitely the next dodo.
TO READ. Exclusive visit to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello.
Ferrari SF90 datasheet
Luggage volume: 74 liters
Tank capacity: 68 l
Tires: 255/35 R20 front, 315/30 ZR20 rear
Curb weight: minimum 1,549 kg
Combustion engine: V8 twin-turbo petrol, 3,990 cc3
Power: 780 hp at 7,500 rpm
Torque: 800 Nm at 6,000 rpm
Electric motors: three machines, 220 hp combined
Combined power and torque: 1,000 hp and 1,070 Nm
Battery capacity: 7.9kWh
Electric range: 25 km
Transmission: permanent all-wheel drive
Transmission: robotized dual clutch and 8 gears
Maximum speed: 340 km/h