2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale: What Makes It the Fastest Ferrari Road Car Ever?
The cool technology behind Maranello’s hottest hypercar.
“On the road, things happen much faster than in the 488 Pista,” claims test driver Raffaele de Simone of the 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale. “Train your neck and your reactions,” he says, hinting that Ferrari’s new 986-hp high-tech hypercar will generate truly prodigious levels of grip while feeling as fast and agile as a race car. “You can go through corners so much quicker.”
The SF90 is a benchmark Ferrari. It is the most powerful Ferrari road car yet. It’s also the quickest, with a claimed 0-60 mph acceleration time of less than 2.5 seconds, with the 0-124 mph sprint taking just 6.7 seconds. So far, so Maranello … But here’s where it gets really interesting. The SF90 is the first flagship Ferrari since the F40 not to have a V-12 engine. What’s more, it’s also the first ever plug-in hybrid Ferrari, the first all-wheel-drive mid-engine Ferrari, the first Ferrari to use brake-by-wire technology, and the first Ferrari sports car fitted with electric power steering.
That smell? Tradition, smoldering in a dumpster. It might have the old-school prancing horse shield on the front fenders and the drive select buttons arranged in a structure on the center console designed to look like the iconic metal shiftgate, but the SF90 is very much a Ferrari of the here and now, a road car clearly developed by a company whose Formula 1 team is part of its in-house design and engineering expertise and not the result of an expensive sponsorship deal. “It represents the pinnacle of what Ferrari is capable of doing,” says SF90 product manager Matteo Turconi.
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