On its web site, 458 Italia.”
Rory Byrne, the Ferrari F1 designer that’s been involved in 11 world championships for the team, has spent three years contributing to chassis development. That chassis will be laid up by hand in the company’s F1 composites department, each chassis composed of different kinds of carbon fiber and cured in an autoclave, F1 monocoque-style. That’s part of where the lighter weight and vastly heightened torsional and beam rigidity versus the Enzo comes from. Just behind the tub – and behind the driver’s back – will be the batteries and fuel tank, again, just as on an F1 car.
The cockpit will be personalized to the driver in a way that is rare among road cars, with each seat made-to-measure for the driver and then set in a fixed position in the cabin. The steering wheel and pedal box will move to accommodate pilots. What’s more, we’re told that “the occupant’s feet are at the same level as the driving position.” That, and the angle of the seatback, will provide “an extraordinarily racy feeling.”
An evolution of the 740-horsepower, 6.3-litre V12 currently found in the F12 Berlinetta will work with the latest HY-KERS and a double-clutch transmission. Ferrari says the powertrain makes the car quicker from 0-to-120 miles per hour, reduces emissions by 40 percent, and improves features like torque vectoring and brake force distribution.
Still no word on what it will be called, but specs like these, by any name, would be just as sweet.