“When we define our new roadmap of technology and innovation, we will then consider a replacement for LaFerrari,” Leiters told Autocar. “We want to do something different. It won’t be a road car with a Formula 1 engine because, to be realistic, it would need to idle at 2500-3000rpm and rev to 16,000 rpm.”
For Mercedes-AMG’s hypercar, codenamed Project One, engine idle speed will be reduced by an unspecified amount, and the redline will be set at a still-stratospheric 11,000 rpm.
Leiters also told Autocar that we’d probably see the successor to the LaFerrari in the not-too-distant future. Typically Ferrari weights nearly a decade between its big mid-engine flagships, but that could change.
“My guess is that we could be three to five years away from a new limited-edition hyper-car,” he said. “Part of the plan is to ensure that the technology used in the next hyper-car can be cascaded through the rest of the range.”
While race-derived engines can be cool, I don’t think anyone would be disappointed to see Ferrari stick with its high-revving V12 for its next hyper-car.