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Ferrari Doesn’t Want to Build an F1-Powered Hypercar

If you want a road car with an F1-derived V6, you’ll have to buy a Mercedes.

Ferrari Chief Technical Officer Michael Leiters toldAutocar that the automaker has no intention to adapt its current F1 engine for use in a road car. He revealed this when talking about Ferrari’s eventual plans for a successor to the LaFerrari.

“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.

Quoted from roadandtrack.comDEAN SMITH


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