• Jul 9, 2008
With the release of the California, Ferrari can turn its attention towards developing its next hyper car, and apparently things are well underway. Spy shooters have caught a Maranello mule wearing the trappings of an F360, but what lies beneath could be the next iteration of the F430 or even a successor to the Enzo.
The only thing that tipped-off spies was the central mounting of the exhaust pipes, which usually reside on the far ends of the bumper. Camouflage is covering the side sills and front bumper, but more importantly, Ferrari engineers saw fit to black out the rear window to keep prying eyes away from the mule's mid-mounted engine.

Details are scarce at the moment, but as the summer testing season continues, we expect to hear more about Ferrari's next big thing.

[Source: NextAutos]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      i see plenty of supercars about, and the owners are paying the equivelant of $10 gas so unless american millionaires are poorer than european millionaires i cant see why fuel prices even come into it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Matty:

      There is no need for such sense and intelligent replies on Autoblog. Don't you understand that this is a forum for ragging on posters and weighing in on subjects which people have little to no knowledge in? I would much rather spread my girlfriend's legs and don DG sunglasses while being video taped in night vision.....while bragging how fast my Cobalt SS is....yeah that would be the ticket. Celebrities are the best forms of role models....I love the fact that the Applebee's server spent her last month's paycheck on a Fendi Wallet....and looks at me in disdain at my 18% tip at lunch (the math was easier in this case to round).

      OK people....Matty has a point of socio-economic culture in our country. Its not the money...its the priorities people put on money. The environment isn't exactly at the top of everyone's list, but you should be aware of it. I certainly feel the pain at the pump...but its not like I really need to change my lifestyle yet. Its the mindset to be aware....not an activist. I traded my 550 for a 530 that gets nearly 30mpgs because I have a long commute. In the grand scheme of things...its only like an additional 100 dollars per month in gas I am saving, but hell I could blow that on a bar tab....the fuel saved/ reduced air pollution was a better use...as well as padding my bar budget!

      Its a good move for Ferrari. A lot of petrol heads look up to Ferrari. Whether you think that guy is a wanker driving it or not....you wish it was you. Ferrari is one of the top F1 teams due to the extensive technical R&D work they do....might as well apply some of that ambition to saving the environment directly and indirectly by affecting pop culture a bit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With gas prices passing the $4.00/gallon mark, who cares what Ferrari is doing . . . unless it's a re-style of the ugly California. And if this photographed test mule is a hybrid Ferrari of somesort, even those of us who'll never be able to afford such an expensive car as a Ferrari might be interested in following their take on fuel-efficient technology.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If I can drop 200K on a car, why would I care about $4 per gallon gas?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wake up Phil(!). Even Ferrari . . . yes, FERRARI . . . is looking at more fuel-efficient cars in its future. They're doing research right now on how to maintain the same level of performance of their cars along with cutting emissions and significantly increasing fuel efficiency. Haven't you been keeping up Phil? Welcome to the real world that even Ferrari acknowledges is their future!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Last thing we need is someone this ignorant to be in charge of Ferrari.

        Does anyone honestly think that people who can afford a $100,000+ super car cannot afford $4, $5, hell $10 a gallon?

        If your buying a $850k enzo, last thing your looking at is the fuel economy.

        Lets be serious now, How many ferraris are sold annually? Whats the most miles you have seen on a single Ferrari, 80k, 100k....

        Fix fuel economy on more affrodable cars, like the slew of lexus, civic, and corolla that are on ebay with 200-300k miles.

        • 6 Years Ago
        As much as I don't want to feed the troll, I'm still going to weigh in on all of this. It is most certainly true that Ferrari owners do not feel the sting that the average person feels at the gas pump. Also, it is true that most Ferraris remain low mileage. However, an argument like this against encouraging Ferrari to explore more efficient options implies that market forces are the only thing driving current trends towards more efficient cars. There is also the idea that people ought to begin to use less fossil fuels and engage in more energy-efficient behavior for noneconomic reasons. By claiming that rich people don't need to worry about gas prices, and that Ferraris see little daily use, you make the implicit argument that there is no other reason to encourage conservation other than rising gas prices. In short, the rich are exempt from caring about the environment because they can afford to consume expensive fossil fuels. In fact, it is important to encourage conservation among wealthier Americans for many reasons. Some of these include the aspirational qualities of lower-income Americans, who emulate wealthier trendsetters, leading to an across-the-board increase in conservation. Wealthy citizens tend to be more post-material. They value things for noneconomic reasons, because they don't have to worry about how much something costs. In sum, if Ferrari wants to develop greener machines, they should certainly be encouraged to do so, as the benefits will be noneconomic to their customer base, but economic and noneconomic to the public at large through spillover benefits.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, and Phil . . . a friend of mine owns a '58 Mercedes 300SL, a Lamborghini Miura, and a Ferrari 365 GTC. He is one of the very rich you site, but unlike those you claim have no regard for the value of money and wouldn't - in your opinion - be bothered by $10/gallon gasoline, he is as bothered by $4.00+/gallon gas as much as anyone. I guess you're speaking from a position of extreme wealth and high gas prices are no bother to you. But to the rest of us even $4.00/gallon is beginning to cut into our budgets, and as it approaches $5.00/gallon we're going to have to make some decisions about how much we drive and how often. Of course, that may not be a problem for you and your wealthy friends who aren't bothered by even $10/gallon gas.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I am not wealthy enough to shamelessly own a Ferrari, yet I don't even care about fuel prices. Ferrari appeals to the top 3 or 4 percent of Americans, people who also don't care about fuel prices.

        Unless gas goes to $100 a gallon, Ferrari will suffer absolutely ZERO sales losses.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you can afford the car, you can afford the gas.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah! It is like people think that they are driving their Ferrari or Lambo' to work 5 days a week.


      NOW SIT DOWN AND LISTEN KIDS!

      It only comes out on sunny days for a club meet, a fancy dinner or an afternoon or Sunday drive. Unless you are a Bull Runner or a Gumball 3000 kind of person then the car is probably not even driven hard. So it is getting better mileage than you, soccer mom in your minivan. Or you little blonde chick in your escalade. Or you ricer in your EVO8 revving it to 8300RPM all the time. (TOP GEAR says that an EVO8 can get 3MPG at WOT)

      So don't act like you know everything and everyone gets a $425 well fair check at the end of the week. We don't. We get up off ours, and work hard then the Govt. takes ours and gives it to you so you can sit on yours.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you running for president anytime soon? That could be your opening speech and you have my vote
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