On its web site, Ferrari has divulged a little more info about the supercar that will succeed the Formula One has gone into its soon-to-be-revealed animal, and this latest disclosure shows just how much that's true. We don't know its length or width, but Ferrari says one of the targets for the car was "a reduction in height and wheelbase to match that of the 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.


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      areniartenisweet
      • 2 Years Ago
      it does not matter what you say about Ferrair. The name says it all!
      the GT-R
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't help but think that in this photo it kind of look like the new corvette
      likeaboss1234boss
      • 2 Years Ago
      i cant wait till i see this thing in the flesh it seems like a beast. Merry Christmas everyone.
        Carbon Fibre
        • 2 Years Ago
        @likeaboss1234boss
        Arrrggh it's Happy Holidays! /s
          Jeff Puha
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Carbon Fibre
          No, my friend. It's MERRY CHRISTMAS! This is the day we celebrate the birth of the Son of the Living God, the Lord Jesus Christ. It's not a "holiday" and no amount of secular progressive nonsense will change that. Praise be to Thee Lord Jesus! "For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.-Luke 2:11
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Carbon Fibre
          There is no proof Jesus even existed, let alone born on Dec 25. The one birthday we should celebrate today is that of a man that has done a lot more good for this world than branching off a new religion from Judaism and then getting executed. Issac Newton is much more a savior than Christ. Without some of the work he did and the fields of research he pioneered, we would still be incredibly ignorant of our universe and world, and we wouldnt appreciate the amount of work that some sort of higher power put in. We've advanced from clueless savages to intellectuals. What has Christianity done for us? Save us from an imaginary bad guy? Nope. From our own sins? People, even Christians, sin habitually, and really, the idea of what is sin and what isnt is completely confuddled with the real issue of morality and justice. According to the Bible, being gay is a massive sin, but it's actually perfectly harmless. But enslaving, murdering people of a different caste or belief is fine apparently.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hybrid, ugly, automatic-only, nothing I didn't see coming.
        p.sea
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Agree with the beef on it being automatic-only, disagree with everything else.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        >800hp,
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          There are lots of cars with those numbers. You don't see automatics in Evo's and Supras.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          The rest of my comment got cut off. But f uck you anyways. And Evos and Supras can be auto, especially if they are drag machines.
        John
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Agree that the hybrid is bs, but if you have ever driven cars with power to weight ratios close to this, you find that shifting with a clutch pedal, or even shifting by lifting and pushing a lever - like most race cars a few years ago, takes a large percentage of the acceleration time and really clunks up the experience. On most tracks seconds per lap are lost. The clutch pedal, along with heel and toe techniques are old man only skills now - as hard as has been for me to accept -lol.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @John
          If I want the fastest time on a course, I'll play Forza. If I want to have fun, why let the computers do all the work? Not just for shifting, but for throttle manipulation, steering, braking, everything?
        mawhalen53
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Trolls complaining on the internet, nothing I didn't see coming.
      AGSHOP
      • 2 Years Ago
      hybrid + automatic...sound pretty boring. meh
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ferrari must be a fan of the Corvette. First they styled the 599 after it and now this.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 2 Years Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        Yup, 4 wheels, two doors.
        Paul J. Reis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        I admit the 599 and california are teribble cars. but comparing an american car (MASS PRODUCED) car vs a HAND MADE italian exotic car? really?
      malgik
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see this beast in the flesh.
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      It sounds impressive but I have a feeling it will be very ugly. Not as ugly as the other modern supercars from Germany, but still pretty ugly nonetheless.
      alfredschrader
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok, carbon fiber is basically a composite material or more commonly called a plastic. An auto clave is a curing oven used to cure the composite materials which are typically made using a base and a curing catalyst. These are mostly out dated technologies - most composites are too heavy in comparison to their strength. The new stuff is something called a graviton matrix, which Ferrari doesn't own. Why doesn't Ferrari own the graviton matrix ? Because I do. So, why don't I build myself a super car out of G/M materials worth 20 milions dollars ? What is the point ? Why do I need to go 200 miles an hour in 8 seconds ? To go to dinner ? To the theatre ? I already have a Z-28 IROC with everything - Muncie 5 speed, Edelbrock 1.2 Kilowatt stereo, etc.. I take beautiful women for a ride in it and they say "You're not gonna do something stupid are you ?" Yep, they're afraid of it. I drive the Z once a month so the battery doesn't go dead.
        ZenDriver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alfredschrader
        An IROC Z-28? Hehe. Hehe. HA! HAHA! BWAHAHAHAHAAAHHAAAHHHHAGGHHHAAAAAAAAA!!!!!! HAHAHAAAAAAAABWAGAHHHHHAHHA--{COUGH!!! COUGH!!}--eheh. HAHAABWAHAHHGAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! What a douchebag.
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alfredschrader
        This has to be the single greatest comment in the history of Autoblog.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alfredschrader
        Mulder and Scully will be contacting you shortly.
        Brodz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alfredschrader
        Bought some chronic did ya?
        Evan McMiller
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alfredschrader
        I don't think you fully understand carbon fiber, or this car, or how slow a Z28 is. My ex was scared if I drove too fast in her 2.0 Beetle. What's your point? People who don't know anything about cars are scared of your loud IROC? Easy there.
      luyen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Missed the double circle tail lights!! Single circle tail light just look good on the 458, for the rest of Ferrari models, it's just look bore.
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luyen
        I hate the way the top half of the single taillights protrude out of the body; especially awful-looking on the California. Ferrari + headlight/taillight design haven't been in agreement for about the past 7 years.
      hoss
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saving my pennies!
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hoss
        Container loads of pennies at a time. Hope you have plenty of space.
      Pau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't the pages say the new car is going to be called F150? Maybe I'm interpreting them wrong....
        flatdarkmars
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pau
        They do say that, but Ferrari already tried that name with their 2011 Formula 1 car, and got slapped down by the thread of a lawsuit from Ford, so I'd consider it provisional at best.
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