The Ferrari Electric Car Is The Most Powerful Plug-In Hybrid EV
Posted on June 29, 2019
Ferrari is my favourite car manufacture and has been for most of my life. To me, nothing beats the iconic Ferrari red with mustard interior that shells the beast on wheels within. So, what’s your favourite car in the whole world? Is it Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire, the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster or the classic Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita?
Ferrari vs. Tesla
Of course, there are many rolling machines on the market that are truly mind-boggling art pieces; but lifestyle critiques aside, I have my favourite—the plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle SF90 Stradale!
Being a solar energy pioneer, one might ask the question -
Why is Ferrari better than Tesla?
You can watch a Tesla Model 3 beating a Ferrari 458 in a 1/8-mile drag race online however this to me isn't the be all or end all. There is no question over the fact that Tesla's Peak Power Increase update which increased its output by more than 5%. The Model 3’s who received the update saw top speed increases close to 10 km/h.
On the other hand, Ferrari's 458 is both an appealing and faster car. It has a naturally aspirated V8 engine which is known to be the best sounding V8 engine ever produced. Launched back in 2009 the 458 has been given amazing reviews by fans across the world.
Ferrari's SF90 Stradale
The Ferrari manufactured SF90 Stradale is simply more than transportation. The swagger, convenience and efficiency that comes with it beat its practicality and flamboyance.
Taking a ride in this new slick speedster encapsulates the comfort, versatility and performance expertise featured in just a few of the dynamic range of cars on our roads.
Powered by a 4.0 litre turbocharged V8 that systematically produces a 769 horsepower, alongside three electric motors for an extra 217 horsepower, the Ferrari-manufactured car is one of the most robust street-licit, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
"The SF90 Stradale is supremely the first Ferrari of its kind featuring a Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PEHV) architecture that enables the internal combustion engine to integrate three electric motors, with two of the electric motors being independent and positioned on the front axle, and the third at the car’s rear between the engine and the gear box," according to the car's webpage.
Three Electric Car Motors
This top speed racing car features a 4.0 litre turbocharged V8 that produces a 769 horsepower. As if that’s not all, the vehicle receives an extra 217 horsepower delivered by all the three electric motors.
In essence, the car can move from point zero to 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds and hit a high speed of 211 mph. But hey, before you get all electrified, you must keep in mind that the car’s all-electric range is a mere 16 miles.
The SF90 is a classic feat of engineering. For the beginners, the hybrid system features an additional 595 pounds.
To compensate for this shortcoming, Ferrari has integrated carbon fiber with next gen innovations that cut the weight. For example, the company tailored the hybrid system to work in reverse, hence enabling Ferrari to do away with the reverse gear connected to the eight-speed gear box.
The car manufacturer has also emphasised that it has incorporated a smart cooling system in the machine to help manage the flow. "Meticulous consideration was made on the engine bay’s design that encompasses both the ordinary systems of internal combustion engine which generate temperatures of about 900°C, and the electronic components which are extremely temperature-sensitive," the car's website reads in part.
In addition, the vehicle’s dual clutch transmission system has been designed to work with the all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems, and is the first ever Ferrari sports car to have an AWD. Ferrari's SF90 Stradale comes in four different drive modes namely Qualify, Performance, Hybrid and eDrive.
eDrive is engaged in cruises that use less combustion while the Hybrid works to substitute power draws between the V8 and electric motors. The Performance drive mode makes use of the V8 to power the electric motors while Qualify derives optimal power from it all at a go.
Ferrari's 9 decades of Racing
The name SF90 is significant as it applauds Ferrari’s 90th anniversary of impressive racing while it also underscores the company’s solid link that still exists between the company’s tracks and road cars.
The price tag for the Ferrari SF90 Stradale is yet to be announced though deliveries are expected to roll out starting early next year.
Read my review on BMW's Hybrid Electric Vehicle vs. the Tesla.