F1 horsepower for the road?


Ferrari is close to revealing its latest supercar, still not officially designated, with either the numbers F150 or F70.  Since Ford owns the F150 nomenclature with their big truck in the US, it is more likely that it will be called the F70.

Either way, the most impressive thing about the F70 will be in the engine bay.  It will reportedly use the 730 horsepower, 6.3 liter V12 from the F12berlinetta, but with an electric motor combined with a Formula 1 style Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS).  Ferrari showed the basics of this drivetrain at the 2012 Beijing motor show, and the V12 electric motor combination is expected to be the most powerful Ferrari ever built.  730 bhp is one helluva mid-engined power for some rich drivers.

The only view you will get of this car. The only view you will get of this car.

The company admits that aerodynamic efficiency has dictated the shape and all reports would indicate that it will still be stunning in the metal – however, with most of the car being carbon-fiber, perhaps I should say stunning in the carbon!

The two round taillights and the vertical element bisecting the back end give the car a familial resemblance to the 458 Italia and F12berlinetta.  The humps, covering large rear tires, are very Enzo-esque, as well as the pointed nose from the 2003 Enzo which was evocative of the F1 car.

Built in LHD only, so not practical for Thailand, though I would not be surprised if someone buys one.  After all, there is one chap in Bangkok with two Lamborghinis.  I suppose one is to drive when the other is in service.