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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

Ferrari, SF90 Spider, digital unveil direct from Maranello

Updated: Dec 12, 2020

Ferrari unveiled its first plug in spider hybrid, which sets new benchmarks for performance and innovation, not only at Ferrari, but possibly across the entire sports car sector.

The spider version of the SF90 was launched via its own dedicated digital event, The new convertible has the same extreme supercar specification and performance, as the SF90 Stradale, however as the car includes Ferrari’s signature retractable hard top (RHT) architecture, it allows for even more excitement and versatility, allowing lovers of open-top driving, the complete Ferrari package.

The SF90 Spider’s plug in hybrid system guarantees performance levels that exceed any other production spider. The 780 cv turbo charged V8 is augmented by three electric motors, one placed at the rear, and two placed on the front axle, this drives its maximum power output to 1000 cv. This state-of-the-art system does not complicate the driving experience as sophisticated control logic autonomously monitors and adjust power flows to suit the conditions of use. The driver selects one of four power unit modes, (eDrive, Hybrid, Performance, and Qualify) using the brand new eManettino. The SF90 spider also has AWD, which has raised the bar for standing starts, 0-100 km/h in only 2.5s ad 0-200 km/h in only 7.0 seconds.

The mechanical layout has allowed the Maranello engineers to advance the cars dynamic control system, named eSSC, this verifies the cars dynamic status in real time, with that information eSSC controls vehicle stability by delivering torque independently using the front electric engines to the inside and outside wheel (torque vectoring), this significantly improves traction when the car is coming out of corners, making it easier and simpler to drive at top end speeds.

From an aerodynamic perspective, the result of the development process is an extreme design, with a maximum of 390 kg of downforce at 250 km/h , this is a new benchmark in downforce and aerodynamic efficiency for road cars. Innovations include the shut-off Gurney, an active system at the rear of the car which adapts to driving conditions. The vehicle also recall Ferrari’s F1 derived blown geometry, through forded wheels and wing profiles.

One major achievement from the design perspective , is allowing the V8 engine to remain visible through the engine bay cover despite the inclusion of the RHT stowage, the design team allows the V8 engine to remain the star of the show, and the engine remains on display irrespective weather the RHT is deployed or retracted.

The SF90 spiders’ retractable hard top guarantees optimal noise insulation and all-weather protection from the elements when its deployed, in addition it provides ample space and comfort to the passenger. A standard RHT requires 150 – 200 litres of space, the SF90 design only requires 100 litres of space, the system is also lighter as its structure includes aluminium, making it 40kg lighter than a conventional RHT. The rear window is adjustable (even at high speed) when the RHT is lowered.

The styling of the interior was inspired by the “eyes on the road, hands on the steering wheel” philosophy, this drove the ergonomics. The new steering wheel includes a touch pad, which allows the driver to control almost all aspects of the car with moving their hands. The instrument cluster is entirely digital using a 16” curved HD screen, which can be configured via the controls on the steering wheel. The central tunnel includes a grille-style feature for the automatic gearbox controls, whist referencing Ferraris iconic manual gearshift gate.

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