Ferrari is working with longtime engineering partner Altair on a new vehicle platform that will “be the basis of several new flagship vehicle derivatives,” the automaker has announced.
The new platform is described by Altair as being 15 percent lighter than any current vehicle platform manufactured by Ferrari. It will also offer improvements of 20 percent in the areas of crash ratings and noise, vibration and harshness, among others.
“I love the Next Generation architecture, it has an organic nature, with the structure flowing smoothly from sections to joints,” said Altair CTO Dr. Royston Jones. “It’s an outcome of a massive deployment of structural optimization defining optimum material layout resulting in outstanding weight / performance characteristics. I believe it truly warrants the title of Next Generation and importantly, repays Ferrari’s trust.”
The new architecture could see Ferrari adopt a modular vehicle platform across its model range. Last year, Automobile Magazine reported the automaker had a modular architecture in development to help it reduce development costs. At that time, the platform was rumored to be made of lightweight aluminum and would debut n the successor to the Ferrari California T, which is due sometime in 2017.