Ferrari may have a hybrid KERS-equipped 488-based model planned, if a test mule spotted outside the automaker’s factory in Maranello is any indication.
The mysterious prototype was seen by YouTube’s Marchettino in a parking lot on Ferrari property. The mule looks like another seen by Autoblog last summer, which was at that time thought to be a mule for the upcoming V6-powered Ferrari Dino. We’re convinced it’s a mule for an upcoming 488 variant after seeing this video, however.
There are numerous signs indicating this prototype is based on the 488. For starters, a paper is seen on the dash reading ‘F142M M3’, with ‘F142M’ being the internal production code for the 488. It appears to wear heavily modified 458 bodywork, an indication that it shares dimensions with the 458 and 488. Said bodywork also includes a big, fat air intake right where the 488’s does.
Two Ferrari engineers apparently walked over to the car while Marchettino was filming and referred to a KERS system in the car when turning it on to move it. Based on this intel, it seems possible a more hardcore version of the 488 with a LaFerrari-style kinetic energy recovery system could be on the way.
Check it out the video above.