Ferrari typically leaves about decade in between its flagship cars, however the successor to the LaFerrari could be just three years out, Ferrari Chief Technical Officer Michael Leiters told Autocar in a recent interview.
Leiters said one of Ferrari’s goals for its next hypercar is to use technology that can trickle down through to the rest of the automaker’s lineup. The hybrid tech used in the LaFerrari is expected to appear in other roadcars from Ferrari over the next few years, so the same will be true for whatever new powertrain solutions the next Ferrari hypercar implements.
One thing we know for sure is that the next Ferrari hypercar won’t be powered by an F1 engine like Mercedes-AMG’s inbound Project One. Ferrari says using an engine designed for racing in a road car is a poor solution as they typically idle very high and have a high redline. Poor emissions, bad drivability and an engine that has been watered down in comparison to its original design is usually the result.
“When we define our new roadmap of technology and innovation, we will then consider a replacement for LaFerrari,” Leiters told Autocar. “We want to do something different. It won’t be a road car with a Formula 1 engine because, to be realistic, it would need to idle at 2500-3000rpm and rev to 16,000 rpm.”
It’s not clear what kind of technology Ferrari is looking at using in its next hypercar, but looking at the Formula 1 arena is always a good indication of what to expect. We could imagine a vehicle that is more reliant on active aerodynamics than the LaFerrari is and implements a system similar to F1’s DRS technology, or a vehicle with more potent hybrid tech. Thankfully won’t have to wait very long to find out no matter what’s in store.