Rumors about the upcoming Ferrari 488 track-only-performance variant have been aplenty, with some sources claiming an output of over 700 horsepower and a 0-to-60 time of 2.7 seconds. It’s also been said that the next-level performance will be derived from a hybrid powertrain, utilizing a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), a la Formula 1.
As The Drive points out, this comes after Sergio Marchionne stated that every Ferrari built after 2019 will indeed be a hybrid, and we already know Ferrari has no qualms with using electrification to enhance performance, as seen with the LaFerrari. As trickle-down tech goes, it would make sense to one day find electrification in the Ferrari 488 in some form or another.
That said, these rumors should be taken with a pinch of salt as there are no finite details on the matter. According to the description of the embedded video, the popular Marchettino YouTube channel claims to have overheard one Ferrari 488 technician instructing another to “ensure he kept the KERS system off” while recording this video in Maranello.
Time will tell if these Ferrari 488 hybrid rumors have any truth to them. Until then, indulge in the suspense and click play to see this prototype in action.