Earlier this week, a Ferrari SF90 Stradale prototype was found crashed near Hoffenheim in Germany, about 30 minutes from the Formula 1 track at the Hockenheimring. While the car was utterly destroyed, the driver was reportedly uninjured.
Video from the scene shows a significant impact, reportedly one that stretched over 600 feet. The hit came after midnight on a straight road, with no other cars involved. Shots of the interior show a full prototype setup, complete with additional observation tools and massive shutoff switches to turn off any experimental parts in case of serious trouble. Notably, the airbag did not seem to deploy.
But why is an SF90 Stradale, a car that was publicly revealed two years ago, testing in camouflage? While it is possible this is simply a test car for another level of SF90 to be revealed later, like the previously-announced Assetto Fiorano, the car's existing mid-engined, hybrid layout would also make it the perfect test mule for any advanced powertrain the company is interested in building for a future product. Both logos on the side of the camouflage and notes from the firefighters who came to the scene indicate that this test prototype is electrified on at least some level, possibly testing a new variant of the existing hybrid systems Ferrari has already put to use in the SF90, the LaFerrari, and now the 296 GTB. The SF90 itself was tested in the body of a 488 back in 2019, so this latest SF90 mule could be a test car for a successor or for something even more ambitious.
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