Since 2014, F1 has changed its regulations to use smaller turbocharged V6 hybrid powertrains. Aside from a possible attempt to end Red Bull’s dominance, the sport wanted to produce a more environmentally friendly product while also developing road technologies. Slowly but surely, Formula 1’s hybrid technology has made its mark in the auto industry – the video above is no exception, spying on a new Ferrari sporting an original V6 soundtrack.
For the uninitiated, Fiorano is the Italian manufacturer’s playground near Maranello, Italy. Built in 1972 as a test circuit for Ferrari vehicles, the circuit features a myriad of different turns to simulate various circuits around the world. Before F1 limited the number of tests teams could do, the Scuderia would spend thousands of hours cutting their teeth around the sacred grounds.
As is the case with Formula 1, feelings towards small engines are everywhere. We’ll let you decide which note is coming from the mule here, but we noticed that it sounds very similar to the 488’s muted turbo V8. The lack of volume could be for a myriad of reasons, but it looks like the V6 l ‘ hybrid is here to stay.
From a glance at the headlights, the front fairing appears to be very similar to that of the F8 Tributo. All things considered, Ferrari did a good job hiding the rest of the car with unorthodox camouflage. Normally, manufacturers seem to have a special wrap on their test vehicles, but this example appears to be much more local.
The dynamics of the vehicle are difficult to judge from the spy footage, but everything seems relatively under control; the car turned flat even in some of the high speed corners. While that’s what we’ve put together, we’d love to see Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc behind the wheel to let us know what they think.