Ferrari SF90 Spider: Ferrari’s First Plug-in Hybrid Spider

November 12th, 2020 by

On November 12, 2020, Ferrari unveiled the newest addition to the Ferrari model range- the Ferrari SF90  Spider.

Go beyond imagination and experience the all-new Ferrari SF90 Spider. Ferrari’s first hybrid plug-in spider is already setting new benchmarks for not only the brand but the entire sportscar market. The SF90 spider has all the loved supercar features and extreme performance as the SF90 Stradale but with additional pleasure of open-top driving. This makes the SF90 Spider the ideal car for owners that demand the very pinnacle of Ferrari technology, but still want the thrill and versatility of open-top driving.

The Soul of the Ferrari SF90

Thanks to a 986 horsepower hybrid system, the SF90 Spider is the top of the range for extraordinary driving emotions. According to Ferrari, in order to deliver this incredible feat, Ferrari’s engineers completely redesigned the intake and exhaust systems. The ducts are now all horizontally lined up at the engine head height. The turbocharger assembly has been lowered. In addition, the exhaust line is higher in the new configuration. This new design creates a reduction in overall weight and a lower center of gravity.

The SF90 Spider has plug-in hybrid architecture in which the internal combustion engine is integrated with two electric motors at the front, which comprises the RAC-e (Cornering Angle Regulator, Electric) system, and one at the rear derived from and named after a Prancing Horse Formula 1 innovation, the MGUK (Motor Generator Unit, Kinetic). The synergy between the internal combustion engine and the electric motors unleashes a maximum of 986 hp and puts the SF90 Spider not only at the very top of its category but also the Maranello range.

An Open-top Powerhouse of Innovation

Rear downforce is balanced at the front of the car by a complex and optimized system of vortex generators. Although this is not its very first appearance on a Ferrari sports car, the system has been honed to the maximum on the Ferrari SF90 Spider: the front section of the chassis has been raised 0.6 inches compared to the central section of the chassis at the point where the vortex generators are located, thus increasing the amount of air channeled towards them and boosting their effect.  The front bumper is divided into two sections that have specific wing functions. Between the upper section and the bonnet is a pronounced indent that locally compresses the flow. This feature, together with the two diffusers ahead of the front wheels, contributes to generating downforce over the front axle.

The SF90 Spider’s engine cover has been kept extremely low to improve the interaction between the flows over and under the body, and thus minimizing drag.  The end section of the engine cover features a suspended wing divided into two sections: one fixed, which incorporates the third brake light, and one mobile with a wedge-shaped front area. The latter has been dubbed the shut-off Gurney, a patented active system located at the rear of the car which regulates the airflow over the upper body, reducing drag at high speeds with low lateral dynamics loads and increasing downforce in corners, under braking, and during changes of direction.

Futuristic and Innovative Design

Like all Prancing Horse spiders, the  Ferrari SF90 Spider sports a retractable hardtop, which guarantees optimal noise insulation and protection from the elements when deployed, does not deform at high speeds and provides exceptional occupant space and comfort. The RHT opens and closes in just 14 seconds, even when the car is on the move. The key to the success of the Ferrari RHT, which premiered on the 458 Spider in 2011, was the shifting of the separation line between the car’s body and the roof from its conventional position at the belt-line. The RHT takes up just 3.5 cubic feet of space rather than the 5.3-7 cubic feet required by a traditional system.

The taillights have also evolved quite radically from Ferrari’s iconic round shape. The eye-catching, more horizontal luminous rings create a more horizontal perception of the taillights which in turn visually lowers the height of the tail. Another signature solution is the headlights which hail a move away from the L-shaped look, to a slender slit design integrated with the brake air intakes resulting in a characteristic C-shape that lends the front of the car an original and futuristic appeal. In an absolute first for a Ferrari, the SF90 Spider uses matrix LED headlight technology to improve visibility in all driving conditions thanks to active beam control.

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For the first time on a Ferrari, clients can choose between the standard car and a version with a more sports-oriented specification. For more information regarding the new Ferrari SF90 Spider, contact Ferrari of Long Island.


Official Ferrari SF90 Spider Video

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