Is there a 2023 Ferrari SF90 Speciale under this mask?

Three years after the launch of the SF90 Stradale and two years after the first glimpse of its Spider sibling, it looks like Ferrari is gearing up to unveil a new track-ready variant of its V8 hybrid supercar.

Our spy photographers shot what appears to be a more extreme version of the SF90 that would cap off the series the same way the Scuderia, Speciale and Pista did with the F430, 458 and 488 lines.

Ferrari didn’t acknowledge the identity of this development car or even confirm that it was working on a more hardcore SF90, but knowing what we know about Ferrari model cycles and lineups, that was only t a matter of time before all-wheel drive. The V8 hybrid supercar has raised its game to appeal to buyers for whom even an SF90 with the available Assetto Fiorano package isn’t exciting or exclusive enough.

Although this prototype wears a lot of disguise around the nose, we can still make out a revised bumper design with a split bottom section and a large splitter mounted underneath. Above the bumper you can see a makeshift scoop that looks like Ferrari grafted onto a Cowl-Induction hood from a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. We believe this conceals a cutout in the leading edge of the lid. frunk that allows air sucked in through the lower bumper inlets to escape, as was the case with the 488 Pista.

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This car does not appear to have had any major modifications to the rear, but following what we have seen from previous Pista/Special cars, we can expect it to receive a different rear exhaust exit point, new bumpers and a more pronounced diffuser.

Yellow warning stickers confirm this car is a hybrid, suggesting it will retain the base powertrain setup of the SF90 which includes a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine and a single electric motor in the rear , and two more electric motors in the nose driving the front axle.

The stock SF90 already produces 769 hp (780 hp) from its gasoline engine and 217 hp (220 hp) from its EV configuration for a total of 986 hp (1,000 hp), but you can expect expect that number to climb well beyond a true 1,000.hp (1,104bhp) for a track-ready variant, and to amplify that thrust by reducing the curb weight below even the dry weight of 3,461 lb (1,570 kg) of the Assetto Fiorano version due to the additional use of lightweight materials.

The other possibility, of course, is that we’re looking at some sort of first prototype for Ferrari’s next-gen Challenge Series. Although cars like the 488 Challenge are track-only machines, Ferrari has been caught testing examples on the road. But this car’s conventional glass windows (Challenge cars use Perspex), suggest this is a road-legal, yet track-ready model.

We could see the finished version of this car unveiled later in 2022 after Ferrari unveiled its Purosangue SUV, but it’s perhaps more likely that Ferrari will hold off on the unveiling until spring 2023 to give the then aging SF90 a boost. useful exhibition.

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Image credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops