Ferrari will reveal its first ever hybrid model tomorrow, according to a preview image posted on the firm’s Twitter feed.
The sketch, showing a silhouette of the forthcoming model’s rear end, bears the slogan ‘dare to imagine’ and confirms the official reveal date.
The sketch highlights two pairs of square brake lights and a pair of sizeable exhaust tips protruding from the centre of the rear bumper, bearing a remarkable resemblance to last year’s 488 GTB-based SP38 concept.
Rumours suggest the new supercar will pack a hybridised, mid-mounted 3.9-litre V8, mated to three electric motors for a combined power output of 973bhp. It will serve as a rival to McLaren’s first hybrid supercar, which was recently spotted carrying out preliminary tests ahead of a launch next year.
Ferrari has previously confirmed plans to launch a new downsized V6 engine alongside a range of hybrid models. Michael Leiters, Ferrari technical chief, said: “V6 is the next step to follow downsizing without losing emotion or speed of the car.”
Specific details of the powertrain are scare, but a video filmed at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track early last year showed a 488-based prototype operating at speed with no audible engine note, as the company ramped up its efforts to meet the EU’s stringent CO2 targets for 2021.
Tomorrow will mark Maranello’s first reveal since the unveiling of the F8 Tributo, the firms’s final turbocharged V8-powered supercar, at the Geneva motor show in March. The new hybrid will be the first of five Ferraris due this year and one of 15 planned before 2022.
In 2022, the firm will launch its long awaited SUV model. Company boss Louis Camillieri said he was “not concerned on being too late” to marker with the car but “more concerned on being the best and I’m quite confident we will be”.