An icon for style, luxury and speed, Ferrari is a legend built on decades of sporting successes. This Italian car maker never fails to amuse the people with its luxurious style, high-performance, unique designs, futuristic technology. After rolling out SF90 Stradale as its fastest production mid-engine car in 2019, Ferrari introduces SF90 Spider. It is the first hybrid convertible from the Maranello outfit. This super bad boy is also available in India. Let us vroom through Spider and get ready to conquer the world. If you can dream it, you can do it. Here we go…
SF90 SPIDER: AN OPEN-AIR SUPERCAR
As the Prancing Horse’s first production plug-in hybrid spider, the SF90 Spider sets new performance and innovation benchmarks not only for the marque’s range, but for the entire sports car sector. The new convertible has the same extreme supercar specification and record-breaking performance as the SF90 Stradale yet also adds further driving pleasure and versatility to the mix, thanks to the latest iteration of Ferrari’s signature Retractable Hard Top architecture. 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.
POWERTRAIN - 1,000 CV PLUG-IN HYBRID SYSTEM / V8 - ENGINE / 2.5 sec - 0-100 KM/H
162 kW - EDRIVE POWER / 1000 cv - MAXIMUM POWER @ 7500 RPM
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 1,000 cv 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 optimised 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 SF90 Spider: the front section of the chassis has been raised 15 mm compared to the central section of the chassis at the point where the vortex generators are located, thus increasing the amount of air channelled 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.
Specific aerodynamic research went into the geometry of the forged wheels which are made using a construction technology that allows greater freedom when it comes to aerodynamic solutions. The specific geometry of the wheels incorporate radial elements on the outer channel which are equally spaced between the spokes and designed to act as wing profiles.
The geometry of these profiles mean that the wheel works like a rotor blade, very efficiently managing the flows from inside the wheelarch and guaranteeing two main effects: air evacuation from wheel arch is boosted; the flow exiting the wheel rim is lined up with the longitudinal flow running along the sides.
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 minimise drag.
The end section of the engine cover features a suspended wing divided in 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 air flow 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.
DYNAMIC INTELLIGENT TRACTION CONTROL
Electronic Side Slip Control
The existing dynamic control system has been further enhanced. Now referred to as
Electronic Side Slip Control (eSSC) system, it verifies the car’s dynamic status in real time. Based on that information, it controls vehicle stability by delivering torque independently via the front electric engines to the inside and outside wheel (Torque Vectoring), significantly improving traction coming out of corners and making it much simpler and making it more intuitive to drive on the limit with confidence.
Future and Innovation
The tail lights 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 tail lights which in turn visually lowers the height of the tail.
DEPLOYS AND RETRACTS IN JUST 14"
Like all Prancing Horse spiders, the SF90 Spider sports a retractable hard top, 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 100 litres of space rather than the 150-200 litres required by a traditional system.
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 which 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.
A Technological Innovation
FULL-DIGITAL TOUCH INTERFACE
The “eyes on the road, hands on the wheel” philosophy that has always driven the development of the HMI used on every Ferrari Formula 1 car and that has gradually been transferred to our road-going sports cars, ensures that the driver never has to take his hands off the wheel or his eyes off the road. The most notable of the new touch controls is the pad on the right-hand spoke that allows the driver to navigate the central cluster screens, while voice and cruise controls are on the left-hand spoke. Also noteworthy is a new cruise control rotary switch, which is also derived directly from Formula 1.
Thanks to an additional steering wheel-mounted selector, dubbed the eManettino (analogous to the Manettino which is used to set the electronic vehicle dynamics modes), the driver can choose from four different power unit management modes. The control logic optimally manages the power flows either with the emphasis on efficiency or performance depending on the user profile selected by the driver.
16" HD CURVED SCREEN
The central instrument cluster now comprises a single 16” HD screen, which is curved towards the driver to make it easier to read and emphasise the wraparound F1 cockpit effect. This is the first time the screen has been used on a series production car. The driver and passenger instrumentation are completely black when the car is not running, lending the cabin a very minimalist look. In the default instrument cluster screen, everything is dominated, as per Ferrari tradition, by a large circular rev counter, framed by the battery charge indicator. The navigation screen is on one side of the rev counter with the audio controls on the other.
For the first time on a Ferrari, clients can choose between the standard car and a version with a more sports-oriented specification.