Ferrari just set a production car lap record around Indianapolis Speedway
The largest sports venue in the world
The Ferrari SF90 Stradale Assetto Fiorano has just set the fastest lap record for a production car around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, arguably the most popular race track in the United States (along with Laguna Seca) and the largest sports venue in the world, with a 250,000+ seating capacity.
On July 15, the SF 90 lapped the 2.439-mile circuit in just 1:29.625 seconds, reaching a top speed of 174.6 mph in the process. Mark Raffauf, Senior Director of Race Operations at IMSA (International Motor Sports Association), oversaw the test and described this as a "great moment to witness, seeing how the impressive performance of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale put down this lap record".
IMS President J. Douglas Boles echoed Raffauf's words, proudly reminding us that the "Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built in 1909 to be a proving ground for automobiles of all makes, and we have remained true to that DNA since".
"Whether it is competing in purpose-built race cars or setting new standards in production cars, the historic 2.5-mile oval and the challenging road course at IMS continue to be automotive development and performance catalysts like none other," said Boles. "Across 112 years of history, we’ve always been excited to be part of these important milestones."
The new SF 90 Stradale is the most powerful road-going Ferrari ever built, powered by Ferrari's first plug-in hybrid powertrain. Its 769-hp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 works together with three electric motors (one on each front wheel, and one on the transmission), to produce a combine power output of 1,000 PS (986 hp) and 590 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the 7.9 kWh battery pack, the car can also travel up to 26 miles on electric power alone.
The standard car is no slouch but those who really love a track day can opt for the track-focused Assetto Fiorano spec. It features GT racing-derived Multimatic shock absorbers and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2r tyres (on request, as used to set the record) and it is 30 kg lighter thanks to carbon-fibre door panels and underbody, and titanium springs and exhaust system.
It also generates more downforce (390 kg at 250 kph / 155 mph) thanks to the carbon fibre rear spoiler. resulting in weight-saving of 30 kg. Another difference is the high downforce carbon- fibre rear spoiler which generates 390 kg of downforce at 250 km/h. So the only question that remains is: