The Ferrari SF90 Stradale in WEC Hypercar form is truly bonkers
This isn't the car that you want to see in your rear view mirror at Le Mans...
The World Endurance Championship is not the most popular motorsport series on the calendar, thanks to more prominent series like Formula 1, Indycar, DTM, and so on. However, WEC has been reforming its structure to gain appeal from a wide range of audiences, and one of its efforts is the newly constructed Hypercar class.
Hence its name, hypercars or hypercar-level prototypes now replace LMP1 cars to be on the top field. Only 750hp at the maximum is allowed, although companies are allowed to be creative with their powertrain. Currently, Aston Martin, Toyota, SCG Glickenhaus, and Peugeot-Rebellion have announced that they will take part in the program. Traditional WEC participants like Porsche, Ferrari, and Audi is still silent, but what if Ferrari decided to take part in the Hypercar class?
An Italian designer, Vito Possidente, has rendered the Ferrari SF90 with his prediction of what it would look like if it participated in the Hypercar class. Notable differences include the huge rear fin that prevents the car from rolling over while being airborne. Furthermore, Group C style aero discs cover the wheel for aerodynamic efficiency. Most of all, the SF90 is equipped with huge front splitters, rear diffusers, and a massive wing. The original SF90 was not really the ‘beautiful’ type of car, but with all these race packages, it looks even more aggressive.
Another difference is the front end. Ferrari’s performance cars like the 488 Pista and the SF90 have an aerodynamic feature known as the S-Duct. An air channel is created by a plunging S-shaped passage that connects the lower bumper to the bonnet. The S-Duct allows the air to go through the bodywork in an S-shape, thus increasing downforce on the front axle. The rendered SF90 shows the most extreme S-Duct seen in a Ferrari, with only two panels supporting the upper front end.
The SF90 is finished in Ferrari’s current livery shown on their AF Corsa cars with a slight touch. Based on Ferrari’s signature Rosso Corsa, the livery features a tricolour stripe going through the middle of the car, which clearly resembles the Italian flag. The tricolour stripes are also featured on the side of the vehicle, clearly showing that it is an Italian pure-blood thoroughbred.
At the end of the day…
But the question is, “Will Ferrari ever take part in the Hypercar class?” Although I’m not WEC nor Ferrari official, I am pretty sure that they will join the Hypercar class at some point. The Hypercar class will likely diminish the advertising effect the GTE Pro class had, as companies can now bring their hypercars to top-class racing which gets more coverage and media publicity. Furthermore, it has already been confirmed that WEC have officially contacted Ferrari, suggesting they join the Hypercar class.
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Still, the problem is, what car will Ferrari be using? The 750hp limit is the biggest question for Ferrari as the base SF90 already produces 950hp with their twin-turbocharged V8 and a hybrid powertrain. It is evident that they will need to detune the engine a lot, and even remove the hybrid system like what Aston Martin is doing now. Sadly, ditching the hybrid powertrain means that they will likely have a hard time fighting with hybrid-powered Toyotas or Glickenhauses. The current LMP1 already proved that traditional V8s are no match for hybrids as Toyota easily obliterated Rebellion without any BoP.
Therefore, there is a chance that Ferrari will likely enter the Hypercar class with a detuned version of their 488 GTE EVO or even possibly an F8 Tributo GTE with a hybrid powertrain and better aero. There is always the chance of creating a prototype like what Toyota’s doing, but it is not the financially viable option for Ferrari. Regardless of whatever car Ferrari brings to the Hypercar class, I wholeheartedly wish to see them back on top-class racing.