LaFerrari successor could be up to 15 percent lighter
Ferrari has quietly started working on the next generation of its flagship supercar. Don’t get too excited though, as the Italian company is only in the preliminary stages of development and has just reached an agreement with its longtime design, engineering, and software partner Altair Product Design on the project.
Altair will be preparing the platform of the LaFerrari successor that will also be used for “several new flagship vehicle derivatives.” A team of engineers and designers from the company has been working at Ferrari’s vehicle development centre in Italy alongside the supercar manufacturer’s own design, engineering, and manufacturing teams.
The LaFerrari debuted some three years ago, which means we are still at least four or even five years away from seeing Ferrari’s next flagship supercar. Still, Altair already says the platform of the car will be 15 percent lighter, while providing improved strength, and lower noise and vibration levels by up to 20 percent.
If we try to translate this into numbers, the new range topping Ferrari car could weigh around 1,350 kilograms (2,976 pounds), versus 1,585 kg (3,495 lbs) for the LaFerrari.
“I love the Next Generation architecture, it has an organic nature, with the structure flowing smoothly from sections to joints,” Dr. Royston Jones, executive VP European operations and global CTO at Altair Product Design, commented. “It’s an outcome of a massive deployment of structural optimization defining optimum material layout resulting in outstanding weight / performance characteristics. I believe it truly warrants the title of Next Generation and importantly, repays Ferrari’s trust.”
Let's not forget Ferrari is currently busy preparing the open-top Aperta for its big debut at the Paris Motor Show in early October.
Source: Altair Product Design via Automotive News