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Ferrari previews hybrid hypercar ahead of May 29 reveal

by Ronan Glon

The yet-unnamed model will offer at least 1,000 horsepower.

Ferrari will introduce a 1,000-horsepower model during an event held on May 29 in Maranello, Italy. The company is keeping full details about the car under wraps -- we don't even know what it will be called yet -- but a preview sketch published online sheds a little bit of insight into the model.

Ferrari posted the sketch on its social media channels. The "dare to imagine" caption reveals precious little about the car, but we can tell it wears quad rear lights that are almost square-shaped. That's highly unusual considering the brand is known for round taillights. Its rear end is also fitted with what looks like a small spoiler, and a pair of round exhaust outlets mounted unusually high.

The company's next model will arrive with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. German magazine Auto, Motor, und Sport learned from anonymous sources that the drivetrain will be built around a twin-turbocharged, 3.9-liter V8 engine mounted directly behind the passenger compartment. It will work with a trio of electric motors; two will be positioned up front, presumably to drive the front wheels, and the third will be integrated into the transmission.

The three power sources will deliver 1,000 horsepower, and they'll allow the model to hit 62 mph from a stop in two seconds flat. If that figure is accurate, it could achieve the zero-to-60-mph sprint in under two seconds. We're assuming the car will be a plug-in hybrid instead of a standard or mild hybrid, and that it will be capable of driving on electricity alone for at least short distances, but that's purely speculation.

Regardless, a gasoline-electric powertrain adds a tremendous amount of weight, so it will be interesting to see how Ferrari managed to overcome it. The lessons the company learned from building the LaFerrari -- which used a Formula One-like KERS system -- undoubtedly steered the project in the right direction, but the three-motor setup will likely be heavier.

Ferrari will present its next car on May 29. Pricing will start at approximately 600,000 euros, a sum which represents $670,000 at the current conversion rate, and it's not unreasonable to assume it will arrive as a limited-edition model. With that said, loyal clients have already been shown the car behind closed doors, and a good chunk of the production run will be spoken for by the time Ferrari shows the car to the public and the press.

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