The Ferrari F8 (Type F142MFL) is a mid-engine sports car produced by the Italian automobile manufacturer Ferrari.[3] The car is the replacement to the Ferrari 488, with exterior and performance changes.[4] It was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Variants

F8 Tributo

Specifications and performance

The F8 Tributo uses the same engine from the 488 Pista, a 3.9 l twin-turbocharged V8 engine with a power output of 720 PS (530 kW; 710 hp) at 8000 rpm and 770 N⋅m (568 lb⋅ft) of torque at 3250 rpm,[5][6] making it the most powerful V8-powered Ferrari produced to date.[2] Specific intake plenums and manifolds with optimised fluid-dynamics improve the combustion efficiency of the engine, thanks to the reduction of the temperature of the air in the cylinder, which also helps boost power. The exhaust layout and the Inconel manifolds have been completely modified up to the terminals. The F8 Tributo also uses turbo rev sensors, developed in the 488 Challenge, to maximise the efficiency of the turbochargers based on the demand for power from the pedal. The transmission is a 7-speed dual clutch automatic unit with improved gear ratios.[6]

Several new software features are installed on the F8 which are controlled via the manettino dial on the steering wheel. The car is equipped with Ferrari's latest Side Slip Angle Control traction- and stability-control program. Additionally, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, an electronic program for managing drifts, can now be used in the Race drive mode.[6] Claimed manufacturer performance for the F8 Tributo is 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 2.9 seconds, 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 7.6 seconds, with a top speed of 340 km/h (211 mph).[1] Ferrari also stated that the Tributo's downforce has been increased by 15 percent as compared to the 488 GTB.[6] Road & Track tested a US-spec Ferrari F8 Tributo model and achieved an 11.3-second quarter-mile time with a 132.8 mph (214 km/h) trap speed,[7] which equates to 0–100 km/h in the mid-3 range and 0–200 km/h in the low-10 range.

Aerodynamics

The front of the car is characterised by the S-Duct (originally featured on the 488 Pista) around which the entire front end of the car has been redesigned, with additional air intakes above the headlights. The front is completed by side aerodynamic intakes which are integrated into the shape of the bumper and feature two aerodynamic side splitters in black. The radiator packs are tilted towards the rear, using a flat undertray to channel the hot air and minimise the thermal interaction with the flows inside the wheel arch, derived from the 488 challenge. The car also features quad taillamps, a feature that was last seen in the V8 lineage on the F430. At the rear, it sports a louvered clear engine cover made from lightweight Lexan which pays homage to the F40 and a wrap-around rear spoiler inspired by the 308 GTB, with additional air intakes on both sides.

Interior

The interior has received updates as well: the dashboard, instrument housing, and door panels are new. The two-tone colour scheme seen on the 488 has also been replaced.[8] An 8.5 inch passenger touchscreen display is also standard as a part of the HMI (Human Machine Interface).[2] The dash now incorporates an aluminium sail panel supporting the central satellite navigation system and continuing into the dash itself.

F8 Spider

The F8 Spider is an open-top variant of the F8 Tributo with a folding hardtop as seen on its predecessors. The top takes 14 seconds for operation and can be operated with speeds up to 45 km/h (28 mph). The F8 Spider features large air intakes on its rear haunches, moved rearward compared to the ones in the 488 Spider for improved airflow to the engine.

The Spider's drivetrain is shared with the Tributo. The engine has a lighter crankshaft, flywheel, and connecting rods and weighs nearly 18 kg (40 lb) less than the engine in the 488 Spider. Performance figures include acceleration from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.9 seconds and from 0–200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.2 seconds. Top speed is unchanged from the coupé at 340 km/h (211 mph). Dry weight of the Spider is 1,400 kg (3,086 lb). The boot capacity allows for 200 litres (7.1 cu ft) of luggage space.[9][10]

One-offs

SP48 Unica

The SP48 Unica enhances a new unique design like its name in a mechanics derived from the F8 Tributo including its mid-mounted 710 bhp twin-turbo V8. The redesign of the bodywork features an angular front end and a bold, windowless rear with a wraparound light bar.[11][12]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Ferrari F8 Tributo - A Celebration of Excellence". Ferrari S.p.A. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ferrari Reveals the F8 Tributo Ahead of the Geneva Motor Show". The Official Ferrari Magazine. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  3. ^ Gastelu, Gary (February 28, 2019). "The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the most powerful V8 car its ever made". Fox News. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Bigg, Martin (28 February 2019). "Ferrari F8 Tributo Revealed as 488 GTB Replacement". Carbuzz. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Mehr Power und weniger Gewicht: Ferrari F8 Tributo" [More power and less weight: Ferrari F8 Tributo]. Die Welt (in German). 28 February 2019. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d Stoklosa, Alexander (28 February 2019). "The 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo Takes the Mid-Engined Sports Car Back to its Roots". Car and Driver. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  7. ^ https://i.ibb.co/4NjWpW7/R-T-F8-Tributo.jpg[bare URL image file]
  8. ^ Smith, Christopher (28 February 2019). "2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo: See The Changes Side-by-Side". Motor1.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Ferrari F8 Spider". ferrari.com. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  10. ^ White, Anne (8 September 2019). "Ferrari F8 Spider Is the 710-HP Tributo Plus Wind in Your Hair". Car and Driver. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  11. ^ "One-off Ferrari SP48 Unica revealed". evo.co.uk. evo.co.uk. 6 May 2022. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  12. ^ "New Ferrari SP48 Unica is radical F8-based one-off". autocar.co.uk/. autocar.co.uk/. 6 May 2022. Retrieved 6 May 2022.

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