The LaFerrari will remain the crown jewel of Ferraris for at least three years until a proper successor arrives to fulfill its duties. Thatâ€™s according to the Italian automakerâ€™s Chief Technology Officer, Michael Leiters.
Speaking with Autocar, Leiters said that Ferrari is busy updating its research and development strategy to ensure the LaFerrariâ€™s successor is born from the latest and greatest innovations. He then offered up a timeframe of â€œthree to five yearsâ€ before we see the fruits of Ferrariâ€™s labour.
â€œThe roadmap will be finished in about six months,â€ he said. â€œSo my guess is that we could be three to five years away from a new limited-edition hypercar. Part of the plan is to ensure that the technology used in the next hypercar can be cascaded through the rest of the range.â€
Looking towards the future, turbocharging wonâ€™t be a part of it, at least with regards to Ferrariâ€™s V-12 engines. Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne previously called turbocharging a V-12 engine â€œnuts,â€ effectively ruling out forced induction for any V-12 powered Ferraris.Â
However, he did add hybrid solutions will be examined very carefully with a focus on improving performance, not just meeting various emission regulations.
As for what to expect from a LaFerrari successor, Leiters alluded it wonâ€™t take an F1 car approach as the marque has in the past, as he brought up the F50 specifically.
â€œWhen we define our new roadmap of technology and innovation, we will then consider a replacement for LaFerrari,â€ said Leiters. â€œWe want to do something different. It wonâ€™t be a road car with a Formula 1 engine because, to be realistic, it would need to idle at 2500-3000rpm and rev to 16,000rpm. The F50 used an F1 engine, but it needed to be changed a lot,â€ he added, referencing the limited-edition successor to the F40.
Weâ€™re sure whatever the bright minds at Ferrari dream up will be nothing short of impressiveâ€”hopefully with a better name.Â