The smothering hot LaFerrari is still fresh on the scene, but Ferrari is already working on its successor, having teamed up with Altair ProductDesign to develop a next-generation supercar platform.
Designers and engineers from both Altair and Ferrari worked closely together to develop the architecture, which will serve as the “basis of several new flagship vehicle derivatives.”
It will be 15 percent lighter than the chassis currently used by Ferrari models (the LaFerrari weighs around 3,495 lbs) and is expected to improve crashworthiness and NVH by about 20 percent.
Maximilian Szwaj, Ferrari’s Director of Innovation and BIW Development, stated:
“It was important for Altair to supply both CAD and CAE expertise to facilitate tight integration particularly when packaging ideas and manufacturing process are so fluid. The speed of the optimization processes deployed were able to control the weight whilst achieving the demanding structural targets as new packaging changes were introduced. For Ferrari, the Next Generation platform is a significant engineering achievement and a symbol of our successful collaboration with Altair.”
With Ferrari launching a new flagship model every 10 years or so, a LaFerrari successor could arrive sometime the early 2020s. How do you think it will turn out?