Ferrari Progetto F171: The return of the Dino?

Ferrari Progetto F171 | Image Credit: CAR and Driver
Ferrari Progetto F171 | Image Credit: CAR and Driver

CAR and Driver spies have hunted a new mid-engined horse rolling near the Maranello factory and as they point out it could be the long-awaited return of the Dino range, this time as a plug-in hybrid V6

There is a new and mysterious horse rolling around Maranello. One that, judging by the appearance that its camouflage lets us see, seems completely new and that according to our spies, responsible for these photos, for the moment receives the name of Ferrari Progetto F171, a name behind which could actually be the return of the Ferrari Dino range named after Enzo Ferrari's late first son and used in the 60s and 70s in somewhat more affordable models with a V8 and V6 engine with a central position and rear transmission.

A younger brother to the SF90 Stradale

Now it seems that the hypothesis of a return of this name, which resurfaces from time to time, is gaining strength again with this mysterious model in the full testing phase, especially considering that Ferrari has this trademark in its possession until 2030 in Europe, after several decades without using it in any model.

Whether or not it is true, what is certain is that this model looks as supercar as its older brothers, with a central engine format and a design that, although it is kept very hidden behind solid camouflage panels, seems to bring a style under them. with certain influences to the new Ferrari SF90 Stradale, with a tapered nose, slim headlights, quad taillights, two generous tailpipes located right in the center, rear-view mirrors positioned above the doors, and high and bulky rear.

The V6s return to Ferrari

Added to this is the fact that Ferrari confirmed in 2018 the development of a new family of V6 engines - in addition to new developments and technological improvements for the force-fed V8 and V12 architectures - which would fit perfectly with the return of the name. Dino to the Ferrari range. Of course, although it is a more compact engine it does not have to be weaker than its older brothers. Specifically, our spies speak of about 723 hp of power and 1,085 Nm of maximum torque in a plug-in hybrid mechanics with a 2.9-liter V6, similar to the 690T developed by Ferrari for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

This possibility seems to have more ballots to come true than a new synergy with Maserati to resort to its new V6 Nettuno used in the new MC20 since the firm of the trident announced that its supply agreement with Ferrari would end in 2021 or 2022.

In any case, all these data make it clear that Ferrari wants to repeat the formula executed by McLaren in its new Artura, in fact, as noted, they also want their engine to have a cylinder bank with an angle of 120 degrees, something that the Italian brand he was already doing world championship F1 cars in the 1960s. Even, and this is curious for a hybrid supercar, it will maintain an exclusively rear-wheel drive, despite using the same electric motor as the SF90, although in this case located between the crankshaft and the transmission, in order to achieve good torque compensation and a minimal lag.

And the best of all is that it seems that we will not have to wait long to see this new horse completely uncovered because the presentation of this Ferrari Progetto F171 could arrive at the end of this year 2021.

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