Is This Mysterious Ferrari 458 Italia Mule Hiding A Hybrid Powertrain?

It appears as though Ferrari is developing a new hybrid powertrain for one of its road cars; and this is how we know it.

In late July, a YouTuber stumbled upon an intriguing 458-based test mule which seems to be equipped with some kind of hybrid engine. As the weird-looking mule passes the camera, it is completely silent.

Take a closer look at the vehicle and you’ll notice a few other interesting things. Perhaps most obvious is the fact that this mule is wearing the body of a 458 Italia, rather than the newer 488 GTB. Additionally, it has the same headlights and taillights as the 458. Beyond that, it is fitted with a custom hood, complete with massive air ducts, while the rear incorporates a large roof scoop to feed the powertrain.

The mule was also sporting a clear panel in the center of the rear fascia which shows some kind of battery pack.

In April, the late Sergio Marchionne confirmed that Ferrari was working on a hybrid powertrain that will be able to run on electric power alone for a certain distance. What’s more, FCA’s former chief executive revealed that a hybrid V8 powertrain will arrive in 2019, but failed to disclose what vehicle it would debut in.

One possibility is that Ferrari will introduce this hybrid system into its first-ever SUV, thought to arrive sometime next year. Alternatively, there is a slight chance it may be introduced in an all-new new Ferrari supercar or a future variant of one of the marque’s existing models. Whatever the case may be, it is obvious that, after forced induction, Ferrari is also embracing electrification.

 

  • Christian

    Next Fiat Punto…

    • Six_Tymes

      hue hue hue…

      • Christian

        you laugh like Elon Musk… So guess you didn’t like it…

  • Six_Tymes

    looking forward to see what type of advancements they made since the LaFerrari, if any

  • Magazine rumors somehow connect it to Ferrari SUV. But either way all Ferrari will be hybrid in few years.

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