The first spy-photos of the real prototype of the forthcoming Ferrari F450 have emerged – and the car photographed doesn’t wear an inch of disguise! While some of the body pieces are missing on this prototype, a large portion of the production sheet metal is clearly visible!
The F450 is rumoured to have a higher power output than the 520-horsepower F430 Scuderia. Ferrari will use the same double-clutch gearbox from the California for the F450, coupled with a 4.5-liter V8 engine. How the global Great Recession has affected the scarlet marque remains to be seen. There’s speculation about the possible inclusion of advanced and expensive technologies, such as a road car version of electronic KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System, a sophisticated form of regenerative braking used in hybrids only here to boost performance) under development in the ultra-expensive world of Formula One racing that Ferrari has long dominated.
Ferrari has apparently code-named the car “F142,” and it is expected to make its first public showing at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009. Deliveries would then commence just over a year from now. More pictures available at www.LeftLaneNews.com. Photo Credit: Brenda Priddy & Co.