It's been almost a week since the unveil, and I've given the The Ferrari and the new batch of Hypercars much thought.
Maybe I spoke too soon when I replied to a poll on the subject last week. There I replied, "I don't think Ferrari was as thorough as McLaren in their design, and I don't think Porsche set it's performance targets as high". I'll stick with what I said regarding the Porsche, but there's still a wild card regarding the The Ferrari. Curb weight. I'm not sure where the figure originated, but 2700lbs is the unofficial figure being thrown around. This figure seems unattainable to me given the HY-KERS technology, but we'll see. Even a 3000lb Ferrari would be a substantial 400-500lbs lighter than the McLaren.
In 2007 Ferrari showed the Millechili Concept. Shown to promote their new philosophy of light weight with less power. The concept (which really never got of the drawing board) weighed 1000kg (2200lbs) and produced 500-600hp. At the time a spokesperson is quoted as saying, "A two-ton car with 1000hp is not the future". Did they keep the light weight philosophy at all? Were they able to with the HY-KERS system? Or did they throw it all out the window?
There's little question in my mind that the McLaren's aerodynamics and braking technology will be far superior. 2g cornering forces are extremely impressive, and 2g braking forces are out of this world. But if the The Ferrari does come in substantially lighter than the P1, there will still be a real battle.
On a side note: If you haven't guessed yet, I hate the name. It's lame on two counts. First is the one many have mentioned. To say or write it leads to questionable results. Secondly, Dino has been used, Enzo too, and now Ferrari. What's left? If this is The Ferrari (which is to say all others are irrelevant or lesser cars), what happens when the time comes for it's successor? Will they start naming their cars sequels? An Enzo II? A clear case of lack of long term vision and respect for the company, in the name of executives filling their pockets before retirement. Lame.