The 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Dominates as the Quickest Car of the Decade

Car and Driver released its picks for the quickest cars of the decade. Amidst the land-rockets that scorched onto the tarmac, Car and Driver deemed the Ferrari SF90 Stradale hypercar as the quickest.

Where Did The Ferrari SF90 Perform?

Having almost 1,000 horsepower allowed the Stradale to blitz the lap record at Indianapolis. It earned a 1:29.6 with a 174.6 mph top speed, according to Motortrend. The nearest production car to the Stradale is the Porsche 918 Spyder, which set a 1:34.4.

How Did The Ferrari SF90 Achieve Its Speed?

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Ferrari SF90 Stradale Front | Martyn Lucy/Getty Images

The Stradale’s powerplant probably allowed it to overtake cars like the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder and Lamborghini Huracan Performante. The Stradale uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with three AC motors for 986 combined horsepower, thus launching the 3840 lb stallion to 60 mph in 2 seconds, according to Car and Driver.

The Stradale is all-wheel drive, with two electric motors on the front axle. Its V8 rests behind the seats, and a third electric motor lies between the V8 and its transmission. However, Michelin helped the Stradale along as well, equipping its carbon fiber wheels with Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

This particular Stradale used the Assetto Fiorano package, which installs titanium springs, Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers, and a bigger spoiler. It also includes a titanium exhaust and those carbon fiber wheels. If the Ferrari’s Price tag wasn’t already through the roof at $511,250, then the Assetto Fiorano package gave it the boost it needed. The Fiorano package costs an extra $193,697, totaling the car at $704,929. 

Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale marks a long list of firsts for the Italian automaker. The Stradale is the first Ferrari to use brake-by-wire as well as electric power steering and all-wheel drive. It’s also the first-ever hybrid Ferrari.

What Else Made The Cut For Car and Driver

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Lamborghini Huracan Performance | Photo by Martyn Lucy/Getty Images

Stradale was also up against titans like the Bugatti Chiron Sport, which got 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, and the BMW M8, which got 2.5 seconds. Even the Corvette C8 made the list, as well as the 2020 Tesla Model S Performance. The Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren Senna were fighting for table scraps down around the 2.7-second mark.

Who Drove The Ferrari At Indianapolis?

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Ferrari SF90 Stradale Rear | Martyn Lucy/Getty Images

Ferrari Development Driver Francesco Arati drove the Stradale to its lap record. Arati raced professionally in the 2012 FIA European Rally Championship. He raced in the Rally 1000 Miglia at the wheel of a Renault Twingo, however, he only managed to finish P27. 

Car and Driver it seems made the right choice with making the 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale the quickest car of the decade. The yellow prancing horse emblem on one of the fastest cars ever should surprise no one, but factoring in its hybrid powertrain yields some mysticism. Given its performance, it’s no wonder the SF90 costs the same as a house in the mid-west.

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