For a vehicle we don’t know much about (yet) other than some clues such as the use of an electrified powertrain, Ferrari’s engineers are sure getting plenty of drive time behind the wheel of the camouflaged LaFerrari Aperta-based test mule that was spied once again on public roads. See the latest photos in the gallery below. [Updated 11/17/2020]
Ferrari seems to be working on a mystery new model and these could be the first spy shots proving it.
Yes, we’re aware that this test car looks like a LaFerrari, a hypercar that entered production in June 2013 and was discontinued in August 2018. Over that period, Ferrari built 500 LaFerrari coupes and 210 LaFerrari Aperta roadsters.
Why is Ferrari testing a fully-camouflaged LaFerrari on the public roads around its factory in Maranello, then? The most logical answer could be that this is a mule for a future halo car with some form of electrification (the flash symbol stickers indicate that).
Despite the brand new camouflage tape covering everything, we can still spot some interesting changes over the actual LaFerrari production model. For example, the front bumper lacks the central aero element, the side air intakes have a different design, and the window above the engine does not reach as low as on the LaFerrari.
This test mule (if indeed it is one) appears based on the LaFerrari Aperta judging by the lower side mirrors and the design of the roof. There are many more changes, including missing air intakes in the front bonnet, different air intakes flanking the rear window, and newly-designed third braking light.
Finally, this mystery prototype has five lug nuts per wheel, while the original LaFerrari had single lug nuts. Seeing this test car leaves us with more questions than answers. Is it a mule for a LaFerrari successor? Is it an upcoming one-off hypercar based on the LaFerrari? Or something else entirely? We’re dying to learn more about this car and we’re sure you are too.