In the video, there is a piece paper giving the model number of the car as “F142M M3”. F142M is the internal code for the Ferrari 488, and we don’t know what M3 stands for. It might be a more faster sharper version of the standard car and rumored to have battery assistance too.
From the engine sound, it appears the twin turbo V8 is still doing duty on the car. From the front there looks to be extra air intakes that are covered on the test car though. In the video below, the car is said to have KERS or Kinetic Energy Recovery System, where energy otherwise lost during braking is recovered and added to the braking system.
The Ferrari 488 is a relatively new car and it’s not yet time for a faster version of the car. 458 had a premature retirement mainly because of the threat from Mclaren and Porsche as their cars are starting to be faster than the Ferrari’s. With the Ferrari 488, the Italians have sort of played catch up with Mclaren’s 650S and 675 LT.
A souped up Ferrari 488 with a some extra electric juice courtesy of a battery pack and KERS should increase performance. Larger turbos should put out more power and the electric power should take care of the turbo lag.
All this might put Ferrari back on top, and the others playing catch up again. It’s time hypercar technology started seeping through to the other cars in the lineup, and some of LaFerrari’s tech will debut too.
Too lazy to type anything, so re quoting from the best F1 driver in the world:
“On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit'. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”
― Ayrton Senna