The new Ferrari Portofino may seem like no more than a California replacement, but the engineering will affect the way all Ferraris are likely to be built.
Although, like other Ferraris, the Portofino is located on a structure of aluminum, the brand has made a great effort to reduce the number of parts are used– not only to reduce the complexity, but also help the stiffness and reduce the weight.
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The best example of this new process is the a-pillar, the number of components of which has been reduced from 21 in California to only two in the Portofino.
The number of pieces used to make the chassis has fallen by 40%, while the stiffness of the chassis has improved by 35%. In general, the weight of the new car has been reduced by 80 kg
Ferrari tech chief Michael Leiters confirmed for Autocar that “the technology will also be carried for use in models of the future”, suggesting that a greater saving in the weight and the number of components can be made across the board.
Ferrari focused on the loss of each piece of dough that canbecause he knows how much weight is added when the hybrid technology is used for the first time in one of their main production models. The replacement for the 488 GTB is likely to be the first of these cars.
The hybrid system used in the LaFerrari added approximately 200 kg of its weight in vacuum. Is Leiters the hope that at least half of that can be countered by such chassis integration techniques, as well as the most intelligent and strategic use of building materials.
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