To prepare a car for the upcoming season, it has to pass a series of crash tests. Scuderia Ferrari could now proceed with the development of its 2011 racer after the chassis for the model has recently passed the tests.
According to Italian media, the vehicle has overcome this first step, which Ferrari has been awaiting in order to continue with working on the successor of their F10 challenger. This is because in comparison to the predecessor, the 2011 chassis features several vital revisions in terms of construction and composite materials.
It has been reported that the materials used for the construction of the 2011 car are more extreme. A report from GMM revealed that Ferrari's crash test chief Davide Terletti investigated a crack that opened on the surface of the monocoque.
But this was not enough to cause the chassis to fail the tests. These mandatory monocoque tests are conducted under FIA guidelines and in the presence of an official observer at the CSI technical facility in Bollate, near Milan. There will be more crash tests to be done but these will be done on other parts of the Ferrari car, not the basic chassis.
It was reported days ago that Ferrari might be unveiling a shooting brake concept based on the 612 Scaglietti at the upcoming 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March. This was reported by British magazine AutoExpress.
According to the same sources, it seems that the new concept will be served by a V12 engine. It will be built to see how far can Ferrari expand its lineup, as well as to to transform the 612 Scaglietti into a super coupe. The same source remarked that Ferrari would never build an SUV as it would kill the Ferrari tradition of being known as one of the best sports cars manufacturer.
Late last year at the 2010 Bologna Motor Show (35th edition), Ferrari unveiled the new 458 Challenge race car. Basically a lighter and faster version of the mid-engine 458 Italia supercar, the 458 Challenge will take part in the one-make race series starting from 2011.
The Ferrari 458 Challenge and the regular 458 Italia car are powered by the same 4.5-liter V8 engine that delivers 562 bhp of max output at 9,000 rpm. However, since the new 458 Challenge is intended for track use, it comes with revised gear ratios and a recalibrated F1 gearbox. The new Ferrari 458 Challenge is also equipped with the E-Diff electronic differential, which is already employed on the 458 Italia road-going version.