Ferrari 499P Hypercar Sounds Like a Spaceship on Sebring Pole Lap


Antonio Fuoco manhandled the No. 50 Ferrari 499P Hypercar to pole place for this weekend’s Sebring 1000 Miles, eclipsing the race-favorite Toyotas within the first day out for Maranello’s new prototype. Observing the onboard digicam for Fuoco’s pole-setting lap displays simply how briskly the automobile is, nevertheless it additionally unearths one thing much more attention-grabbing: the sound.

Best-shelf WEC race vehicles have produced distinctive sounds for some time now, most commonly because of their hybrid techniques and complicated drivetrain packaging. This Ferrari, on the other hand, sounds much more distinctive—it sounds extra like a spaceship than it does a gasoline-powered race automobile. Underneath complete acceleration, it is onerous to even pay attention the equipment shifts over the hybrid whirr—particularly in comparison to, say, a turbo hybrid Formulation 1 automobile.

Coasting or braking unearths just a little extra of a well-recognized sound, with the combustion engine’s decelerating and downshifting being audible. However as soon as Fuoco steps at the throttle once more, there may be little to no rumble that might make you consider there is a purpose-built, twin-turbo V6 pumping out a blended 670 horsepower. Of the ones ponies, roughly 268 come from the electrical motor on my own.

Fuoco controlled a 1:45.067 lap across the Florida street route, adopted by means of two Toyotas with a 1:45.281 and 1:45.548, respectively. The second one Ferrari 499P will get started from fourth position after atmosphere a lap time of one:45.874 all the way through qualifying, whilst the Cadillac V-Sequence R rounds out the highest 5 with a time of one:46.082. The brand new Porsche 963s needed to accept 6th and 7th positions.

Observing onboards from Sebring is at all times a really perfect reminder of the extent of ability essential to grasp the bumpy circuit, and Fuoco’s lap is an ideal instance of mastery. We lately highlighted a video from Fernando Alonso’s pole-setting lap on the wheel of his Toyota prototype, and it is mind-blowing. For what it is price, that automobile sounds higher.

The Sebring 1000 Miles kicks off Saturday, March 18, at 10:10 a.m. ET.

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