It’s still early days for the Ferrari SF90, but already German tuner Novitec has found a way to liberate a bit more power and torque from the all-wheel drive hybrid hypercar’s V8.
Normally a tuner like Novitec would, before fitting any new parts, have a play with the ECU. But we suspect the SF90’s brain is more complicated than most cars’, so for now the extra 33bhp and 43lb ft comes solely from a new exhaust.
The “elaborately calibrated” system, with 100-cell metal catalysts, helps the engine breathe more freely and better regulate temperature in the engine bay. Optional gold-plating does an even better job of regulating heat, and you can have a version of the system fashioned from F1-style Inconel if you wish.
Total system output is up from 986bhp to 1,019bhp – not a big step, admittedly, but we’re promised “further performance upgrades” are in development along with a carbon-fibre aero kit. Novitec says 0100kph takes 2.5 seconds, and the top speed is “over 340kph”.
This particular SF90 is wearing special wheels courtesy of Vossen. Further improving that stance is the lowered ride height – by 30mm at the front at 25mm at the back.