Ferrari Portofino’s Lightweight Technology to Impact All Upcoming Models
The recent launch of the latest Ferrari on the block, Portofino, is said to bring a revolution to the Italian automaker as it will reportedly influence the way all Ferraris are created. Though the new model features an aluminum structure just like the other models, Ferrari has made a huge effort in reducing the number of parts used to lessen weight and complexity as well as aid stiffness. The ideal example of this advanced process is the A-pillar, the component count of which has been reduced from 21 in the California to just two in the Portofino. The number of parts used for the chassis has decreased by 40 percent, while the chassis rigidity has enhanced by 35 percent. Overall, the new car’s weight has been cut down by 80 percent. In a statement, Ferrari technology chief Michael Leiters, confirmed that the technology would also be carried over for use in upcoming models, which implies that further savings in weight and component count is possible across the board. Nowadays, Ferrari is hell-bent in losing every scrap of mass it can as it knows the amount of weight that will be added when hybrid technology is utilized for the first time in one of its mainstream production models. The first such car is possibly the replacement for the 488 GTB. Around 200kg has been added by the hybrid system used in the LaFerrari to its kerb weight. Leiters is hoping that at least half of that can be countered by such chassis integration techniques and more strategic use of construction materials.   Source: