Ferrari is reportedly in the midst of developing a modular platform to underpin a number of its next-generation cars.
Automobile Magazine reports that the new modular platform will be an aluminium space frame capable of supporting both front- and mid-engined cars. The versatility of the platform would also mean suspension components, powertrains and electronics could be shared between different Ferrari models.
If Ferrari does indeed release a modular platform in the coming years, it will be just the latest in a long line of automakers adopting such setups. The MQB platform developed by Volkswagen is used throughout the Volkswagen Group and helps dramatically cut development times of new and upgraded models.
The first Ferrari tipped to use the modular platform will be the next-generation California. As part of Ferrari’s attempt to improve the California’s driving dynamics, it will go on a substantial diet but is tipped to maintain a similar folding hardtop to the current model.
Power wise, the next-gen Ferrari California is expected to retain the twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 of the current car. With that being said, it will inevitably be modified to produce even more power while also being more fuel efficient. Thanks to these developments, it is hoped that the next-gen California will be more track focused than the existing California T.