There is a growing conviction that footage obtained late last year of a Ferrari LaFerrari supercar conducting a test at the company’s Fiorano test track was indeed a secret test of the new 2014 V6 turbo unit.
With running of the new units not permitted at least in an F1 car until the opening test at Jerez later this month, the video, which can be seen here, appears to show the supercar running with a small turbocharged engine with an F1-style airbox, rather than it’s usual V12 unit.
Auto Sport und Motor correspondent Tobias Gruner has obtained further evidence that indeed the LaFerrari was running with the new V6 turbo engine as photos suggest the car had a "camouflaged livery”, a “suspiciously large air intake” and a “giant wing” on the back.
Gruner also reports the car had the black and yellow warning sticker which suggests the car was also running some kind of electrical unit, possible the new ERS system which will accompany the V6 engine.
“Ferrari will not publicly comment on the test,” Gruner said, adding it is feasible the Italian carmaker was in the initial stages of testing for a possible return to Le Mans racing, which has also been mentioned.
However, having such a modified chassis complete with the single rear exhaust that all F1 cars will have in 2014 as well as the unmistakeable sound of a turbo unit in action, there is very little that would disprove the theory that indeed Ferrari have gotten potentially one step ahead by conducting some on-track running.
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