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Will the hardcore 812 be Ferrari’s last V-12 car without electrification or turbocharging?

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2022 Ferrari 812 GTO spy shots - Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Ferrari is developing a hardcore version of its 812 Superfast as a likely sendoff for the model line, similar to how the automaker launched the F12 tdf at the end of the F12 Berlinetta’s run.

According to Autocar, the hardcore 812 could also serve as a sendoff for Ferrari’s V-12 engine in non-electrified or non-turbocharged guise.

Ferrari has made it clear the V-12 is here to stay for the foreseeable future, albeit augmented by hybrid or turbocharging technology to ensure the automaker’s fleet can stay on the right side of tightening emission standards.

Ferrari in the past has hinted at hybrid technology as the preferred option for the V-12, with turbocharging relegated to the V-8 and a future V-6 being developed. Recall, Ferrari’s LaFerrari hypercar featured a V-12 with a mild-hybrid system. An electrified V-12 is also tipped to be an option for Ferrari’s Purosangue SUV due in 2022.

2022 Ferrari 812 GTO spy shots – Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Should Autocar‘s claims prove accurate, the hardcore 812, which is tipped to be badged a GTO, could become a major target among collectors, just as the 458 Speciale, the last Ferrari with a V-8 sans electrification or turbocharging, has become.

Prototypes for the hardcore 812 were spotted last summer near Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters. The car is expected to debut later this year and should boast chassis upgrades coupled with more power than the 812 Superfast’s 789 hp.

A production run of 812 units is expected and a convertible option is also a possibility, according to Autocar.

Sadly, there’s likely to be a time when no new Ferrari offers an internal-combustion engine of any type. The automaker is already preparing for this future with a battery-electric model due around the middle of the decade.

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Shelby F-250 Super Baja is the Super Duty Raptor America wants

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2021 Ford Shelby F-250 Super Baja

Ford doesn’t make an F-250 Raptor, leaving an opening for the aftermarket. Shelby American already sells upgraded Ford F-150 pickups, but now the company is launching an F-250 Super Duty with enhanced off-road capability.

The 2021 Ford Shelby F-250 Super Baja gets a new suspension from Fox, giving it an increased ride height and better off-road handling, Shelby said in a press release. The truck also gets 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 tires on 18-inch alloy wheels—including two spares mounted on a rack in the bed. Those are bigger tires than the factory F-250 Tremor model, which rolls on 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac rubber.

Other exterior alterations include a ram-air hood, powder-coated steel front and rear bumpers, fender flares, power side steps with rock sliders and lights, powder-coated exhaust tips, and extra LED lighting all around.

2021 Ford Shelby F-250 Super Baja

The interior sports leather seat covers, carbon-fiber trim, stainless steel gauges, and a serialized dashboard plaque.

Shelby didn’t mention any powertrain modifications. The Super Baja uses the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V-8, which produces 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque from the factory. That tremendous amount of torque is sent to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Production is limited to 250 units, with a base price of $125,805, including the cost of a 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat Ultimate 4×4 donor vehicle. Shelby provides its own 3-year/36,000-mile vehicle warranty, and its modifications don’t affect the factory powertrain warranty. If the Shelby F-250 isn’t to your liking, Roush offers its own suspension and styling upgrades, and there’s also a limited-edition Harley-Davidson F-250.

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Ferrari headed to Le Mans Hypercar class in 2023

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Ferrari at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans

In the early 1960s, Ferrari dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans, before being shut down by Ford and its GT40. Ferrari gradually withdrew from sports-car racing, shifting focus to Formula One, but now it’s back.

The automaker announced Wednesday that it will join the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) class in 2023, marking a return to the legendary French endurance race as a factory team.

LMH is the new top class in the WEC, replacing the LMP1 hybrid prototypes that have ruled the roost since the 2012 season. The main difference is that LMH cars are loosely based on production models, albeit low-volume hypercars, hence the name. While a mystery test mule tipped to be a LaFerrari successor has been spotted in Maranello, it’s unclear if this will be the road-going counterpart to Ferrari’s LMH racer.

Ferrari said it just kicked off development of its LMH contender “in recent weeks,” and won’t announce further details of the car, or the driver lineup, until a later date.

Ferrari at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans

The automaker last competed in the top tier of FIA sports-car racing in 1973, when the series was known as the World Sports Car Championship. Its last overall Le Mans victory came in 1965, but Ferrari has been represented by various privateer teams running in the lower-level GT classes. AF Corse scored a GTE Pro class win at Le Mans in 2019, and Ferrari won the WEC GT manufacturer’s championship in 2017.

The first race for LMH cars will be the 2021 WEC season opener at Portimao April 4. Toyota, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, and Germany’s ByKolles will field cars in the first season, while Peugeot is expected to join in 2022.

Aston Martin was originally expected to join the LMH class with a race-ready version of the Valkyrie, but the automaker put those plans on hold following the announcement of the LMDh class for the United States-based IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which will replace the current DPi prototype class for the 2023 season.

Meanwhile, Porsche plans to return to Le Mans with an LMDh entry, a move made possible because the class rules are being developed in concert with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), which sanctions the race. That means we’ll see Porsche and Ferrari battling for victory at Le Mans in just a few years. The top series of endurance racing will once again be a spectacle.

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Battery-electric crossover in the works

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2022 Genesis GV70

Genesis is close to revealing its first battery-electric vehicle, a compact crossover code-named the JW and possibly destined to be called a “GV60” or “eGV60.”

However, this is just one of several electric vehicles the Korean brand has in the pipeline. Also out testing is an electric version of the G80, and now an electric version of the recently revealed GV70 has been spotted.

The GV70 is a small crossover that arrives at dealerships later this year as a 2022 model. It will go up against vehicles like the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, while its electric variant will take on the likes of the Tesla Model Y, Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-Tron.

We know the prototype is for an electric version of the GV70 because of the missing exhaust tips and the sealed-off grille. Trademark filings with the United States Patent and Trademark Office discovered in January suggest the electric GV70 could be badged an “eGV70.”

2022 Genesis GV70

2022 Genesis GV70

2022 Genesis GV70

It isn’t clear what platform will underpin the vehicle. The likely bet is a modified version of the regular GV70’s platform. Known as M3, the aluminum-intensive platform is exclusive to Genesis and is also found in the G80 and GV80.

As for its upcoming JW electric crossover, Genesis will use Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP dedicated EV platform. The vehicle is a twin to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 revealed on Tuesday, and Kia is working on a similar model due for a reveal in March.

Recent reports out of Korea claim the electric GV70 will enter production in December. Those reports also point to an electric GV80 being developed.

Should the electric GV70 be approved for the United States, we’ll likely see it arrive in 2022 as a 2023 model. As mentioned above, the regular GV70 arrives later this year. Two powertrains have been confirmed: a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 and 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. They will deliver 300 and 375 hp, respectively.

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