More often than not, Maranello’s spy footage features Ferrari’s latest hypercars on its Fiorano test track – the same circuit where the brand’s F1 team cut their teeth. However, recent footage shows a mid-engined test mule quietly prowling the streets of Maranello.
The exact name has yet to be confirmed, but the description in the video speaks of onlookers calling him the Dino. To offer some perspective, the name Dino is actually a painful subject in Ferrari history. Enzo Ferrari’s first son Alfredo – nicknamed Alfredino or Dino – was employed as an automotive engineer at the Italian car manufacturer.
Sadly, Dino passed away at the age of 24 after a long battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In honor of his late son, Enzo gave his name to a collection of racing cars. Powered by the same 1.5-liter V6 engine Dino designed, the track-ready technology eventually spread to a mid-engined road car.
Rumor has it that the test mule could be powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine backed by a performance hybrid system. It’s unclear whether the powertrain will receive any F1-inspired technology from Scuderia Ferrari, but we bet it will be a bespoke unit designed and built by Ferrari themselves. We’ve also heard that the Italian automaker may adapt the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, which could easily develop 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts).
For those who are worried about the soundtrack, we wouldn’t panic. Sure, it’s impossible to compete with LaFerrari’s 6.3-liter V12, but many automakers know how to blackmail a V6.