We’ve been waiting with baited breath to discover whether Ferrari’s brave new supercar would be a welcome one. The SF90 Stradale takes Maranello in a new direction of hybrid power, four-wheel drive and four-figure power outputs. Of course it reaches spectacular new heights of acceleration and traction – as well as, bizarrely, being the first ever Ferrari that can drive itself by the front wheels only – but we do admit to having a certain apprehension about whether it would feel like a ‘real’ Ferrari to drive. Well, now we know the answer – and so can you, by turning to page 16 and reading Chris Chilton’s first drive.
In other major news, the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Peugeot (PSA) seems to be going full steam ahead, and is expected to be concluded early in 2021. And now we know what the merged FCA/PSA entity will be called: Stellantis.
My first reaction was probably like yours: what on earth does that mean? I guess the group has to be known by some name, and ‘FCA-PSA-SpA’ is a bit of a mouthful. Apparently Stellantis derives from the Latin ‘stello’, meaning “to brighten with stars” and “pays tribute to the rich history of its founding companies, while the evocation of astronomy captures the true spirit of optimism, energy and renewal”. So there you have it. Don’t worry, though: the name will be used only at corporate level and won’t affect any of the names of the brands we love: Fiat, Abarth, Lancia and Alfa Romeo.
Speaking of Alfa, it’s great to be able to share its 110th birthday celebrations at the Arese museum this issue – even though I wasn’t there personally, as I’d planned to be, for obvious reasons. Happy birthday Alfa!