LaFerrari successor could be up to 15 percent lighter.

Ferrari has quietly started working on the next generation of its flagship supercar. Don’t get too excited though, as the Italian company is only in the preliminary stages of development and has just reached an agreement with its longtime design, engineering, and software partner Altair Product Design on the project.

Altair will be preparing the platform of the LaFerrari successor that will also be used for “several new flagship vehicle derivatives.” A team of engineers and designers from the company has been working at Ferrari’s vehicle development center in Italy alongside the supercar manufacturer’s own design, engineering, and manufacturing teams.

The LaFerrari debuted some three years ago, which means we are still at least four or even five years away from seeing Ferrari’s next flagship supercar. Still, Altair already says the platform of the car will be 15 percent lighter, while providing improved strength, and lower noise and vibration levels by up to 20 percent.

If we try to translate this into numbers, the new range topping Ferrari car could weigh around 2,976 pounds (1,350 kilograms) – versus 3,495 lbs (1,585 kg) for the LaFerrari.

“I love the Next Generation architecture, it has an organic nature, with the structure flowing smoothly from sections to joints,” Dr. Royston Jones, executive VP European operations and global CTO at Altair Product Design, commented. “It’s an outcome of a massive deployment of structural optimization defining optimum material layout resulting in outstanding weight / performance characteristics. I believe it truly warrants the title of Next Generation and importantly, repays Ferrari’s trust.”

Let's not forget Ferrari is currently busy preparing the open-top Aperta for its big debut at the Paris Motor Show in early October.

Source: Altair Product Design via Automotive News

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TROY, Mich. – July 27, 2016, Altair has collaborated with luxury sports car maker,Ferrari, to design and engineer the company’s ‘Next Generation’ vehicle platform which will be the basis of several new flagship vehicle derivatives. The announcement signifies the strong and mutually beneficial relationship that the two companies have enjoyed since Ferrari started working with Altair over a decade ago.

To develop the Next Generation platform, Altair supplied a highly specialised group of designers and engineers working on-site at Ferrari’s vehicle development centre in Italy. The team worked alongside Ferrari’s own design, engineering and manufacturing teams.

Maximilian Szwaj, Ferrari’s Director of Innovation and BIW Development, stated, “It was important for Altair to supply both CAD and CAE expertise to facilitate tight integration particularly when packaging ideas and manufacturing process are so fluid. The speed of the optimization processes deployed were able to control the weight whilst achieving the demanding structural targets as new packaging changes were introduced. For Ferrari, the Next Generation platform is a significant engineering achievement and a symbol of our successful collaboration with Altair.”

Innovation is the driving force behind the vehicle development process at Ferrari and Altair’s team successfully utilised innovative design optimization methods (e.g.Altair’s Concept Optimization Driven Process C123), driven by the HyperWorks suite of simulation technologies. Outstanding performance is a fundamental part of Ferrari’s DNA. The Next Generation platform is 15% lighter, while enhancing the performance of crash, NVH and other critical attributes by over 20%. Altair’s solver and optimization technologies, RADIOSS and OptiStruct for crash and NVH respectively were key tools in achieving the outstanding weight and performance characteristics.

Dr. Royston Jones, Exec VP European Operations & Global CTO, Altair ProductDesign, “For Ferrari to trust Altair to support the delivery of the Next Generation platform as a strategic partner was a great compliment. Ferrari provided an Innovation Environment where, together with Ferrari’s engineering team, our engineers and designers had the freedom to apply new technologies. As an innovation strategy, Ferrari encourages ideas from everywhere and our new design processes were able to rapidly assess the majority of ideas.”

“I love the Next Generation architecture, it has an organic nature, with the structure flowing smoothly from sections to joints. It’s an outcome of a massive deployment of structural optimization defining optimum material layout resulting in outstanding weight / performance characteristics. I believe it truly warrants the title of Next Generation and importantly, repays Ferrari’s trust.”