Ferrari SF-23 powertrain and chassis engineers outline the team's upgrades during a year with strict development limits.

Dan Carney, Senior Editor

February 17, 2023

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New Ferrari team principal Frédéric Vasseur introduced the team's 2023 Formula 1 car at the company's Fiorano test track with employees watching from the grandstand.

Ferrari's car was fast last season but suffered reliability problems that the team sought to exorcize in the SF-23 racer for this season. But strict limits on budget, wind tunnel, and computational fluid dynamics along with a freeze on power unit specifications have made improvements hard to come by.

Nevertheless, the engineering team says that it has found the necessary upgrades.

“Over the past five weeks, I have had the chance to get to know many members of our team," said Vasseur. "We have a great group of people here and it is clear that motivation is high throughout the team."

"Today we launch our 2023 contender together with our partners and tifosi, and I am very pleased with how the car looks," Vasseur continued. "I love the red color and the ‘Effe Lunga’ that spans across the rear wing, reminding us of our heritage. Our focus will soon shift to another aspect, which is its speed and performance. Our objective is to win the championship, which will not be an easy task as our competitors will have exactly the same target in mind. We have to bring the right mindset with us and always work on being better tomorrow than we are today.”

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The real information comes from Enrico Gualtieri, Head of power unit engineering, and Enrico Cardile, Head of chassis engineering, who describe their upgrades to the SF-23 in our photo gallery Q&A. Click through to see what they told us.

2023 Ferrari SF-23 Specifications


  • The chassis is made from a carbon fiber composite honeycomb, with halo protection for the cockpit.

  • Longitudinal Ferrari gearbox with 8 forward gears and reverse

  • Hydraulically controlled rear differential

  • Brembo ventilated carbon discs (front and rear) with electronically controlled rear brakes

  • Push-rod front suspension, pull-rod rear suspension

  • Weight including coolant, oil, and driver: 798 kg

  • 18” front and rear wheels

  • Bodywork and seat in carbon fiber

Power unit

  • Name: 066/10

  • Cubic capacity: 1600 cc

  • Maximum rpm: 15,000

  • Supercharging: single turbocharger

  • Maximum fuel flow rate: 100 kg/hr

  • Maximum race fuel 110 kg

  • Configuration: 90° V6

  • Bore: 80 mm

  • Stroke: 53 mm

  • 4 valves per cylinder

  • Direct injection, max 500 bar

ERS System

  • Configuration: hybrid energy recovery system with electric motor generators

  • Battery pack: Lithium-ion batteries with a minimum weight of 20 kg

  • Maximum battery pack capacity: 4 MJ

  • MGU-K maximum power: 120 kW (163cv)

  • MGU-K maximum rpm: 50,000

  • MGU-H maximum rpm: 125,000

About the Author(s)

Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

Dan’s coverage of the auto industry over three decades has taken him to the racetracks, automotive engineering centers, vehicle simulators, wind tunnels, and crash-test labs of the world.

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