• Ferrari will build hybrid to protect V12

When Ferrari unveiled the Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS at the Geneva Motor Show people asked why Ferrari developed a hybrid model. And the answer is not "because the market asked for it", but, according to Amedeo Felisa it was in order to protect the V12 engine.

In an interview with AutoCar he said: "That is why we are developing hybrid technology. Hybrid means we can protect the V12. And while people expect Ferrari to adopt turbocharging for future generations of its V8 models, he said that the next Enzo might be powered by a V12 engine mated to an electric motor.

Now, we are a little confused because a few days ago, AutoCar reported that "Felisa also hinted that the new Ferrari Enzo will be powered by a direct-injection twin-turbo V8 when it is launched in 2012." So, V8 or V12? Unfortunately, it seems that Ferrari is going to keep us guessing until the curtain is finally pulled back to reveal their choice.

We also don’t fully understand the resistance to turbocharging. Ferrari has used this tactic in the past with the likes of the Ferrari 288 GTO and the Ferrari F40. Of course that was with the V8 and before they switched to a naturally aspirated V12 in 1995. It seems Ferrari has no intentions of going backwards.

So, what do you think about that?


Source: Autocar

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  (474) posted on 07.27.2011

Well, v12 engine produced a high performing vehicle compare to hybrid car though they are eco-friendly. And this kind of vehicle is the bet solution for fuel crisis.

  (484) posted on 07.27.2011

The styling of the car is quite impressive! However, its just sad that hybrid car is quite pricey. I’d rather choose the v12 over this car for I can’t afford to buy onesmiley

  (334) posted on 05.25.2011

We all know on how this car is very environmental friendly but its price tag is freaking high plus they have used a turbocharged engine in this car that makes it more pricey.

  (599) posted on 05.25.2011

At the first glance I can see the Maserati platform on this car. Well, its a good thing that even Ferrari tries to make a hybrid cars. I bet with the v12 technology in this car it would probably run like a real racing car.

  (543) posted on 05.26.2010

Not quite dude... ferrari became well known because of the engine’s sound and the drivers who drove it.

  (331) posted on 05.25.2010

Why in the world ferrari protect the v12? ferrari became well known for it’s engine. and there is no reason for the ferrari to cease the v12 production.

  (462) posted on 05.25.2010

I’ve heard that the new Ferrari features a new kind of electric motor which helps with the longitudinal and lateral dynamics.

  (815) posted on 05.24.2010

for sure they will make use of the v8 engine with turbo charge. More lighter and less fuel consumption.

  (648) posted on 05.23.2010

well atleast they listen to the customers demand to lessen the fuel consumption and ended up with a hybrid one.

  (512) posted on 05.23.2010

Well, the greener the better. E cars are the latest innovation of cars today, that’s why many automobile company are coping with it.

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