Future Ferrari Engines will be Turbocharged or Hybrid
With all the influx happening within Ferrari these days, you can at least count on one thing happening moving forward; the Italian automaker will continue to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2021. In order to accomplish that, Ferrari powertrain director Vittorio Dini told Automotive News that the company will continue down the path of using turbochargers on its V-8 engines and combining hybrid systems with its V-12 engines.
Ferrari already has two cars using a variation of each engine system. The California T already features a turbocharged V-8, becoming the first production turbocharged Ferrari since the iconic F40. On the flip-side, the LaFerrari became the first Ferrari to use a hybrid system, which was combined with a 6.3-liter V-12 to produce a combined 963 horsepower.
Moving forward, Dini told Automotive News that all V-8-powered Ferraris will use turbochargers, including the next iterations of the 458 Italia and the 458 Spider, which are scheduled to arrive in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The challenge with these turbocharged V-8 engines would be to decrease their displacements while increasing their output numbers.
A similar re-engineering is also expected to happen to the Ferrari FF and F12berlinetta, two models that currently use V-12 engines. Dini stopped short of officially confirming plans to use hybrid technology on both models, but don’t be surprised if the next FF arrives in 2016 with a hybrid system of its own. Same with the next F12berlinetta, which Ferrari may release in 2017 with modified version of the hybrid system.
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Why It Matters
For a company that once said it had no plans to produce hybrid vehicles, Ferrari sure has done a 180-degree turn on the issue. Of course, strict new regulations in the U.S. and other parts of the world eventually forced its hand. But give credit to Maranello for recognizing the changing landscape of the industry and doing something about it instead of moping around and lamenting the slow demise of naturally aspirated engines.
The California T and the LaFerrari proved that the Italian automaker is capable of adhering to these new regulations while continuing to build supercars that keep young gearheads dreaming of one day owning a Prancing Horse. Now, Ferrari’s thinking toward a future where all of its models will either carry turbocharged V-8s or hybrid V-12s.
Something like this would have sounded blasphemous 10 years ago, but times are different, and Ferrari’s doing the best it can to abide by the current fuel-efficiency rules in the industry these days.
And if there’s one thing the California T and the LaFerrari have shown us, it’s that Ferrari can abide with the rest of the business without compromising its true identity as an exotic brand.
First introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari LaFerrari marked a lot of firsts for the Italian automaker. It was the first Ferrari to use hybrid technology, and it was also the first Ferrari to turn grown men like me into whimpering fan-boys. Those two things alone has given the LaFerrari the kind of cache not a lot of today’s exotic supercars have.
The LaFerrari still has a 6.3-liter V-12 engine that produces 800 horsepower. That’s all well and good, but the company also installed a new hybrid system to increase the supercar’s output to an incredible 963 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of twist. Altogether, the LaFerrari’s engine setup emits 330 grams of CO2 per kilometer. That may seem like a lot, but given that its 40-percent better than what the Enzo emitted, we’d say that’s a massive improvement.
Despite all that upheaval, the LaFerrari is still capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds to go with a top speed of 217 mph. That top speed isn’t a misprint either. The LaFerrari once clocked a lap time of under 1:20 at Fiorano, three seconds faster than the F12berlinetta, making it the fastest production car the Prancing Horse has ever built.
Sadly, only Ferrari built only 499 units of the LaFerrari, each priced at a bank-breaking $2 million. Oh, did I mention that the LaFerrari is already sold out?
Source: Automotive News