Ferrari Delays Its EV Plans, But It Has Absolutely Nothing to Do With Financial Stability
Word has been circling that Ferrari has delayed its plans to shift into building EVs until 2025, and it’s 100-percent true. Some outlets, however, would have you believe that Ferrari might not even be around by then – @FredericLambert from Electrek, I’m looking at you. The truth is that there’s a good reason that Ferrari has decided to push its plans for an EV from roughly 2023 to 2025 or later.
Drag Race Battle - Ferrari 812 Superfast Versus Tesla Model X P100D
On paper, an SUV should have no business competing against a supercar in a drag race. But the cars in question, a Ferrari 812 Superfast and a Tesla Model X P100D, aren’t exactly too far apart in the performance category. One produces 588 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque, while the other has 790 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque on tap. Line them side-by-side on a drag strip and the question of who wins isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds. In the end, such a race took place at the Drag Times home track of Palm Beach International Raceway. As for which car won? Watch the video and find out.
Top 10 Most Blasphemous Models To Turn Into An EV
The world of EVs is ever growing, and as we near a time when there will be no gas to fill our tanks, we realized some of the world’s best-sounding and glorious engines will have to be ditched in favor of electric power. Think of an electric Camaro, Mustang, Corvette, or Lamborghini... does it sound good? Or rather, does it make any sound at all?
With the advent of electrification in the business of car building, you see every major manufacturer scramble to put together a lineup of eco-friendly electric vehicles as a statement of their forward-thinking plans and their bias towards the future of mobility. It all looked foolish almost 20 years ago when Honda introduced the original hybrid Insight, which was shortly followed by Toyota’s Prius, but today, this seems to be the trend that will sell. For some, it might be a marketing ploy to appease a new section of the market, but you can’t dismiss the trend altogether.
Audi just took the wraps off its first fully-electric car, the E-Tron. Mercedes was doing the same just a few weeks ago with its EQC, and just about any manufacturer you can think of has a mid- to long-term plan for at least hybrid, if not electric. For instance, Aston-Martin is looking forward to the year 2030, by which time the British manufacturer’s stable should be made up exclusively of electric cars. Ferrari, well-known for their devotion to making their cars sound perfect, is planning a 60 percent hybridization of its lineup in just four year’s time. You can imagine a Ferrari EV isn’t that far off in the future, then.
All this got us thinking - which cars would you never want to see without a growling V-8, or maybe a high-revving V-12 under the hood? Which car’s move from gas to electric sounds like blasphemy to you? We know there is a Mustang-inspired sports utility vehicle coming from Ford in 2020, and the pony car itself might go electric in the future, so how does that make you feel?
Read on to learn about our top 10 cars that would be blasphemous to turn into EVs.
Car For Sale: All-Electric 1976 Ferrari 308 GTS
Back in 2016, we chanced upon this 1976 Ferrari 308 GTS that was restored and turned into an electric car by a company called Electric GT. We hadn’t seen or heard much about it since, but his all-electric Ferrari has returned into our lives because it’s headed to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona later this month where it’s tipped to sell for good money. Funny how some things come full circle.
2021 Ferrari LaFerrari Successor
Blasphemy. That’s probably the first thought of any purist considering the creation of an all-electric Ferrari. Blasphemy and sacrilege. FCA head Sergio Marchionne would agree. In 2016, at the Geneva International Auto Show, the CEO remarked that the idea of an all-electric Ferrari was “an almost obscene concept.” Later that year, at the Paris Auto Show, Ferrari’s Chief Technical Officer, Michael Leiters, echoed Marchionne’s sentiment, albeit in slightly softer terms. “We would not follow to develop a fully electric car,” Leiters said, adding, “We are convinced that it’s right to have a hybrid car because, for us, the sound is a very crucially important characteristic of a Ferrari, and our customers want to have this.” Fair enough. Thing is, even a flat-out rejection isn’t enough to stop a possible EV Ferrari. Let me explain.
First off, the sound. The howl of internal combustion is as important to the Ferrari brand as red paint, and we get that. This is a company lives and dies by its engines. The thing is Ferrari is already testing the waters – turbocharged models have been around for decades now, and electrification is integral to the performance of the “ultimate” LaFerrari hypercar. What’s more, Sergio Marchionne has already discussed the possibility of entering Formula E. Throw in continued EV development from competitors like Porsche and McLaren, and relevancy starts to become an issue. Finally, there’s that old Enzo Ferrari quote: “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.” The point is this – never say never.
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1978 Ferrari 308 GTS By Electric GT
It hasn’t been that long since Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Ferrari, said that the brand’s stable would never have room for an all-electric prancing horse. He even went so far as to say that a Ferrari without a traditional internal combustion engine would be “obscene.” There’s no doubt that a number of Ferrari fanboys inevitably feel the same way, but that didn’t stop an electric car conversion company based out of San Diego, California from creating the world’s first all-electric Ferrari.
The company responsible for this travesty is known as Electric GT. It got its hands on a salvage-titled 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS that had previously be destroyed by fire because of a leaking fuel line. The engine and electrical system had been destroyed beyond repair, so Electric GT decided to rip out the car’s heart and replaced it with the first-even three-motor unit and a battery pack.
The men responsible for the first all-electric Ferrari made it a point to engineer and design a new powerplant that would preserve the car’s integrity. Michael Bream, an EV specialist that worked on the project, said, “We have to be careful with iconic cars, as we want to preserve their history, but still make them impressive to drive. Technology changes, and we are now in a time when an electric SUV is faster than a Ferrari sports car.”
This is probably one of those situations where you’re either really going to like what the company did, or you’re going to hate it. Whether you like the idea of an all-electric Ferrari or not, at the end of the day, turning that 308 GTS in an all-electric car is better than crushing it into a cube and forgetting about it. So, let’s dive on in a take a look at what the company was able to pull off.
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If someone had told you up to a decade ago that in 2014 there will be a mass-produced premium sedan that runs purely on electric current, offers seating for seven (5+2), has two luggage compartments, looks as elegant as a Maserati and can not only keep up with, but can actually beat a V-12 Ferrari in a drag race, would you have believed him? I know I wouldn’t have, but the following video will prove that everything above is both true and terrifying at the same time.
We chose the word "terrifying" because that is pretty much what this video seems to depict. At around the 37-second mark you will get the chance to see how a Ferrari 550 (or 575M Maranello) gets downright obliterated by a whirling 2015 Tesla Model S P85D. It is not exactly a fair race, obviously, with the Ferrari having between 485 horsepower and 508 horsepower (if standard), while the Tesla flagship makes good use of no less than 691 horsepower and all-wheel drive.
Either way, the results of the impromptu and short drag race are eye-popping, with the Tesla driver also mentioning in the video description that the unbelievable acceleration of the car actually made him order one for himself. As extra info, the guy doing the test drive is a young millionaire with a Lamborghini Aventador as his daily-driver, so the fact that he was blown away by the P85D’s acceleration only makes the whole situation even more spectacular.
The video description also mentions a short drag race between the guy’s Aventador and the Tesla, whose result is also a bit on the surprising side, as the Model S apparently was ahead of the Lamborghini up to around 50 to 60 mph, after which the Italian missile reeled in the electric sedan. Not bad for something that weighs as much as a large SUV and has a power source similar to your smartphone.
A few weeks ago, we let you know that the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione became the hottest thing to lap the Nürburgring, as it crushed the old Ferrari record around the Ring by over 7 seconds. Well, the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione was again the hottest thing on four wheels on the Ring, but this time in the literal sense. Yup, while in the pits at the Nürburgring, a small amount of fuel hit the red hot engine and… Well, you can fill in the blanks.
Needless to say, the rear end of the Ferrari became quite the fireball, thanks to racing fuel meeting the freshly raced engine. Fortunately, the picture of the fire makes it look a lot worse than it actually was, as the team was able to douse the fire and get the car back onto the track. We guess that all part of the typical pit crew day, huh?
What’s even more impressive is following this fire, the team managed to regroup and end up taking 1st place in the Alternative Energy Class in the 2012 24 hours of Nürburgring, which it entered as a hybrid, and 12th overall. Good job to the team for their racing and fire-fighting abilities!
You’ve probably heard about this burgeoning market segment in the auto industry called electric cars. Clearly, a lot of people have strong opinions about the future of these types of cars, including Porsche who has just appointed Audi engineering executive, Joerg Kerner, to head up powertrain development. Kerner has been working on electric powertrains for Audi since 2009, so it would be safe to assume he’ll be doing the same for Porsche. Porsche rival, Ferrari, isn’t so pro-electric. In fact, Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo, has a pretty straight-forward opinion on the matter.
He doesn’t believe in them.
Strong words for a man whose company brought out the Ferrari Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS and is working hard on building a hybrid Ferrari. But apparently for Mr. Luca, there’s still a fine line drawn between hybrid and electric...and he’s not willing to cross that line. Granted, the man is very smart in choosing his words, so his opinions on the matter certainly carry some weight on it, but isn’t it still a little presumptuous to suggest that Ferrari has no future in the electric car segment?
Engadget was able to chat with Montezemolo and he was pretty clear on where he stood on the matter. "You will never see a Ferrari electric because I don’t believe in electric cars," he said. "I don’t think they represent an important step forward for pollution or CO2 or the environment. But, we are working very, very hard on the hybrid Ferrari. This should be the future, and I hope in a couple of years you can see it."
Like we said, Luca di Montezemolo is a very smart man and while we understand where he’s coming from, we certainly wouldn’t unequivocally shoot down the possibility of seeing an electric Ferrari in the future, especially considering how unpredictable the world is right now.
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