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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