Report: Ferrari open-minded about more hybrids, but batteries still need improvement

Ferrari is still apparently adamant about pursuing hybrid technology. According to a new report from Auto Motor und Sport in Germany, the outlet spoke with Ferrari’s CEO, Amedeo Felisa, who said that Ferrari is still open-minded about hybrids, but battery technology is still in dire need of improvement.

These sentiments were similarly shared by Ferrari’s chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, who said in a previous interview,  “I don’t believe in the electric cars, but I strongly believe in hybrids.”

The Ferrari LaFerrari was the brand’s first production exercise with hybrid technology and the results need no explanation.

Despite not expressing serious interest in expanding hybrid technology, Felisa did acknowledge that the LaFerrari has provided engineers within the company new ideas and the reaffirmation that hybrid technology can significantly improve the performance of their sports cars while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Refresher: Power for the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari is provided by a 6.3L V12 mated to Ferrari’s patented HY-KERS hybrid propulsion design. This all-new 2014 LaFerrari’s V12 is capable of 789hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the electric motor, which makes an additional 161hp and 148 lb-ft, the 2014 LaFerrari produces a grand total of 950hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to zoom past 62 MPH in less than three seconds, for a top run of 217 MPH.

Source: Auto Motor und Sport

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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