Ferrari boss Amedeo Felisa has confirmed that despite tightening CO2 goals, the supercar company has managed to maintain its V12 motor while still meeting the necessary requirements.
The KERS system that Ferrari has developed is the technology that keeps the V12 engine a reality, and Felisa says “We will roll out new technology that is there first and foremost to introduce a green factor to our cars and ensure that we can keep our product where it is in terms of CO2.”
He adds that “Our hybrid system won’t be just about creating power, but saving energy, too….I’m not saying when, but it is possible that this technology will be on all Ferraris. It has been designed to fit all our future architecture, and if we go ahead it will be fitted as standard.”
A Ferrari 599 GTB was experimented on with the technology in 2012, making the HY-KERS concept, which had an electric motor mounted in the front that could run on that power along, and one in the rear that put out 100hp and 110 lb-ft. Expect to see something similar to this, along with a mid-mounted V12 in the production version of the next generation Enzo.
Six cylinders have not been ruled out , however, and Felisa says “It is far away in the future, perhaps, but it is clear perceptions have altered. Even in the US, where until a few years ago eight cylinders was the minimum, it is clear that attitudes have changed. We have to think in that direction. “
– By: Alexandra Koken