Ferrari to Build More Hybrids, But Not Until Battery Technology Evolves

Now that the LaFerrari madness is starting to fade away, it is time to talk about the place petrol-electric powerplants occupy in the Prancing Horse world. Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa recently made it clear that Ferrari is looking to build other hybrids, but not until serious advances will be made in the field of battery technology.
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Speaking to Auto Motor und Sport, Felissa explained the main points bothering the company right now when it comes to hybrids. The CEO responded to questions targeting a hybrid version for the future Ferrari 458 replacement. We probably won’t see such a development come to life, so the 458 successor will most likely stick to the twin turbo theme we talked about in the past.

The CEO started by mentioning the weight penalty brought by the hybrid drive, which, in the case of the LaFerrari, sits at about 330 lbs (150 kg). There was a bit of focus on the financial side, as the electrical engineering on the hypercar costs about EUR 60,000 (US$ 43,000).

Just as importantly, it seems that Ferrari plans to cut the emissions of its entire range by about 20 percent every four years. The target seems a little ambitious and Ferrari officially relies on the new turbo wave, as well as on the so-called mild hybrids to achieve this. The latter refer to braking energy being recovered and used to power the various auxiliary systems of the vehicle.

Despite not rushing to bring the hybrid technology to the street, Ferrari obviously wants to continue riding the petrol-electric wave created with the LaFerrari, so we expect our spy photographers to encounter hybrid Prancing Horses every once in a while.

Via: Auto Motor und Sport
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