• May 7th 2010 at 7:27PM
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By now, you've likely seen the various hybrid vehicles shown off by Ferrari, both for racing and for street-legal models in concept form. Purists might be more than a bit put off by the idea of a supposedly eco-friendly vehicle wearing the famed Prancing Horse badge, and it seems that Ferrari head Amadeo Felisa commiserates with them.

Speaking to Autocar at the recent Beijing Motor Show, Felisa had some rather interesting remarks on the future of his company, notably regarding the powerplants needed to meet future emissions and fuel mileage requirements. Says Felisa:
Our customers are looking for the essence of Ferrari – the emotion, the performance, the technology and so on. The way in which we fix emissions is not their problem but ours. If we are not able to fix it, only then will it become a problem for them.
That's rational, we'd say. But here's the point where Felisa's comments seem sure to garner a few raised eyebrows amongst the environmental set:
[Hybrids will come in] 2015, if we are forced to by the [government] regulations. The issue of emissions for Ferrari is more a political one than real one. Lowering emissions of every Ferrari will not save the planet, but it will cost us a lot of money... In the next five to 10 years, hybrid technology will develop and maybe something else will come up. Maybe it'll be hydrogen, but for our cars only hybrid is ready.
So, hydrogen isn't ready for Ferrari (or vice versa) and the only reason the sportscar manufacturer is even looking at hybrids is because the various governments of the world are making them. Oh yeah, and nothing with more than two doors. At least that much we can all agree upon.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Ferrari is absolutely correct. This is a B.S. issue. Super-tight emissions control is NOT about a clean environment, it is about socialism and government control of the economy. Don't tell me the authors of this blog are so incredibly ignorant of science that they believe in this "man-made global warming" Chicken Little nonsense. Why don't you go read some stuff from Patrick Michaels (University of Virginia) or Richard Lindzen (MIT)? Better yet, read up on the Climategate affair, the NASA B.S. data affair, or take a look at what kind of "scientists" actually wrote the IPCC reports (hint: a minority have any hard-science credentials whatsoever). What you have is the last refuge of socialist government control freaks and their hippie loser followers. It's very much like a watermelon: A thin layer of environmental green wrapped around a vastly larger zone of socialist red. This has now been complicated by the "green industry" of unnecessary, wasteful work on everything from windmills to foil insulation (which, by the way, burns houses down). Get a frickin' grip! THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING. It doesn't exist. No such thing. It is as imaginary as the Easter Bunny. Stop drinking the frickin' Kool-Aid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your screen name is definitely the most ironic thing about this entire post.
        • 5 Years Ago
        World's flat too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hats off Mr Felisa, you're absolutely right.

      Very courageous to dare make this statement in the current climate of Khmer Vert terror.

      On top of this, let's just add that claiming CO2 is in any way (repeat : in any way) dangerous, is utterly baseless.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
      So by their own words Ferrari is taking the only places that nowadays seem to deserve. They will follow..competitors as Porsche or even the slowest and dumbest of all: governments regulations. When something becomes so wide to be clear even to governments it means it is really done by all means...

      Luckily Enzo Ferrari is not here to see the greatest waste of a lifetime achievement.
      If only this arrogant top managers grew on Montecarlo free taxes, Monopoly and branded t-shirts knew what Ferrari meant...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another reason to love Ferrari...they understand that all of these environmental issues are a complete fabrication.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A better way to help the environment is to have fewer kids. Overpopulation could be a far bigger threat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bah, Ferrari should get with the program.

      Ever since the first horeseless carriage, cars have been shaped by legislation.

      I don't see anyone else asking for special treatment.

      If Ferrari can't make the grade they should do something else, like expanding their range of tacky memorabilia.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Not all of us are as backwardly ignorant as the dumbass commenters in this topic. We just don't all need the validation of winning an argument against someone on the internet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it OK to call others imbeciles here? What can of discussion is this?

      That said, using such words proves how weak the position of the one who uses them is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is so sad that the wealthy people of the world can't have their exclusive over-priced toys free of the legal requirements of us peyons.
      I mean, they are made in such low numbers, it is certainly true that making ALL of them more efficient won't change anything.

      Perhaps if I am wealthy enough to afford a really expensive house I should also be allowed to dispose of sewage any way I see fit.

      Or maybe, if I'm really wealthy, I should be able to carry a gun and kill up to 100 people a month for any reason I want. I mean, if few people are really wealthy then certainly it won't have a big impact.

      I don't know if I am going to be able to sleep tonight as I ponder the sadness in my heart for these people and how they are put upon by the general public.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those who need the government to hold their hand through life seem to be the ones who will to do harmful things to others if the government is not there to hold their hand. They must think "if there is no law stopping me from hurting others, then it must be okay for me to do"..

        If it wasn't illegal to kill people (it should be, obviously), are some of you people implying the first thing you would do is go out and kill people?
        • 5 Years Ago

        The implication being that if I do not feel I am in a group, or perhaps even singularly, above the vast majority and deserve special treatment, then I cannot attain wealth?
        I disagree.


        The extreme minority who maintain the greatest chunk of wealth do so by the power of government, not in spite of it.
        When Warren Buffet tells you that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary - whose hand is being held by government exactly?

        I'm sorry if everyone has gotten together and agreed you shouldn't be allowed to spew crap into the air or the rivers or where ever else you want.
        Turns out democracy isn't about you doing whatever the hell you want, but whatever the hell everybody decides is the best thing to do.
        At least in theory.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @Neptronix: Frankly, I'm not interested in whether or not an all electric ferrari would be a good idea, if their customers had any interest in such a car, they'd already be designing one. Let the consumers decide what kind of cars Ferrari builds and sells. Forcing overly strict eco regulations on sportscar companies will do nothing to improve the environment and will only make supercars even more expensive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you want cars that operate like playing a video game....just go play a video game. I like real cars, and all that comes with them. Even emissions. Nothing like axle grease under your nails, oil on your shirt, and the smell of pre-mix in the morning.

        You may think that's a bad thing, but you're free to drive your honda cr-z to your cubicle, read a blog abour real cars, and tell yourself you have a real job and a real car. If that makes you feel better about yourself.

        I want a car that speaks to me. To quote a lovely cougar from a cadillac commercial, I want a car that "when I turn it on", "returns the favor". I liked power wheels when I was 3, cuz it was the only thing with 4 wheels I'd ever driven. I graduated to go carts at 5, dune buggies at 6, cars at 8. I'm not interested in going backwards.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah! drill baby drill, right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well put Joey. This liberal hybrid crap needs to end.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do you think their customers will be more interested in driving a hybrid Ferrari, than an electric? that is the question.

        And i do agree with the argument that these small makes don't really contribute since they are driven in such small numbers. But... the hyper-rich are exempt from the rules that everyone else has to play by? that's kinda wack.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One can only wonder what the smug emissions on these things are gonna be like. Ferrari drivers are smug enough as it is...
      • 5 Years Ago
      What I don't get is everyone from the head of ferrari to anyone with a little bit of grey matter between his or hers ears knows global warming is B.S. and yet we're still letting them force it down our throats?

      He is right. Lowering emissions of anything will not save the planet. One volcanic eruption spews more than 1000 years of automobiles driving around. Not to mention CO2 isn't even a problem, it actually helps! The planet is NOT warming, it is cooling. The data is innacurate and most of it was made up and relies on heavy assumptions and unproven theories.

      Global warming is about control and money. It is no coincidence that Goldman Sachs ends up owning 50% of the carbon exchange if Obama has his way and passes cap n trade. Worth 10 trillion a year. Gore gets rich too and hundreds of other elitists while the average American gets screwed.

      This is about pushing a radical socialist agenda of wealth redistribution- Obama's own handpicked advisor on the environment is on record as saying so and so is Obama himself.

      This is about money and control. The New World Order. Nothing to do with our planet.

      The worst part is you idiots bought it.

      At the very least it is stupid to force a company who makes cars to basically look at rather than drive to comply with ridiculous emissions and MPG rules. Shows the stupidity and arrogance of the liberal elite.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Impressive, you managed to hit every stereotypical teabagger's talking point with one posted comment.

        *golf clap*
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