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Sorry, Ferrari purists, but even the mighty Prancing Horse isn't immune to the need to increase fuel economy. According to Autoweek, Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo has confirmed that the successor to the Enzo throne will come equipped with a hybrid drivetrain. According to Montezemolo, the electrified supercar will borrow heavily from the company's 599 HY-KERS concept that debuted at this year's Geneva Motor Show. That vehicle used hybrid tech derived from the kinetic energy recovery system that Ferrari experimented with on its F1 vehicles.

Previously, Ferrari has said that the incorporation of a battery pack and an electric motor would allow the company to continue to offer high-cylinder-count engines while offsetting fuel consumption and emissions. The company has also made it clear that it intends to begin moving toward smaller models to further reduce weight.

The news came as Montezemolo announced that he has no intention of moving from his post at Ferrari to greener pastures in the Italian government. The chairman said that he fully intends to stay at the company long enough to help craft the vehicles in the next product cycle, each of which will follow in the footsteps of the Enzo successor.



[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, this is just wow. I figured they would make a hybrid of sorts but not on their successor to the Enzo...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honestly, should I really care? Unless you're the richest 5 to 10% of people on this planet that can afford a Ferrari, then good for you.

      At first I thought this was a stupid idea, but then I realized just how much Ferrari dabbles with technology due to their F1 heritage. Even if the idea of a hybrid Ferrari sounds godawful, they might just take that idea and give it a complete 180.

      And if I recall correctly, most owners who buy Ferrari's only get them because of the name and badge itself.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Two types of posts here:
      WAAAHHHH ferrari is ruined

      and

      Stop bitching, hybrids can be cool/awesome.

      I fall into the third category, laying on the floor gently sobbing and wishing that petrol power could live on uninterrupted forever.
      And not to be any more dramatic but I am actually saddened to see the car industry turn to this. Hopefully we can all have a few petrol powered monsters to keep in the stables for the odd out sunny afternoon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whats the point in making a ferarri a hybrid. I thought people buy these things to waste gas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I could afford a ferrari, I certainly wouldn't give a crap about gas mileage. Chalk up another one for global warming dweebs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a feeling that both Porsche and Ferrari want to have the ability to sell cars in the US market in the year 2025. If that's the case then they have no choice but to embrace the future and design hybrid drivetrains.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wrong.

        They'll get codified as a poseur and fashionista, not an enthusiast.

        They will be making Nicholas Cage's line from Gone in Sixty Seconds:
        "This is the one, yes... yes, yes. I saw three of these parked outside the local Starbuck this morning, which tells me only one thing. There's too many self indulgent Wieners in this city with too much bloody money!"

        An enthusiast would know that hundreds of pounds of extra electrical equipment ruins the purity, handling, and braking of a car that would be lighter without it.

        Two drivetrains do not make a 'right'.

        The connoisseur position is going to be having a classic, gas powered car that was a car when people built cars, not redundant gadgets with wheels on them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ BoxerFanatic

        I said "look like an enthusiast"...I didn't say they were one. Besides, look at the majority of people buying these things...they aren't connoisseurs, they're people with money who want to make a statement.

        A hybrid does that, a sports hybrid even moreso. Whether or not your perception is positive, for the people they're pandering to it fits the bill nicely.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a load of crap. Ferrari doesn't "need to improve fuel economy." The few on this planet who can afford Ferraris don't need help paying for gas, and Ferrari definitely doesn't need this for their reputation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to see a ferrari with an HOV carpool hybrid sticker.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Soon we will be saving today's car, like yesterday's muscle cars. What a sad day that will be. Then, we will have electric sports cars only (maybe), and no longer have the idling noise and rev of an ICE.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I probably won't own a Ferrari other than a diecast during this lifetime, but this is just plain WRONG.

      There is nothing wrong with other Ferrari's being Hybrids. But not an Enzo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AHHHH! WHAT HAS THIS WORLD COME TO?!? A GREEN FERRARI??
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish battery densities were up. Because i'd rather see an electric Ferrari rather than one of these. Sorta like a Tesla Roadster on steroids.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hybrid tech has ALWAYS been an interim technology that was meant to be a bridge between the ICE and EVs.

        It's just that battery density, as you said, isn't quite there yet. But the problem is that we'll never get "there" until some of the technology we have today is actually put into production and bugs get worked out, different techniques and procedures are tested and the general durability of things is examined. Living in a lab and simply hoping that battery technology will double or triple overnight just doesn't work... you gotta get that tech out of the labs at some point even if it's not "perfect" yet. Hybrids make current battery technology practical.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ol' Enzo is rolling over in his grave
        • 4 Years Ago
        yea news like this angers me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The gas engine has been around for 100 years. Some new ideas are welcome"

        Btw, the electric motor was invented in 1832, that's 178 years.

        Ferdinand Porsche built the first petrol-electric car in 1899.

        The first diesel ship, Vandal, launched in 1903, was actually diesel-electric.

        There have been diesel-electric submarines since 1929.

        Diesel-electric locomotives have been around since the 1920s.

        Hybrids are nothing new, they have been used for ages in industrial and military applications.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No one in the world is going 'YAY A HYBRID!"

        whenever i hear news like this i just groan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can see how an electric Ferrari could work, but a hybrid? This is all down to Formula 1 being stifled, and inspiration having to come from a committee.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...at 1000 RPM probably.
        • 4 Years Ago
        wow such ignorance.
        electric cars will easily be better that the old primitive steam locomotives. don't be so stagnant people.
        does this not make it clear that an EV can move?
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qDZOBQs60w
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAujp0k8yrg

        quicker than any road Ferrari. ever. think a little people.
        and that's not the best that battery electric drive can do. not even close. it can be much quicker than you can handle. formula one level. and still be 3 times more efficient than a prius.
        if Ferrari doesn't wake up soon and really get into electric drive they risk being displaced by a more mobile company. because electric will own.
        even formula 1 will go pure battery electric.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't really understand the hatred for hybrids in the super car world. If done correctly a hybrid doesn't need to be a detriment...it could even be an improvement with near instant torque from electric motors, etc.

        The ICE isn't an infallible piece of technology...so any improvement should always be welcome.

        Let's see if they can make it half as cool as the new Porsche hybrid. So far the only thing I'm missing is the exhaust note...and maybe that can be worked on too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The gas engine has been around for 100 years. Some new ideas are welcome
        • 4 Years Ago
        generally it's because hybrid has a stigma. You think hybrid and you think Prius and Insight. Slow, ugly boring cars that stand for everything Ferraris don't. They can do hybrid right. if they get a way where the electric motors kick in when the engine isn't making that much torque so you get the full oomph anywhere then i don't think anyone will complain. that's making the car better. the problem is, nobody makes a hyrbid to make a car faster, they make a hybrid to make it burn less fuel and really fuel econ is one thing a Ferrari owner is rich enough not to care about. It's also heavy. The Porsche 918 is a move in the right direction, but if the horses have anything more than a token battery for the above purpose then people will hate it.
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