The maker of some of the world's fastest cars appears to be s-l-o-w-l-y making its way towards hybrid powertrains.

Ferrari, which has been saying that it would explore a V12 hybrid powertrain, made further hints of a Ferrari hybrid in the future at the launch of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta last month, UK's Autocar reported.

The Italian automaker described the upcoming car as "the first in a new generation of V12s," according to the publication. Ferrari will "introduce a green factor" to its cars to ensure that its fleetwide greenhouse-gas emissions doesn't worsen, said Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa. Two years ago, Ferrari started including its HY-KERS regenerative breaking system on the Ferrari 599 GTB in order to improve fuel economy through electric energy. Felisa also said that the company may reintroduce V6 engines, though it was "far away in the future."

Ferrari started making a lot of noise about potential engine electrification in 2010, when Felisa first said that the successor to Ferrari's Enzo model may have a V12 that's paired with an electric motor. Later that year, Autocar reported that Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo was looking at developing a V6 engine in an effort to develop a more fuel-efficient model than its eight-, ten- and twelve-cylinder powertrains.

Last August, Montezemolo told AutoblogGreen sister publication Engadget that the company was "working very, very hard on the hybrid Ferrari." He also added that the public "will never see a Ferrari electric because I don't believe in electric cars."

For those keeping track of such things (or those with a sense of humor), Ferrari isn't exactly saving trees when it comes to fuel economy. In the U.S., its 458 Italia Coupe and Italia Spider each get 18 miles per gallon combined, while the Ferrari California gets 15 mpg combined. And the V12 Ferrari FF gets 13 mpg combined, according to the EPA.


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      • 3 Months Ago
      Make it Green Britich Racing please!
      • 3 Months Ago
      Hybrids produce INSTANT TORQUE
        paulwesterberg
        • 3 Months Ago
        Electric motors produce instant torque. A hybrid system implies that you have more than one generation/propulsion system and can produce instant or laggy torque depending on how it is tuned.
      markkiernan
      • 3 Months Ago
      Ferrari are stuck in the 1990s where they think penis extensions are still all the rave. If they had any energy or spirit they would produce an EV force with 100kw battery and blow away anything else. They could still over charge the prices they do. It seems to be that their engineering department was oursourced 30 years ago and now they think put in a V12 and people will be happy, put carbon fibre, not because it makes the car better but just so we can charge more or look like we are doing something different.
      Ugo Sugo
      • 3 Months Ago
      Not bad, after all they have an mpg equivalent to some millions pick up trucks on the roads! ;-)
      markkiernan
      • 3 Months Ago
      They put in hi-tech sound and entertainment systems, they use carbon fibre, they use LED lights, and still keep 100 year old technology under the hood. Blahhh!
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Months Ago
      New from the future(2015): New Telsa roadster smokes new Ferrari hybrid.
        DarylMc
        • 3 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Exactly what I was thinking. The Ferrari will still be better for interstate transport or on a racetrack. But I'm sure most of them are used to potter around cities.
        marcopolo
        • 3 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        @paulwesterberg Who cares? I don't think the relatively small group of Ferrari enthusiasts, will buy a Tesla instead! (maybe as well as, but not instead).
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Hopefully, by then, Tesla will have managed to develop a multi-speed transmission so they can match top speed as well as acceleration.
          JakeY
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          I doubt they will ever try a multi-speed transmission again. Too limited use for worse reliability/cost. Rather their next Roadster might have 400-600kW of power (from dual motors) and 4-wheel drive. That way they can gear higher (for a higher top speed, probably 155mph) and still get great acceleration.
      Spec
      • 3 Months Ago
      V12 hybrid. Sounds like an oxymoron. Instead of making hybrids that no one wants why not create high-end EVs in parallel to their gas guzzlers? That should be enough to meet various regulations I'd think.
        marcopolo
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Spec
        @Spec, "no one wants" Obviously someone wants a Ferrari hybrid, or Ferrari would not be able to sell such a car. What you mean, is you don't want !
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Months Ago
          @marcopolo
          "Porsche and Ferrari don't produce enough cars to worry about regulations." Actually, Porsche does worry about emissions regulations, because they have to pay a fine for not meeting them. "NHTSA's rules currently require a penalty if a manufacturer's fleet falls below the current 27.3 mpg level. Its fine is $5.50 for each 0.1 gallon below the rule, multiplied by the sales volume of the auto maker. In 2010, the largest fines were paid by Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz. Most European manufacturers now regularly pay fines of less than $1 million a year, accepting the fines as the cost of doing business here. U.S.-based and Asian manufacturers have never paid a penalty, the agency said. But should the tougher penalties go into effect in 2016, the rules could significantly upend the luxury market, said analysts. Bigger fines could significantly raise the cost of vehicles. And there is a chance car makers would not be able to sell in the U.S. their least-efficient models, typically large sedans or SUVs with eight-cylinder engines." http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304760604576423962116245764.html Ferrari is also contemplating a hybrid to help reduce the amount of fines they have to pay.
          marcopolo
          • 3 Months Ago
          @marcopolo
          Spec, Wrong again, (please stop telling people why they want something). Both Porsche and Ferrari don't produce enough cars to worry about regulations. There are buyers who like hybrid for better performance, not fuel economy, and others again who , well who just like the idea of hybrid technology. Ferrari even have buyers who pay $1 + million dollars to own a car that never can be driven off Ferrari's test track. The owner doesn't actually get to drive the car home! These buyer's motives are beyond your (or mine) comprehension !
          Spec
          • 3 Months Ago
          @marcopolo
          OK, there is always someone who wants anything. But if you are buying a Ferrari, you are saying you don't care about MPG. So why bother at all? If they have government regulations to meet, it seems the better idea would be to make a massively over-powered electric. Make something that blows the Tesla Roadster away.
      Dave D
      • 3 Months Ago
      good god man...that is the ugliest color I've ever seen inflicted on a car before!
        marcopolo
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Dave D
        @Dave D Yep, but you have evidently forgotten the 'safety' colours in the early seveties!
        DarylMc
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Dave D
        I just keep popping back to see if DF has said it's not green:)
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