Confirming what we'd long suspected, the hybrid powertrain in the Ferrari LaFerrari was not a one-time thing. "I don't believe in the electric cars, but I strongly believe in hybrids," Ferrari boss Luca Cordero di Montezemolo tells Bloomberg. It's unclear when we'll see another hybrid Ferrari, though, as the automaker's current lineup is quite fresh – the oldest model is the California, which was updated for the 2013 model year – but make no mistake, there are more electrified cars coming from Maranello. "The answer is yes," Montezemolo told Bloomberg when asked about hybrids, although he was quick to add "without exceeding." It's that last part that is key for enthusiasts of the gas engine.

Ferrari's move towards hybrid powertrains reflects a pair of trends in both the political and motorsports spheres. Politically, automakers, even exotics, are being pushed to produce cars with cleaner emissions, or in many cases, no emissions at all. Look no further than the Range Rover Hybrid, which was just announced. Formula One's push towards hybridization and smaller engines is also informing decisions at Ferrari, with the LaFerrari already using hybrid tech already inspired by the sport.

Still, it's reassuring to know that while Ferrari is pushing forward with future technologies, that the gas engine won't go the way of the manual transmission in Maranello – at least in the near term.


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      Nine Elements
      • 1 Year Ago
      V8's, V12's and their iconic roar are in Ferrari's DNA. They can't go full-electric, or they'd be losing too much drama and passion that comes with driving the car. Technology advances, but there are some things that are too hard to compromise. Can't imagine we'd ever see a hybrid flat-12 anytime soon though, huh.
      Durishin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Or the manual transmission in Munich, evidently.
      EZEE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oooooooooooooooooooooooo - They posted this on ABGreen with this sentence: \"Still, it\'s reassuring to know that while Ferrari is pushing forward with future technologies, that the gas engine won\'t go the way of the manual transmission in Maranello\" The kids over there aren\'t going to be happy!
        Dave D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EZEE
        As much as I like new tech....you can have my manual transmission when you pry it out of my cold, dead fingers.
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dave D
          The transmission wasn\'t the money line, it was the \'reassuring to know that ....blah blah...the gas engine won\'t go the way of the manual transmission...\' Like, keeping a GAS ENGINE is a good thing (horrors).
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obviously. This guy's job centers around ICE tech. Why would he start thinking of electric cars. Maybe when electric tech gets advanced enough but he's not going to be spending precious dollars creating piss-poor performance.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      These cars really highlight the ridiculous nature of side-mirrors. Replace them with cameras already.
      Fat man
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well you know what luca, people believed back in the day if you went over 25 MPH you would spontaneously combust as well......and now what is the 0-60 of the laFerrari ? Oh ok........things change, cars, cities, etc......you with it or get left behind
      artso06
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope Ferrari stays in the crazy power train game (be dominant in experimental). But...reality can different... Luca may not believe in electric cars but the market does, meaning, Luca's wallet will believe in electric cars eventually.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artso06
        Right now you couldn't be further from the truth. Sure, the Tesla Model S is a great car, but the market share for electric cars is some miniscule fraction of a percent. The market does NOT believe in electric cars yet. Maybe in 15 years 5% of all cars on the road would be electric, in another 10 years it would be viable for Ferrari to look into it.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k_m94
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      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      Didn't he say a couple of years ago that there was no way he'd build a hybrid Ferrari?? Anyways, I agree with the current and previous statement. One of the reasons you buy an exotic car is because of its engine and exhaust sound, V8, V10 or V12. I'm not a fan of infant stage technologies and the electric car is at that stage. Batteries are the main reason for this slow pace. I think batteries are not up to the challenge of current tech in cars and in smartphones and computers. Once batteries are in par with current technology, then electric cars will take a big chunk of the Automotive market. An electric car is smooth and quiet perfect for sedans and luxury cars and has tons of torque which is perfect for SUVs and of course high miles per KWH. Sports cars IMO should always be left with an internal combustion engine just for the pure joy of driving and listening to its sonorous engine/exhaust!!
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      This Luca dude single handedly turned Ferrari into a commercial marketing machine. Now he wants to cut production to raise prices and exclusivity. What an idiot.
        Feurig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vi_per
        Sounds pretty smart to me. Raise demand and then lower supply. Demand remains the same, you raise the prices and sell out faster.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vi_per
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      Brian Rautio
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well if nothing else, I guess a Ferrari *should* sound like a Ferrari. I love electric cars, but I just cannot imagine a red hot-blooded Italian super car going about its business quietly.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian Rautio
        Tradition is not always best, my friend. Electric motors can be designed to be loud, boisterous, and snarly. Go listen to the sound of an axial flux motor designed for sinewave commutation, being driven by a trapezoidial controller. Just brutal, screamy, almost verging on sounding like a gasoline engine in the lower RPMs. A hobbyist can do it. So can a large luxury car maker, if that is their goal :)
      Dave D
      • 1 Year Ago
      Luca is a whiney little b*tch even by Formula 1 standards....and that's really saying something. "Mercedes got an illegal test and the FIA didn't do anything about it" boo hoo. You got your boy Todt in as the President of the FIA and you guys get every benefit of the doubt, yet Luca still finds reason to whine more than anyone else in motorsport. Then he publicly jumps Alonso's case for saying a disparaging word about the car in frustration after Alonso spent the last two years with one of the worst cars on the grid and he smiled and said how great things were??? I have zero respect for Luca. Why should we pay any more attention to him here than we do in F1? He's always saying something that favors whatever he wants today with no care for how it reflects reality. Tesla will come up with a sports car within the next 4 years that Porsche, et al will probably have to respond to. But if he wants to be the last boy on the block to jump in the game...then he'll start whining one day about how someone wasn't fair to him and somehow blocked him all these years.
      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ferrari just needs to focus on making cars that don't burst into flames. I think chasing EVs is a little beyond them right now. Leave that to Tesla.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GR
        newer and stricker emission standard, they have to comply,going hybrid is just the start.
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