Ferrari tests the direct injection waters

There are many who question whether or not small-volume or high-performance manufacturers should be held to the same emissions and fuel economy regulations as the larger automakers. Ferrari qualifies as both a small-volume (though getting larger) and a (very) high performance company. Indeed, the Italian maker of sports and racing cars is quite concerned with legislation which could make it impossible to sell their current line of vehicles, and they are looking at direct injection as a means to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. We have covered some of the other more radical concepts they are looking at in their Millechili concept car.

Audi could be considered the current market leader when it comes to direct injection, which is why Ferrari is benchmarking them when it comes to the design of their new fuel system. Ferrari is working with Bosch as well, as they have experience working with Audi on their FSI direct-fuel injection system. You might recall that direct injection was one of the methods that we highlighted as a potential fuel-saving and emissions-reducing technology last month, and Ferrari apparently agrees. As a bonus, direct injection will add a 'cavallino rampante' or two to Ferrari's engines, which is something that they are always looking to do anyway.


[Source: Autocar via Autoblog]

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