Ferrari is considering using turbocharging in future engines, but it needs to improve the forced induction technology before it will make its cars available with the set-up.
Ferrari engine developer Jean-Jacques His said the biggest problem the firm faced was lag.
“Turbocharging will come eventually, but we need to solve the issue of turbo lag,” he told Autocar.
He went on to explain that a delay of any sort before the power arrived was unacceptable for a Ferrari engine.
It’s unlikely that Ferrari will be using Multiair, the Fiat Group’s variable valve technology, any time soon, though.
His said Ferrari had tried applying the system to an F430’s V8 but couldn’t get it to work at the power outputs required.
“The main benefit from Multiair comes in torque,” he said, “and it is difficult to get it to work at high revs.”
His also said Ferrari’s dual-clutch transmission, currently only available in V8-engined Ferraris, was suitable for V12 cars and would work up to 10,000rpm.