But there won't be an electric Ferrari
Jim Holder
9 February 2010

Ferrari could build V6-engined cars in the future, but not an electric car, according to company boss Amedeo Felisa.

Asked about the possibility of a V6 engined Ferrari, Felisa said “If I had to answer the question a year ago I would have said no, but attitudes are changing and we build cars for customers," said Felisa. "In 20 years, who can say?

“If you look at global warming, the right solution is not full electric. It’s more a marketing solution than a real one, sound is just as important as design and performance for Ferrari. We will not make engine sounds with speakers.”

Felisa also confirmed that an open-topped 458 Italia and a successor to the Enzo were under development.

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9 February 2010

[quote Autocar]Felisa also confirmed that an open-topped 458 Italia and a successor to the Enzo were under development.[/quote]

The Enzo or F70 had better do 0-62 in under 3 seconds, or what will be the point?

The combination of electric motors and combustion engine, providing all-wheel-drive, is potentially very exciting, as acceleration and traction will be incredible given the permanent torque that will be available.

That applies to all cars, and will offer designers the opportunity to produce tremendous lightness and speed or greatly improved economy.

Until battery or hydrogen technology develops, the most efficient installations may have very small, rather boring but powerful engines feeding a generator that provides electric power for anything up to all-wheel-drive, maybe supplementing the engine-driven wheels with a motor.

An alternative hybrid method that has been suggested for the F70 is the use of electric motors to spool-up the turbos to their optimum operating speed.

The sad result inevitably being that big, thrilling engines will become anathema to ultimate performance.

9 February 2010

[quote Autocar]Felisa also confirmed that an open-topped 458 Italia and a successor to the Enzo were under development.[/quote]

The most interesting part of the whole story was a throwaway line in the last sentence...

9 February 2010

[quote VirginPower]The Enzo or F70 had better do 0-62 in under 3 seconds, or what will be the point?[/quote] You think 0 to 60 times are the pint of a Ferrari? I suspect you've not driven a Ferrari...

9 February 2010

Driving a ferrari is suppose to be a occasion so I fully understand what the ferrari guy is on about. The sound of batteries doesn't sound the same.

9 February 2010

Traveling at 200 miles an hour in silence would send tingles down my spine, even more than a roaring V8. I’ve never driven a V8 (heard plenty) or at 200 miles an hour. But travelling at 40 miles an hour snowboarding on a clear mountain in near silence is a massive rush for me times that by 5 wow.

9 February 2010

Or are you all missing the point, wouldn't it be nice if Ferrari built a V6 again, remember the Dino for instance and i'm sure you can think of a few more,can't you?

Peter Cavellini.

9 February 2010

[quote Autocar]Ferrari could build V6-engined cars in the future[/quote]

The article makes it sound like Ferrari has never built a V6-engined car before.


9 February 2010

Hug trees for a living do we? or just can't afford a car?

9 February 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]remember the Dino for instance [/quote]

Ahhh yes, the Fiat Dino... beloved transport of mafia bosses in pursuit of Micheal Cane and a flagship that has never really been repeated...

9 February 2010

[quote Lesia44]You think 0 to 60 times are the pint of a Ferrari? I suspect you've not driven a Ferrari...[/quote]

The question is a non sequitur, and the statement is wrong. I own one, have driven it, and am probably better placed to speak about the pints of a Ferrari if it has any.

I suspect you haven't driven one as you appear to think that driving one confuses one as to whether or not the F70 needs to do 0-62 in under three seconds.

We need to speak meaningfully, as it is very, very important that Ferrari gets the 0-62 time below three seconds in future, whether we realise it or not.

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