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Turbocharging technology will not be used on Ferrari's V12-engined models in the near future, despite the company now using turbo V8 units elsewhere
Andrew Frankel Autocar
1 min read
27 March 2015

Ferrari V12 engines will not be turbocharged in the near future - but they are likely to get electrical assistance in order to smooth power delivery and lower emissions.

There had been speculation that Ferrari could turbocharge its V12s in future, as it has begun doing with its V8 line-up, spearheaded by the new 488 GTB.

However, a source close to the company said: “There will be no turbos on our V12s. Expect instead to see 48-volt systems on the next generation.”

This means future V12 Ferraris will be mild hybrids, using technology pioneered on the LaFerrari hypercar.

Such a move will allow Ferrari to maximise fuel economy and CO2 emissions but also tune the engine for pure power, knowing that the commensurate drop-off in low-down torque will be more than replaced by instantaneous electrical energy.

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27 March 2015
Can Ferrari be onto something with this electrical assistance/hybrid thingy. It's high for a breakthrough in petrol powertrain technology which reach beyond the current gimmicks that the car makers are using to dodge the system instead of making any real efficiency gains.

27 March 2015
There is a great deal I dislike about the spirit of Ferrari these days, but their perseverance with the V12 forgives a lot.

28 March 2015
How do you figure a V12, is good for the environment. (v6 3.5 ltr perhaps)

28 March 2015
They're not saying V12s are good for the environment, but an improved, though, true MPG figure that relates to what most owners will get is better than the battery-only figures that most people will never achieve.

Majority of owners will use both petrol and battery rather than just one part of a hybrid system, such as electric only.

The super-low CO2 figures released for cars like 918 are just headline grabbers. Who buys such a car for economy? Nobody. However, 10 MPG improvement combined, is better than 20 on, say, battery power alone. I think that is what they mean.

28 March 2015
If that illness could avoid the V12...

29 March 2015
Kcrally, how is a 3.5 turbo good for the environment? Isn't a bike better? Some people have loads of money and unless you take their money away from them they will buy giant houses that are not good for the environment, fly around in small jets that are not good for the environment, eat beef which is not good for the environment etc etc.

29 March 2015
Fernando Alonso - that must have been humiliating for him !!!

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