Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Ferrari models to go hybrid from 2019 onwards – CEO

So far, the only road-going Ferraris that use hybrid power are the LaFerrari and the LaFerrari Aperta, but from 2019 onwards, new models will receive some form of electrifications to improve performance, according to a report by Autocar UK.
Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne explained in a conference call to investors that the combination of an internal combustion engine and electric power will help to not only make cars faster, but also improve efficiency. The F12’s successor, which is expected to arrive in 2020, could be the first mainstream Ferrari to employ a hybrid powertrain.
The report also points out that Ferrari had patented a common architecture for future models, which are able to travel up to 48 km on electricity alone. Aside from the replacement for the F12, the platform could also be used to underpin other models, including entry-level ones. Ferrari recently announced a joint development project with Altair Product Design on a next-generation vehicle platform.
Ferrari’s experience with electrification was previously exhibited with the 599 HY-KERS concept from the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, which featured an electric motor integrated with the car’s dual-clutch transmission, powered by two lithium-ion battery packs.
Hybrid technology aside, Marchionne also revealed that the company could aim to increase vehicle production, while offering more “luxury” models such as the GTC4 Lusso. “Although I neither commit to this nor do I give any sort of certification of it being our objective, it is possible that the (annual sales) number could be well in excess of 10,000 cars in 2025,” he said. - Paultan...

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