Ferrari to Build V-12 Hybrid Engine; Downsized V-6 Also Being Explored

By Trevor Dorchies | March 28, 2012
It appears the recent spike in fuel prices nationwide has even reached not just the one percent, but the one percent's one percent. To combat this issue, luxury Italian automaker Ferrari is working on a V-12 hybrid powertrain that could see action in the successor to the Enzo supercar. While V-12 engines are as much a part of Ferrari lore as red paint, the large engines are notorious for sucking down more than their fair share of fuel, not to mention the resulting emissions. A V-12 hybrid system may provide a adequate solution that will help the Italian automaker get past certain emissions regulations while still delivering on the power. Whether it's an Italian exotic or a Japanese fuel-sipper, the same advantages of hybrid technology apply: reduced fuel consumption, better emissions, less wasted energy, and increased power; we'd imagine Ferrari would be most interested in the last of those advantages. Ferrari is currently playing the coy card and wouldn't confirm when the hybrid technology would start appearing in its lineup, but didn't deny it either. ā€œIā€™m not saying when, but it is possible that this technology will be on all Ferraris," said Amadeo Felisa, General Manager and CEO of Ferrari in an interview with Autocar. "It has been designed to fit all our future architecture, and if we go ahead it will be fitted as standard. It is not the sort of thing you offer as an option.ā€
The possibility of using a V-12 hybrid engine isn't the only measure Ferrari is taking to help reduce emissions. Downsizing its engines to V-6s is another avenue being explored by the luxury automaker, and it's something not used by Ferrari since the Dino 246GT ended production back in 1974. If the move to smaller V-6 engines is to become a reality for Ferrari now is as good of a time as ever. New Formula 1 regulations call for V-6 engines and Ferrari's rich racing heritage serves as the perfect time to use the new, smaller engines. Felisa hinted that V-6 engines may be on their way but would be a ways off from actually happening. Sources: Business Insider, Autocar