Even the big names aren't immune to changes As the shift towards eco-friendly vehicles and the reduction of CO2 emissions grows ever-larger in the automotive industry, it seems that even Ferrari is going to be making a few changes.
As the shift towards eco-friendly vehicles and the reduction of CO2 emissions grows ever-larger in the automotive industry, it seems that even Ferrari is going to be making a few changes. Although many of these changes are in response to the CO2 emissions and fuel mileage laws themselves that will be largely in transition throughout Europe and the United States in the next few years, Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa says that the automaker is itself putting a big emphasis on eco-friendly technology.
Speaking at a Formula Ferrari event, Felisa explained that in the next five years, approximately half of its $322 million research and development budget will be used to build cleaner cars, which will mean a few changes under the hood for Ferrari. Most notable of these changes seems to be the use of a turbocharged V6 engine that will reportedly be used in the new Ferrari 458 Italia, a downsize from the typically larger 8 cylinder engines.
Those that will likely have a dissenting view of these changes have to remember that the pressure is really coming from all sides here. In addition to changes in emissions laws are the forced induction of these new standards at the Formula 1 level, in which regulations will call for V6 mills starting next year. Felisa has hinted that Formula 1 technology will eventually make its way down to production cars, and the timeline of the new 458’s debut seems to verify that.
Although Ferrari has not speculated on what V6 engine is likely to appear in the 458 Italia, there are rumours that the engine could be taken from the 3.0 liter unit that Ferrari built for the E-Class Maserati Ghibli. Other potential features available in the 458 include steering-wheel mounted shift paddles and launch control.
Source: LeftLane News