Times are changing and in order to keep pace with the progress, future Ferrari engines will either be turbocharged or hybridized. So, when this news came out from Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello, Italy, the fans of the high revving V8 and V12 collectively began to moan the loss of these powerful engines.
But, of course there are people out there in the automotive world who believe that this is nothing but a hoax and that Ferrari will continue to build naturally aspirated engines and will not succumb to the new trend of downsized and forced induction motors. In order to validate the title of this article, I would like to point out two of Ferrari’s latest models, the updated California and the La Ferrari. When the California was refreshed for the 2013 model year, its naturally aspirated V8 was replaced with a turbocharged V8. But, in a way, it actually enhanced the performance of the car because it made the front end of the car lighter, thus giving it a better weight distribution front and back. The turbocharged engine also makes more power than the non turbocharged engine while returning better gas mileage as well.
The second model to prove the fact that Ferrari is moving away from naturally aspirated engine is the La Ferrari. I am sure that there are some people out there who will say that this the flagship car for Ferrari and it was designed to showcase their latest technologies from their racing division, Scuderia Ferrari. Like it predecessors, the La Ferrari is a technological marvel thanks to its latest engine and body design. The La Ferrari already looks like it belongs in 2020 instead of 2014 with its futuristic design, but the big news lies in the engine compartment. The La Ferrari debuted Ferrari’s first hybridized V12 engine in a production vehicle. Thanks to the additional help from the hybrid motors, the V12 in the La Ferrari put out an earth shattering 950 horsepower. Its father, the Ferrari Enzo, which came out a decade earlier made “only” 660 horsepower from its V12 motor.
So, instead of freaking out and crying for the loss of the naturally aspirated engines in future Ferrari models, people should welcome the additional performance and efficiency offered by these new generation of forced induction motors. Also, fans of the high revving engines should not be too concerned because Ferrari says that these new turbocharged engines will be equally as rev happy as their naturally aspirated predecessors were and will improve the overall performance of the vehicles.
In the end, it looks like Ferrari will follow the general automotive trend of downsizing and turbocharging their latest engines in the name of better fuel efficiency. But the positive byproduct of this evolution is that customers will be able to enjoy more power and go on longer drives thanks to the continuous advancement in the engine and the overall auto manufacturing technology.