The LaFerrari was Ferrari’s first-ever hybrid model, but with stricter emissions regulations on the horizon, more electrically assisted Ferraris are inbound. This was recently confirmed by Autocar, which dug up a Ferrari patent application from June of last year indicating a new front-engine Ferrari hybrid will soon arrive.
The new hybrid model will likely replace the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, placing its arrival sometime before 2020. The electric powertrain will consist of an electric motor housed within the rear-mounted transmission along with slim batteries integrated under the floorpan, a layout that will also work in mid-engine applications.
Due to the fact that the new hybrid system will also work in mid-engine cars, Autocar believes it could find its way into the upcoming Ferrari Dino. The Dino, confirmed last year by Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne, will be powered by a turbocharged V6 engine and will undercut the Ferrari 488 GTB in both size and price.
In addition the new electric powertrain, patent applications pertaining to a common monocoque to be used in future Ferrari models were also discovered. The tub would be used in both front- and mid-engine Ferrari models and would help cut production costs by introducing more common parts across the Ferrari range.
Ferrari patented new ‘superstructures’ that would bolt to the new monocoque as well. Suspension superstructures are commonplace for carbon tub supercars, however Ferrari’s would bolt to a transversely mounted bar, Autocar says, which shortens build time in the factory and makes major repairs easier.