Ferrari is waiting for the industry to make major advancements in hybridization technology to begin work on the successor the hybrid LaFerrari, Top Gear reports.
Ferrari technical director Michael Leiters said hybrid technology will be a crucial part of the successor to LaFerrari and that using such technology to boost the performance of its supercars will be a big part of Ferrari’s future.
“Hybridisation will be a very important part of this,” Leiters said. “but hybridization for us always has to be focused on performance.”
“That means performance of the powertrain, but also of the power systems. The process of electrification of some components then, is important to us,” he added.
LaFerrari is powered by a 789 horsepower 6.3-liter Ferrari V12, which is mated to an electric motor delivering an extra 161 horsepower for a total output of 950 horsepower. Unlike the Porsche 918, LaFerrari is not a true hybrid and is not a plug-in, using its electric motor solely to boost performance – not to save fuel.
Leiters says the successor to LaFerrari will come when they feel a new-generation of hybrid tech is ready for the market, a sentiment Ferrari’s rival McLaren shares with the Maranello-based automaker, TG says.
“We are convinced that the next supercars will arrive when we are convinced that this technology is ready to put in the car,” he said.