Ferrari will begin to introduce more hybrid vehicles starting in 2019, company CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday.
“The cycle of cars that will be launched from (2019) on will include by definition hybridization,” Marchionne said in a conference call with media. “I think it’s a mandatory requirement.”
In addition to the benefits of added fuel economy, Ferrari’s future hybridization systems will also “provide unique powertrain combinations that will yield even additional performance on these vehicles,” Marchionne said.
The only hybrid model Ferrari has made to date is the LaFerrari hypercar, which uses a standard 6.3-liter V12 combustion engine paired with an electric motor to produce around 950 horsepower. Unlike other hybrids, the LaFerrari’s electrification system is used only to enhance performance – not boost fuel economy.
Future Ferrari hybrids would likely aim to boost both performance and fuel economy through the utilization of electric drive systems. It’s possible the cars could operate in electric-only mode for extended periods of time (the LaFerrari’s electric mode is very limited), only having to tap into the combustion engine in spirited, high-performance driving scenarios.
Via The Detroit News