Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne believes Scuderia Ferrari should extend its racing efforts to the FIA’s Formula E series, which has so far received manufacturer support from Audi, Jaguar, Citroen DS, Renault and others.
“We need to be involved in Formula E because electrification via hybridisation is going to be part of our future,” Marchionne said.
“Hybridisation is crucial to Ferrari,” he added. “There is no denying that regulations put us under pressure, but we could reach those targets in other ways. The challenge is to benefit from hybridisation not just in terms of emissions reduction, but also performance.”
While Ferrari is hesitant to commit heavily to race series apart Formula 1, it’s not surprising to see the automaker express interest in Formula E. Developing a better understanding of battery systems and electric motors can not only benefit its Formula 1 efforts, but will also translate well to its road cars.
“We have already developed a hybrid supercar, La Ferrari, and on future Ferrari models we will leverage new technologies as well as electrification.”
It’s evident Ferrari will eventually enter Formula E, but a true factory effort is still a while out, we presume. Marchionne said the series wasn’t quite appropriate for Ferrari at this time due the car’s low battery life, which requires drivers switch cars halfway through the race, and the one-make chassis supplier format. Once the series adopts a less restrictive format, Ferrari will likely enter.
“If Formula E requires people to change cars during a race because we exhaust the power available within a given car, that is not something that Ferrari would naturally gravitate to,” he told Autosport last November.
“Secondly, the standardisation associated with the electric car is something which runs against the grain of Ferrari because otherwise it will prevent [Ferrari] from playing whatever it is that it does technically on a vehicle.”
Via F1 Fanatic.co.uk