The Ferrari 812 Superfast will be the last naturally aspirated V12 Ferrari ever, but that doesn’t mean the automaker’s cars will adopt a pair of turbochargers. According to Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, the automaker’s V12 cars will remain without forced induction but will adopt a hybrid drive system going forward.
“Our head of engine programmes told me it would be absolutely nuts to [put a] turbocharger on the V12, so the answer is no,” Marchionne told Autocar in a recent interview. “It [will be] naturally aspirated, with a hybrid [system].”
Surprisingly, Ferrari’s plan to hybridize its forthcoming V12 cars isn’t solely due to C02 emissions. The 812 Superfast is actually well below the maximum allowed emissions levels that will be in place for the next four years. However the automaker sees hybridization as a good way forward in regards to speed and performance.
“The objective of having hybrid and electrics in cars like this is not the traditional objective that most people would have,” Marchionne said. “We’re not trying to make two targets. We’re really trying to improve the performance on the track.”
These statements all but confirm that the replacement for the 812 Superfast will be hybrid. It’s also reasonable to assume the replacement for the LaFerrari flagship, whenever that may arrive, will also rely more heavily on electrification to boost its performance.