Ferrari's Arrogance Continues To Pay Off

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A pure electric Ferrari will come one day, but it will have to be extraordinary.

Later this month on May 31, Ferrari will reveal its new hybrid supercar that will come with a claimed 986 hp. The LaFerrari, just to compare, has 949 hp. The new model will also utilize a V8 instead of the LaFerrari’s V12. We still don’t know whether the new Ferrari will have two or three electric motors.

But what about the next level of supercars and hypercars? The level that only a very select few are even attempting at the moment. Wouldn’t Ferrari, the ultimate performance car company, want to compete against Rimac and its all-electric C_Two? What about the upcoming second-generation Tesla Roadster and its mind-boggling 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds? Turns out Ferrari is in no rush for pure electrification.

Autocar recently spoke to Ferrari chief technical officer Michael Leiters about this subject and it boils down to two reasons why the carmaker is avoiding an EV: sound and weight. "It’s not fitting right now for a Ferrari,” Leiters said. "We’re studying, yes, to learn better but there is no decision yet.”

Here’s a perfect example regarding weight: 4,300 pounds vs. 3,495 pounds. The C_Two weighs 805 pounds more than LaFerrari, all because of its heavy batteries. This is something Ferrari knows it needs to overcome before launching an all-out electric hypercar.

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We have no doubt it’s already working on solutions, albeit very quietly. As far as sound goes, well, electric vehicles naturally don’t make much. The only option to get around that is to create artificial sounds but that process presents a whole new set of challenges. Legislation already requires EVs to have artificial sound for a number of reasons, among them to prevent blind pedestrians from getting injured or killed.

But supercar and hypercar EVs, like their internal combustion counterparts, need to be special and sound extraordinary. If Ferrari hasn’t cracked that egg yet then why bother selling something subpar? Eventually, Ferrari will attempt pure electrification and we wouldn’t be surprised to see that happen with the LaFerrari’s successor.

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