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Ferrari's Future Will Be Turbo V8s and Hybrid V12s

Fuel emissions will decrease while power will only continue to increase. Not bad, huh?

There’s been a lot of discussion lately regarding Ferrari’s future engine technology. We all know that turbocharging will play a significant role. Fortunately, the V12 engine will remain in place, a longtime Ferrari trademark. It won’t be turbocharged like the V8s (and possibly V6s). What it will have, however, is hybrid technology just like the LaFerrari. Ferrari has recently made clear that it intends to reduce its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2021.

It also wants to further increase performance at the same time. To make both happen, turbochargers and hybrid systems are required. We can also expect to see a decrease in V8 displacement. So why won’t Ferrari turbocharge its V12s? Pagani does so with the Huayra and that’s working out just fine. The reason is that four turbos would be needed in order to achieve the required power output and efficiency. That simply takes up too much space and creates too much heat in the engine compartment. Fortunately, the LaFerrari’s powertrain combo of a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 and a 120 kW electric motor does the trick beautifully.

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