A new patent for electric and hybrid drivetrains has been discovered.
Porsche has done it with the Taycan, so why not Ferrari, too? Yes, the Italian automaker of gas-guzzling V8 and V12 supercars like the Ferrari 812 Superfast looks to be building its own all-electric car as we have tracked down a patent via the European Patent Office for a "motor vehicle comprising an electric axle". The applicant? None other than Ferrari S.p.A.
Of course, company CEO Louis Camilleri did mention previously that the automaker was open to developing an electric grand touring model, but it's clear now that plans to do so are further along than we expected.
With even supercar manufacturers not immune to emissions regulations, it's perhaps no surprise that Ferrari has taken this route, although we're certain that an all-electric Ferrari will be unlike anything we've seen with a battery pack and electric motors.
According to details in the patent, we should anticipate that Ferrari's first EV will feature a four-motor configuration. The patent describes "an electrically powered road vehicle comprising four drive wheels and four reversible electric machines, each of which is mechanically entirely independent of the other electric machines and has a shaft directly connected to a corresponding drive wheel." This setup should provide the Ferrari EV with phenomenal dynamics as power can be sent to the wheel that needs it.
In Figure 1, we can see a motor module (MM) and an electric motor-generator (EM). Also pictured is a gearbox case (GTC) enclosing a gear train. Ferrari's design can also accommodate a hybrid setup, as the patent references an area between the electric axle and the vehicle passenger compartment where "a battery pack or an internal combustion engine may advantageously be housed."
In Figure 11, we can see "an electric or hybrid sports car equipped with the rear electric axle arranged to drive the rear wheels of the car and a front axle arranged to drive the front wheels."
In short, the patent points to a dramatic departure for the supercar giant, although the hybrid models will likely still offer the spine-tingling engine note that defines virtually every Ferrari. The mention of a "two-seater electric sports vehicle" is also promising (Figure 7 shows an electrified vehicle with space for just two passengers), indicating that this won't be some conservative family vehicle, but possibly something as sexy as a Ferrari Portofino.
Considering what Tesla, Porsche, and others have achieved with EV power outputs and performance, the electrified Ferrari sounds like something we should get excited about.