The LaFerrari is leading the way for more hybrids.
Every enthusiast and Ferrari fanatic in the world can take a deep sigh of relief as the Italian automaker is planning on making another hybrid hypercar. According to a report by Autocar, Ferrari filed a patent in June 2015, which details a modular architecture for future hybrid models. A patent isn’t necessarily a guarantee of an upcoming model, but the need to always be one step ahead of the competition and to improve its vehicles will surely result in another high-performance car that utilizes a hybrid powertrain.
According to Autocar, the patent reveals a front-engined, transaxle vehicle that features batteries under the cockpit floor. However, the automotive outlet also found a separate patent for a common cockpit design that allows for a mid-engined or front-engined construction. Having a modular construction would help cut development costs for future Ferraris, while giving the automaker the ability to have some variation throughout its lineup. Autocar believes that this modular architecture will allow the automaker to create future hybrid models. A front-engined supercar, whether it would be a hybrid or not, would point to a successor to the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
However, there’s not much the automaker would be able to do to make the current iteration of the F12tdf without going into hypercar territory. According to Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari will face increased CO2 emissions scrutiny since the automaker is now a publically traded company. That would mean the Italian brand would have to look towards hybrids and turbocharging to keep its V8s and V12s alive.