Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Testing a ‘Silent’ Prototipo
Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) CEO Sergio Marchionne said in 2016 that every Ferrari sold from Y 2019 will offer hybrid tech in some form, and the Maranello outfit’s engineers are working to make it a reality.
This video recently posted on YouTube shows what appears to be a 488 prototipo motoring around Ferrari’s test track, Fiorano, in silence
The Big Q: Will come out with 488 hybrid?
The Big A: Likely not.
Last year, we heard a rumor that Ferrari’s track-focused 488 would use hybrid assistance, but now we know that car, the 488 Pista, uses conventional internal-combustion power alone.
With that being the case, this car is probably a test mule for a future Ferrari hybrid, possibly the successor to the 488.
CEO Marchionne said last year that a Ferrari with a hybrid V8 drivetrain would arrive in Y 2019, and that it might not use a kinetic energy-recovery system (KERS) like the LaFerrari.
The LaFerrari’s system was used just to improve performance, this new system will boost efficiency and reduce emissions.
CEO Marchionne made it clear that he wants Ferrari to sell over 10,000 cars annually, but doing so would force the company to comply with tougher emissions and fuel-economy regulations.
Given this fact set, it will not come as a surprise to see Ferrari develop a hybrid using a more traditional battery system, which could offer some all-electric driving range.
So, the car in the video is probably a prototype for a 488 successor.
Ferrari usually likes to roll out its “Speciale Series” cars a year or 2 before the next mid-engine V8 arrives. That means Y 2019 for a possible arrival of this car-which, is when CEO Marchionne confirmed Ferrari’s first hybrid V8 will debut.
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