Ferrari Takes The Plunge And Goes ‘Green’

Written by tonks on November 20, 2007

FerrariAutomakers everywhere are working to create newer vehicles that are better for the environment. Most of these automakers have been Honda and Ford so we are surprised and excited to see Ferrari joining the clan.

Ferrari aims to have future models of its luxury sports line consume 40 percent less fuel by 2012 in response to the growing pressure on car makers to reduce CO2 emissions from their vehicles. Amedeo Felisa, general manager of the Italian luxury sports car maker, said Ferrari wanted to reduce CO2 emissions from 400 grams per kilometre to 280-300 grams per kilometre.

We have to face the challenge of reducing consumption but not affecting the performance of the car,” he said at the Reuters Auto Summit in Frankfurt. “Otherwise we move (away) from our position in the market and we do not want to do that.” Felisa said Ferrari engineers were looking at everything from improving the performance of the engine to using lighter materials for the body of the car.

It will be interesting to see how Ferrari accomplishes this reduction. Earlier this year, the company revealed a very conceptual concept car called the Millechili, which was supposed to achieve green cred through a hybrid drivetrain and excessive use of lightweight materials like carbon fiber and aluminum.

Many people are wondering if Ferrari should use all their time and energy on creating ‘green’ cars due to the fact that not many people actually own one and they are rarely seen on the road. We on the other hand don’t want to discourage Ferrari and we say go for it.


Posted Under: Ferrari,Supercars

Reader Comments

can i drive…./

#1 
Written By aamir on November 22nd, 2007 @ 3:15 am

change wheelplate.

#2 
Written By aamir on November 22nd, 2007 @ 3:16 am

I own a 1989 Mondial T Coupe (one of 42 ever imported to the USA) and have been a Ferrari Club member since my first Ferrari (a 308 GTSi QV) in 1995. I am, as one would guess, a huge Ferrari follower (Tifosi, as the Italians call it) and history buff.

Ferrari has always been on the cutting edge technologically and spending almost a billion$ a year on Formula One shows in their cars. The technology that will be needed to achieve their goals will just trickle down eventually to all road cars. Just like the paddle-shift gearbox first appeared on Ferrari F1 cars and then in Ferrari road cars and then in turn to Porsche’s Tiptronic, which then found a way into Audis and then again into VW’s. Technological advancements start in racing, then end up in expensive cars, then eventually into common road cars.

Unfortunately, we don’t have an American car company like Ferrari or Porsche that leads in technology. Corvettes use current tech but never seem to move the game forward. Saleen is an American Noble or Pagani. And the Viper is the automotive equivalent to Vin Diesel, which means to say, an embarassment. I know some will argue with that, but all you need to do is look at how huge Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Mercedes exports are to the rest of the world, especially to the mushrooming Chinese market.

Ferrari will get to 30 grams per kilometer by basically lowering their cars kerb weights and some emiissions technology they will create along the way without sacrificing horsepower or more importantly the torque curve throughout the band range all the way up to redline. This means more use of carbon fiber and aluminum instead of steel.

There are those who think this is a PR stunt to appease the green party. Whatever. Go buy a Corvette that is phenomenally fast and has no market outside the US.

#3 
Written By Rick on November 26th, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

Well said! Rick, wanna job selling Ferrari’s?

#4 
Written By syscokydd on November 26th, 2007 @ 7:35 pm

Ben bunu Volkswagen’nin eki model beetle modeline benzettim.Çünkü Ferrari gibi sakız çöpünden el arabası teneke araba üreten bir firmanın bu cahil olduÄŸunda Tata ile anlaÅŸarak rakipleri ödül alırken ferrari gibi el arabasından sakız çöpünden otomobil üreten ezikferrari daha çok nal toplar.

#5 
Written By Burak Yavuz on October 5th, 2009 @ 10:11 am

wtf who r u offering jobes for ferrari

#6 
Written By enzo ferrari on May 7th, 2011 @ 2:45 am

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