Ferrari will replace the limited-edition Enzo next year with a gasoline-electric hybrid model that’s the most expensive and powerful sports car yet. The Italian automaker will make use of fuel-saving technology for its first hybrid that has so far been dubbed the F70 in trade press and blogs. It’s likely to be priced higher than the 660,000 euro ($850,000) price tag on the Enzo, a source said.
By making use of the Hy-Kers hybrid technology intended for Formula One racing, the model will combine two electric motors with a 12-cylinder gasoline engine to generate higher horsepower than any existing Ferrari. What makes it even more surprising is that its fuel consumption is lower by 40%. Fabio Barone, chairman of the Passione Rossa owners' club and the owner of two Ferraris, said that “dedicated Ferrari drivers: consider power and technology first.
He said that the new Enzo will meet their needs. This model is included in an incoming lineup of green supercars as high-end automakers improve efforts so that their models would be environmentally friendly, while still maintaining or increasing performance. As more models are offered and emission rules tighten, sales of hybrid supercars may experience a surge from fewer than 100 this year to over 2,100 in 2015, IHS Automotive said.
Porsche, which offers hybrid versions of the Cayenne SUV and Panamera four-door coupe, is planning to begin deliveries next year of the 768,000 euro 918 Spyder. The range-topping Porsche sports car will have a 500-hp engine with 218-hp electric motors to reach a top speed of over 320 kilometers (199 miles) per hour.
BMW will be releasing the i8 plug-in hybrid in 2014. The BMW supercar could drive up to 35 kilometers on electric power and it could accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour in shorter than 5 seconds. Ian Fletcher, an analyst at IHS Automotive in London, said that there has to be a difference when it comes to lower emissions. He explained that to sell well in Europe and in the U.S., there would have to be a significant drop in emissions, even if the car in question is valued at 100,000. He said that if a supercar gets a hybrid engine, the supercar would become more practical.