Next Ferrari supercar to receive a twin-turbo V8 engine

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

Carbon fiber won't be used extensively in Ferrari's production road cars until the company gets a better understanding of the material's long-term reliability, according to boss Amedeo Felisa.

In an interview with Autocar, Felisa said that carbonfiber will be used only on special cars like the Enzo that have a "very low rate of production" and which are not for daily use.

Felisa said that carbonfiber was used in the F50 and Enzo, but it is not prepared to use the material across its model range. On the other hand, McLaren is committed to using carbonfiber in its cars from 2012.

In fact, its MP4-12C supercar has a carbon tub. BMW is also expected to use carbonfiber in its models starting in 2013.

Felisa explains Ferrari's stand, stating that no one knows really what would happen if a carbonfiber structure is damaged or of what state its structure would be after 20-30 years. He stated that only the airplane industry has a long-term understanding of carbonfiber but then again, their "usage is very different."

He explained further that currently, a Ferrari can be fixed even if it has gotten into a really big accident and that it's unsure if a carbonfiber structure would be as fixable.

Felisa left hints that when the new Ferrari Enzo will be launched in 2012, it will be powered by a direct-injection twin-turbo V8.

There have been reports that the new Enzo would be powered by either a V8 or direct-injection twin-turbo V6. Felisa also said that a six-cylinder engine won't be considered until "customer attitudes towards smaller engines change."

Topics: ferrari, engine, supercar

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

In 2014, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations revealed the F-Type Project 7. At that time, it was said to be the fastest accelerating road car carrying a 5.0-liter Supercharged...
by - May 29, 2017
There is an ongoing rumor going around the automotive community, and it’s aimed at BMW. The rumor? The German marque has reportedly axed the i5 Electric vehicle concept. These supposed...
by - May 29, 2017
Volkswagen's yearly Worthersee affair that happens in Austria is considered a hotbed for all types of cars from the German company's long and renowned history. Most of the gathering features...
by - May 29, 2017
Behold, the Rolls-Royce Sweptail! The Sweptail is probably the biggest two-seater car that has ever been built. It may look odd at first glance, and you may not be fond...
by - May 29, 2017
BMW just keeps on getting bigger and bigger, in terms of their lineup I mean. Just after unveiling the 8 Series Concept, they are now teasing us with an M8...
by - May 29, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries