Ferrari is targeting to reduce the average carbon dioxide emissions of its fleet by 20 percent by 2021 while boosting performance of its vehicles. The carmaker plans to achieve this by employing turbochargers on V-8 engines and hybrid systems on V-12s, Ferrari Powertrain Director Vittorio Dini told AutoWeek.
He pegged Ferrari’s current average CO2 emissions at around 270 g/km. He said that the super carmaker will employ available technologies to cut the figure emissions by 3 percent each year, resulting to a 20-percent drop by 2021.
Dini noted that Ferrari’s average CO2 emissions were 435g/km in 2007. While Ferrari is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the super carmaker is considered as a stand-alone company in terms of meeting stiff global CO2 emissions targets, mainly because of its small size, separate headquarters and separate technical centers.
Dini remarked that one of the advantages of low-volume production, pegged at around 7,000 units annually, is that the carmaker has been able to negotiate its own targets with both regulators in the European Union and officials at the US Environment Protection Agency.
Dini quipped that the important thing is that Ferrari achieves the same percentage reduction trend as mass-market carmakers. Turbocharging has allowed Ferrari to reduce CO2 emissions while improving performance in its newly launched California T coupe-convertible, which turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 gasoline engine provides 552 hp while emitting just 250g/km of CO2.
The engine that powers its predecessor – a 4.3-liter naturally aspired V-8 – provided 483 hp and emitted 299g/km of CO2. Dini remarked that all of Ferarri’s V-8s will use turbos in the future. He also remarked that the super carmaker’s next goal would be to cut the displacement of its V-8s while bring out more power.
He said that the Italian carmaker would bank on hybrid solutions to reduce fuel use and emissions on V-12 engines, which powers its F12 Berlinetta and FF models. Ferrari unveiled the limited-edition LaFerrari hybrid that is powered by an 800-hp normally aspirated 6.3-liter V-12 and a 120-kW electric motor.
The hybrid boasts of a combined 963 hp of output and 330g/km of CO2 emission – much better that its predecessor, the Enzo, which stats stood at 660hp and 545g/km of CO2. Dini, however, said that turbos don’t offer a good solution for the V-12s it take up too much space and create too much heat in the compartment. [source: AutoWeek]